Star Anise Recipes

From Vietnamese pho and Chinese barbecue pork to poached pears and pineapple upside-down cake, star anise adds a warm and comforting flavor to dishes, including dinner and dessert!

Staff Picks

Authentic Pho

Rating: 4.28 stars
This authentic pho isn't quick, but it is delicious. The key is in the broth, which gets simmered for at least 6 hours.

Cabbage Borscht Mennonite Soup

Rating: 4.4 stars
This is my Omas recipe that she got from her mom, which she took with her when she fled Russia during the fall of the Czar. It's a real Mennonite soup.

Beef Pho

Rating: 4.47 stars
Authentic South Vietnamese Style Pho. A comforting richly seasoned beef broth is ladled over rice noodles and thinly sliced beef. Add hot sauce and plum sauce to taste and top with cilantro, basil, lime juice and bean sprouts.

Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

Rating: 4.14 stars
One of my favorite dishes when I head back home; it combines hard-boiled eggs with the subtle flavor of anise and the deep brown hues of black tea and soy. The cracked patterns from the broken shells make these quite attractive! I eat these sliced in quarters and chilled as a side dish, appetizer, or snack. Recipe courtesy of Mom.

Filipino Ribs

Rating: 4.36 stars
Spareribs glazed with the sweet, tangy taste of the Philippines. One of the honey coating ingredients, star anise, is native to China; it is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-sized seed in each of its eight segments. Star anise is available at all Asian markets as well as many general grocery stores.

Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Rating: 4.92 stars
A vegetarian version of this tasty Vietnamese noodle soup.

Chef John's Honey-Glazed Ham

Rating: 4.93 stars
A great holiday ham glaze needs to have three things: wonderful flavor, gorgeous, shiny appearance, and a crispy, crackling crust you can hear across the room. I'm happy to report this easy-to-make glaze has all those things in abundance.

Quick Pickled Radishes

Rating: 4.9 stars
Pickled radishes add a nice flavor to so many things, including salads, noodle bowls, tacos, and brisket sandwiches. They're even great on their own! They're easily customizable with different spices and seasonings. These are ready in minutes, but the flavor only gets better overnight. They will turn a lovely shade of pink the longer they sit. Use a mandoline slicer for quick, even slicing. Will keep for several weeks.


Rating: 4.63 stars
A traditional Mexican chocolate drink.

Taiwanese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Rating: 4.88 stars
A classic Taiwanese/Chinese dish! Tons of flavor and spice! One of my favorite noodle dishes of all time in a slow-cooker version. A bowl of this in the winter evenings will warm you right up!

Spicy Tomato Chicken (Ayam Masak Merah)

Rating: 4.63 stars
This is a Malay/Indonesian dish which is spicy and sweet at the same time. Recipe was passed down to me by my mother-in-law, and although it doesn't quite taste the same as the way she makes it, my husband loves it!


Rating: 4.63 stars
Baharat is a spice mix used throughout the Arab world to season everything from lentils to meat. There are many variations; this recipe is from my grandmother. It is best to buy all the spices whole and grind them yourself for extra flavor.

Inspiration and Ideas

Instant Pot® Applesauce
Rating: Unrated
Five minutes of high pressure is all you need to get a smooth, fragrant applesauce - the Instant Pot® does all the work!
Pickled Grapes
Rating: Unrated
These fun and unique pickles are delicious! They're a stunning side to grilled meats and sandwiches or straight out if the jar. Store grapes in refrigerator for 1 week. Enjoy!

Slow-Cooked Red Braised Pork Belly

Rating: 4 stars

This is one of the most common Chinese household dishes. You almost never find this dish in restaurants because it takes a long time to cook and because it is gloriously fatty. Serve with steamed rice and your choice of vegetable.