Five Spice Seafood + Wine Bar


fried five-spice squid

What is Five-Spice?

Five-spice powder is a mixture of spices popularized in Chinese cuisine. Said to contain all five tastes - sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy - five-spice adds a delicious accent to many dishes such as our special Five-Spiced Squid.

Five-Spice Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. Szechuan Peppercorns
  • 8 Star Anise
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Ground Fennel Seed

Preparing Five-Spice Powder

  1. In a un-oiled dry skillet, roast 2 teaspoons of peppercorns (preferably Szechuan or sub with black peppercorns) by shaking the pan over low to medium heat until the aroma of the peppercorns is released (about three minutes).
  2. Grind the roasted peppercorns together with 8 star anise (or sub out 4 teaspoons of ground anise) in a blender or pepper mill.
  3. Strain the blended seasonings.
  4. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of ground fennel seed.
  5. Grind all seasonings together until they become very fine.
  6. Store the five-spice in a good airtight container.

Fried Five-Spiced Squid

After you make the five spice, mix your wonderful creation with the flour below...

  • Five-Spice Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cleaned Squid
  • Sesame Oil
  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Spicy Aioli
  1. Season flour with Five-Spice, Salt and Pepper.
  2. Dip cleaned squid in the seasoned flour mixture.
  3. Flash fry in sesame oil for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve with Ponzu sauce and spicy Aioli.

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