Culinary use of anise Anise has a sweet aromatic scent and tastes of liquorice. Your intensity is increased by roasting you without fat. Anise is particularly well suited for refining spicy and sweet but mainly Indian dishes. They flavor fish soups, sauces, breads, cakes and more. The oil of the anise has an antiseptic effect and is used in cough juices and cough sweets.