Chinese Star Anise-Orange Brine

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Recipe from Sunset

More From Sunset


  • 1 1/2 cups dry sherry
  • 2/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger
  • 12 star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (2 1/2 in. long)
  • 2 tablespoons red chile flakes
  • Zest of 4 oranges or 8 tangerines
  • 2 cups orange juice or tangerine juice


  1. Pour 2 1/2 qts. water into a deep pot. Add remaining ingredients except orange juice. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Nest pot in ice water until cool. Discard cinnamon and stir in orange juice.
  2. Accompaniments
  3. Orange or tangerine slices
  4. Sushi rice
  5. Green onions cut in 2-in.-long slivers
My Notes

Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.

Add Note

Chinese Star Anise-Orange Brine Recipe at a Glance
  1. Enter at least one ingredient

Find out what we've got cooking...

Weekly Specials
Get our Free Weekly Specials Newsletter filled with our favorite recipes, seasonal menus, and special features.
We Respect Your Privacy. Privacy Policy