five-spice powder


: a blend of spices typically including anise, pepper, fennel, cloves, and cinnamon that is used in Chinese cooking

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Then there’s cabbage seasoned with fragrant five-spice powder and tossed with mild Chinese yam and jalapeños — a touch of heat in the garden. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 Combine the salt, Chinese five-spice powder, gochugaru and Sichuan chile flakes and sprinkle on each of the chops. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2023 There’s the pixilated crunch of the popcorn chicken haunted with five-spice powder and ground Sichuan peppercorns. Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2023 Pan-Seared Five-Spice Scallops Not familiar with five-spice powder? Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2022 The Chinese five-spice powder gives the marinade an almost smoky scent. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 Hoisin sauce, red pepper flakes, and five-spice powder give the healthy ground beef recipe some sweet-and-spicy flair. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2022 That goes even for this dish, flavored with five-spice powder and soy. New York Times, 28 June 2022 In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, five-spice powder and sugar. CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of five-spice powder was in 1970

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“Five-spice powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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