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whole star anise, whole cinnamon stick and other spices laid out on table

Pho Spice Packet

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Fragrant spices of pho are essential to a flavorful and aromatic bowl of pho. This recipe makes 4 bags, each one enough to cook a large pot of pho for 4!


  • 4 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 8 black cardamom pods
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 40 whole star anise pods
  • 4x tea bag or other spice bag


1. On a small skillet, roast the spices over medium heat (with no oil) until fragrant, around 2-3 minutes

2. Let cool and transfer to spice bag. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months.


1. Use whole spices whenever possible instead of ground, for best flavor. Powdered versions here would make the broth a cloudy color instead of clear.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 3