Chinese five spice powder is most commonly used when cooking duck and other meats, but Chowhounds offer tips for using it with fish and in dessert-y preps.

rootlesscosmo rubs five spice powder on the exposed flesh of a salmon fillet, then pan-sears the fish, skin side-down, for a few minutes, and finishes in a 400 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes until done. Meaty white fishes like halibut stand up well to assertive five spice powder, says lunchbox, who recommends dredging halibut in flour seasoned with five spice and sauteing.

For sweets, “anything sweet that you would add cinnamon to is better with five spice,” preaches lunchbox. He poaches pears for tarts in ruby port and five spice powder. DGresh sautes ripe plantains in a mixture of butter and oil, sprinkling with five spice powder when they’re nearly done. babette feasts loves five spice powder in gingerbread.

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