Awaken your senses and create the most delicious fragrant dishes with our collection of 18 Aromatic Star Anise Recipes.
Star anise is a seed pod with a star shape that is used as a spice in cooking. Native to China star anise has a unique strong sweet spicy flavor. It is used as a whole pod or as a powder to flavor both sweet and savory meals and drinks.
In savory dishes, it's used to season meat, stews, soups and sauces. In sweet recipes to flavor desserts, ice cream, sorbet, jam, preserves, cookies, cakes and sweet bread.
Star anise makes a wonderful addition to teas and warming drinks, especially during the cooler season. It pairs well with warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and citrus fruits.
Star anise is one of the spices in the Chinese five spice blend, Indian garam masala blend and masala chai blend and is used to make mulled wine. Get all cozy and warm with our 18 Aromatic Star Anise Recipes round-up.
1. Braised Pork Belly and Beans with Molasses and Star Anise
This comforting Braised Pork Belly and Beans with Molasses and Star Anise by Rhubarb & Cod is a twist on the classic Asian dish. In this recipe, the pork belly is braised with molasses, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, dried chilies and navy beans.
2. Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)
If you've never tried Bo Kho then you're in for a treat. This flavorsome Vietnamese Beef Stew by Pups with Chopsticks is made by braising beef with lemongrass, ginger, star anise and cinnamon resulting in a delicious aromatic fall-apart beef stew.
3. Pear and Star Anise Tarte Tatin
We are always up for a delicious dessert and this mouth-watering Pear and Star Anise Tarte Tatin by Eat in my Kitchen won't disappoint. This classic upside-down tart made with shortcrust pastry and caramelized star anise pear topping is simply divine.
4. Spiced Hot Cocoa
This yummy Spiced Hot Cocoa by In Search of Yummy-ness calls for cozy afternoons all snuggled up with your loved ones. This lovely recipe combines milk with cocoa, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to create a warm comforting drink.
5. Orange and Anise Snowflake Bread
Bake this festive Orange and Anise Snowflake Bread by Domestic Gothess. This showstopping soft sweet yeast bread is flavored with orange zest, orange blossom water and star anise and shaped into snowflakes.
6. Mango, Coconut and Star Anise Ice Cream
We adore the vibrant color of this Mango, Coconut and Star Anise Ice Cream by Nik Sharma. This tropical aroma ice cream made with mango, cream cheese and star anise is garnished with toasted coconut.
7. Star Anise Snickerdoodles
These yummy Star Anise Snickerdoodles by Foodgal are perfectly crisp on the edges and chewy in the center. Baked with star anise, cinnamon and vanilla flavors these simple to make delicious cookies are a must-try recipe.
8. Preserved Pears with Ginger and Star Anise
Star anise adds just the perfect flavor balance to these Preserved Pears with Ginger and Star Anise by Eat Live Run. Serve this yummy treat with your morning oatmeal, vanilla ice cream or just eat them right out of the jar.
9. Star Anise Chicken Cups
These tasty Star Anise Chicken Cups by Primal Wellness are made with chicken flavored with star anise and five spice blend. Keep it light and healthy and eat this delicious chicken in lettuce or endive wraps and garnish with chopped macadamias.
10. Raspberry Star Anise Jam
You will love this quick delightful Raspberry Star Anise Jam by The Baker's Almanac. This delicious twist on a classic recipe takes only fifteen minutes to make and will keep refrigerated for up to two months.
11. Hawaiian Oxtail Soup
You’re in for a special treat with this incredibly tasty Hawaiian Oxtail Soup recipe by Greedy Gourmet. This deliciously rich and exotic dish is made with oxtail, shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger, star anise, orange, chili, peanuts, greens and cilantro.
12. Butternut Squash Soup With Star Anise
Tuck right into this creamy Butternut Squash Soup With Star Anise by Recipes from a Pantry. This vegan velvety soup is a simple quick recipe with butternut squash, carrots, onion, garlic, star anise and vegetable stock. Simply throw all the ingredients into a pot, boil, blend and enjoy.
13. Pear and Star Anise Sorbet with Pear Wafers
This elegant Pear and Star Anise Sorbet with Pear Wafers by The Circus Gardener's Kitchen highlights the perfect pairing of pears and star anise. This light refreshing dessert is made with only 4 ingredients and with two elements to it it's a perfect recipe for a special dinner.
14. Star Anise Tea
Star Anise Tea by Hint of Healthy is a comforting delicious drink that is perfect for the winter and the holiday season. Simply made with star anise, cinnamon sticks, tea bags and a little honey this tea feels like a warm hug.
15. Tandoori Tofu Tikka Masala
This incredible Tandoori Tofu Tikka Masala by Sanjana Feasts is a vegan take on Britain’s favorite curry. In this recipe, puffy tofu is marinated in a homemade tandoori paste with star anise, charred and served with creamy vegan curry sauce.
16. Chai Masala Spice Blend
Star anise is used in the famous chai spice blend. This aromatic Chai Masala Spice Blend recipe by Masala & Chai shows you exactly how to make your very own homemade one with green cardamom, star anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace, nutmeg and black peppercorns.
17. Damson Plum Galette with Thyme and Star Anise
This rustic Damson Plum Galette with Thyme and Star Anise by Brooklyn Supper is one of the best fall bake recipes. Beautifully unfussy with autumnal colors and flavors of damson plums, fresh thyme, star anise and lemon settled inside a flaky all-butter crust.
18. Mulled Wine
Warm up with this aromatic Mulled Wine by Gimme Some Oven. This traditional homemade mulled wine recipe with red wine, brandy, orange, star anise, cinnamon, and cloves is perfect for holiday entertaining.