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Pickling Spice

Pickling spice is easy to make! Use this recipe to make brine for refrigerator pickles, pickling spice for corned beef, or pickled veggies.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Pantry Staples, spice blends
Cuisine: Melting Pot
Keyword: pickling spice
Servings: 12
Calories: 19kcal


  • 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.


  1. You can use all yellow or all black mustard seeds if one or the other is not available.
  2. Nutrition based off 12 servings.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg