Chinese Five-Spice Powder Seasoning


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Mountain Momma’s Authentic Five-Spice Powder Seasoning (Chinese: 五香粉; pinyin: wǔxiāng fěn) is our mixture of five spices used predominantly in almost all branches of Chinese cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine. The five flavors of the spices (sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and pungent) refers to the five traditional Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water).

Our mix for ground five-spice powder (center) is (clockwise from top left)

  • Ceylon Sweet Cinnamon (ròuguì 肉桂)
  • Fennel seeds (xiǎohuíxiāng 小茴香)
  • Star anise (bājiǎo 八角)
  • Szechuan pepper (huājiāo 花椒) and White Pepper
  • Cloves (dīngxiāng 丁香)


Five-spice powder is a fantastic addition to savory meat dishes, and as a marinade or dry-rub for beef, duck, and pork, chicken, or seafood. We’ll also add a pinch to vegetable stir fries, rice dishes, stews, and even some baked goods for the unique and warming flavors. Sprinkle Five Spice Seasoning on chow mein noodles just before serving.

Five Spice has a traditional use as an antiseptic and used for indigestion.[1] In a scientific study, results showed that clove was the major contributor to the high antioxidant capacities.[2] Fennel and star anise have lower antioxidant values compared to the clove, but lend to the licorice flavor of the powder.[3]

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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