Another excellent star anise replacement is ground cloves. Cloves may not have the same licorice taste as star anise, but they offer some amazingly sweet and bitter hints to your meal.
Clove Substitute: Nutmeg This warm spice is both nutty and sweet. Ground nutmeg can be used in place of ground cloves by itself or in combination with some of the spices below. Keep in mind that it's super strong, so a little goes a long way. (Find the best nutmeg substitutes here too!)