Sichuan ice cream in a bowl

Sensational 5 Spice Ice Cream

This one’s for all you spice lovers. The addition of Pepper Sichuan (or Szechwan) gives ice cream a warm peppery fragrance, with citrus notes. The aftertaste is slightly numbing on the tongue. Cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg, and ground cloves round off a spicy, must-try ice cream.

5 spice ice cream recipe
5 spice ice cream
Sichuan ice cream in a bowl

5 Spice Sichuan Ice Cream Recipe

Spicy, flavor-filled ice cream with a hit of Sichuan.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: 5 spice, ice cream, sechuan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 1/2 cups full cream milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp skim milk powder
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp Sichuan pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Add milk, cream, milk powder, sugar, salt and spices to a medium saucepan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly, until milk is simmering.
  • Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool then add to an airtight container and place in the fridge over night to allow flavours to infuse.
  • The next day, strain the liquid into a saucepan and cook on medium heat until simmering.
  • Meanwhile whisk yolks until light in colour then slowly pour 1 cup of the milk into the yolks while whisking.
  • Pour egg mixture back into the milk whilst stirring constantly.
  • Continue cooking until the liquid coats the back of a spoon. Don't allow it to boil.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, then allow to cool. Strain into an airtight container and place in fridge at least 3 hours.
  • Churn as per manufacturers instructions then pour into container and freeze for 3 hours or until hardened.


Add some chilli with your other spices to give your ice cream an extra kick of heat.

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  1. How much Sichuan pepper is supposed to be in this recipe? There is a typo above. I interpreted 1 tablespoon and it came out all wrong.

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