How is Star Anise used in cooking?
Whole pods are added to braised dishes, soups, and stews to infuse flavour, whilst ground star anise powder is used in savoury dishes and pairs well with citrus, tomatoes, onions, poultry, beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It also makes a great addition to sweet dishes and desserts, such as baked fruit, poached pears, pies and muffins.
In the Indian sub-continent, Star Anise is used as a spice in preparation of Biryani and Masala Chai and is widely used throughout Asia, including Malay and Indonesian cuisines.
A single pod of star anise adds a really warm, spicy undertone to tomato-based sauces and stews and to braised beef dishes – from stews to chilli to oxtail soup, star anise is the secret ingredient that can elevate your dish to a whole new level!