Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts

How to Make It

Step 1
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.

Step 2
2

Accompaniments

Step 3
3

Orange or tangerine slices

Step 4
4

Sushi rice

Step 5
5

Green onions cut in 2-in.-long slivers

Ingredients

 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

Directions

Step 1
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.

Step 2
2

Accompaniments

Step 3
3

Orange or tangerine slices

Step 4
4

Sushi rice

Step 5
5

Green onions cut in 2-in.-long slivers

Chinese Star Anise-Orange Brine