Top Star Anise Recipes You Should Try


Great star anise recipes recommended by most cooks you should try at least once.

Overview about star anise recipes

Star anise was first introduced to the EU in the 17th century and mainly used in puddings, jams, syrups and later in making drinks due to its sweetness. Nowadays, star anise recipes are increasingly diverse in many fields such as medicine, food and drinks, especially in daily home-made dishes including light broth, baked cake, chicken, etc. The reason why star anise is popular in recipes is due to the spice’s outstanding flavor which helps intensify the food taste and the great health benefits it brings.


Overview about star anise recipes

Star anise recipes for cooking food

Star anise is an important material helping improve the food flavor in many famous dishes from Asian to Western cuisine such as Pho Vietnam, Chombolini Italian cake and Chinese Braised Oxtail. Let’s see the usage of star anise for cooking.

Recipes for star anise in cooking Pho Vietnam broth

Pho is considered as a specialty of Vietnamese cuisine that any tourists should try at least once when visiting here since you will feel the Vietnamese star anise flavour the best. To create the rich, cozy and layered blend of flavors, Pho broth has to be simmered for hours with the support of many materials in which star anise is a necessary one creating aromatic smell and partly sweetness for the dish. Along with star anise, there are 4 spices left in Pho broth including whole cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, and coriander seeds; all of which are recommended to be used as a whole and heated one to optimize their natural smell.


Recipes for star anise in cooking Pho Vietnam broth

Star anise recipes for baking cake

For baking, star anise is often used in the form of ground or oil which is easily blended into the mixture. Due to being rich in anthole, star anise has a licorice-like taste which is a traditional ingredient in such baked things as Italian biscotti, pizzelle cookies, and springerle as well as candy, which helps flavor both savory and sweet taste to the dishes.


Star anise recipes for baking cake

Star anise recipes with braised meats

In braised meats dishes, star anise is usually used whole in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Whole star anise pods are often simmered in braises for 2 or 3 hours then are usually discarded and removed from the dishes before serving to eat. It mixes well in savory recipes with citrus, chicken, oxtail and beef, adding a unique sweet licorice-like taste and intensifying the richness of the meats.


Star anise recipes with braised meats

Star anise recipes for making drinks

Not only popular in intensifying the food flavor, star anise is also known as an important spice in such drinks as tea and wine thanks to its aromatic smell and great health benefits.

Making tea with star anise

The most common and easy-to-prepare drink with star anise is cinnamon-star anise tea which is a great mixture of aromatic cinnamon sticks and whole star anise. There are only 3 simple ingredients including green tea leaves, dried star anise and cinnamon, plus boiling water in the star anise tea recipe. Then an ideal beverage is made with the balance of bitterness, a little sweetness and warmth of the two spices and the natural flavor of green tea leaves. For each consumer’s taste, a half cup of milk or a teaspoon of honey can also be added.


Making tea with star anise


  • 1 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole star anise
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 4 cups of boiling water

Mulled wine with star anise

This beverage is popular with its complex and fragrant flavor of sweetness, bitterness and a bit of sourness. There are 3 main steps to make this special drink. Firstly, put the red wine, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, sugar and lemon zest in a large pan then cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes. After that remove the mixture from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for 30 minutes. Finally, to serve, heat without boiling, stir in the sloe gin and pour into heatproof glasses or mugs.


Mulled wine with star anise


  • 750ml bottle red wine
  • 1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
  • 4 teaspoon of caster sugar


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    About author Camila Nguyen

    She has 13 years experience in connecting B2B customers around the world and provide best-quality agricultural products from Vietnam to them. She would love to share her knowledge about agricultural products through the blogs. You can contact her on Whatsapp via number: +84 84 4444 867 to get the free consultancy

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