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Pickling spice is easy to make! Use this recipe to make brine for refrigerator pickles, pickling spice for corned beef, or pickled veggies.
What is pickling spice made of?
Warm spices like cinnamon, clove, star anise and cardamom get broken down in a spice grinder. The other ingredients are left whole because they are a bit too strong if they’re ground up.
You can adjust the spices to whatever you have on hand, but this is my go-to blend:
- Star anise
- Mustard seeds – You can use all yellow or all black mustard seeds if one or the other is not available
- Allspice berries
- Juniper berries
- Coriander seeds
- Bay leaves
- Dill weed – Be sure to use whole dill weed and not ground
- Black peppercorns
Uses for Pickle Seasoning
There are countless ways to use this versatile spice mix!
Use it as a pickling spice for corned beef, then make delicious meal like corned beef potato gratin.
Another favorite of mine are pickled vegetables, and you can make a lot more than spicy refrigerator pickles. Mexican pickled carrots, cinnamon pickles, beets, lemon pickle, and many others!
Really, a pickle seasoning like this is great for any recipe that calls for aromatic spices. Add a tablespoon or two of the mix to a spice sachet bag. Then set it in a roasting pan for a slow roasted pork shoulder or in the pot with a delicious braised beef brisket!
Sure, you can buy a spice blend like this premade and ready to use. Honestly though, making your own ensures that the spices are fresh, which ultimately gives you the best flavor!
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- 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds (See Note 1)
- 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp whole allspice
- 1 tbsp juniper berries
- 2 tsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp black peppercorns
- 2 tsp dill seeds
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 8 whole cloves
- 5 green cardamom pods
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 star anise
- 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
- Mix together the first 9 ingredients in a small bowl.
- In a spice grinder add the cloves, cardamom pods, bay leaves, star anise and cinnamon stick. Pulse several times, but do not make it a complete powder. Keep it in small pieces. Add to spices in bowl and mix to combine.
- Store in an air tight container for your pickling recipes. Makes about a 1/2 cup.
- You can use all yellow or all black mustard seeds if one or the other is not available.
- Nutrition based off 12 servings.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Used this for fresh pickled beets over 8 months ago and they are almost gone. But still amazing and delicious. Thank you for sharing
Fantastic! Thanks for coming back to let me know Jerri!
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by!
Hi Kevin… how much of this Pickling spice do you use for your corned beef brine?
Suzanne, I use a third of a cup in the brine, but you can read all about it here on How to Make Corned Beef.
Thank you for sharing this recipie. I am wondering what do you mean by whole all spice?Please can you clarify this for me . Thanks
Hi Najma! Not ground allspice 🙂 The allspice berry. It’s a warm-tasting spice, similar to a combination of cinnamon and clove. Let me know how it turns out!
Thank you Kevin for replying. I am really looking forward to try this after Ramadan. I will definitely let you know how it turns out. Thanks for clarifying as I kept wondering if you were referring to garam masala that we use in our Asian cooking. I searched up for all spice berry on google. Is it the one which is used more in Jamaican and Caribbean cooking. Just want to confirm so I don’t buy the wrong ingredient.
Thank you for sharing such great and traditional recipes. I am really thrilled to find your website.
Yes allspice is the one I am referring to and it’s also used in Jamaican and Caribbean cooking. Thanks for the kind words Najma!
What a fabulous blend of flavors! I can almost smell the aroma just reading through the list!
It falls a little towards the sweeter, warm side as opposed to the typical dill mustard seed blend.
How much do you use? Do you put in a spice bag?
I store it in an air tight container. This recipe makes about 1/2 cup.