Star Anise - Spices and Herbs

Star Anise

Like a stronger version of anise seeds, star anise has a distinct, spicy licorice flavor.

Its intense flavor complements soups, stews and braising liquids. And it pairs particularly well with soy sauce and Chinese five spice.

Use it to add an authentic, Far East flavor to your meals. Just make sure to discard the pod after cooking.

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Cooking With Star Anise

Try it with

  • Applesauce
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Poaching liquid for fish or poultry
  • Poaching liquid for fruit, such as pears
  • Pho


Even though the star anise pod is inedible, the Chinese like to chew on it as a breath freshener.