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A recipe to make homemade pickling spice in a white bowl.
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Pickling Spice

Pickling Spice is easy to make and a great way to use up spices you have on hand. Add it to pickles, corn beef, stews, rice, or use in brine to flavor meat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickling, pickling spice, pickling spice mix
Servings: 12
Calories: 102kcal


Pickling Spice Mix Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon dill seed
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 dry bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns black, pink, white, or mixed is fine
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds

Optional Pickling Spices To Add:

  • 2 star anise
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cardamon pods


Mix Pickling Spice

  • In a small bowl, combine all your spices. Add some of the optional ones I listed for addition flavor.

Storing Pickling Spice

  • Keep your pickling Spice in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, and use within 6 months.


How Can I Use Pickling Spice?

RECIPE IDEAS: Pickling spice not only adds characteristic flavor to pickles, but it also adds complex flavor to braised stews, bean, and rice dishes.
For meat stews, you can tie the pickling spices into a piece of cheesecloth tied with a long piece of butcher string and braise in the pot or slow cooker until the meat is deliciously tender.
Pickling Spice works well in a crockpot or slow-cooker recipes, pot roast, soups, and braised meat dishes.

What Else Can I Add To Pickling Spice Mix?

You can add additional spices to add to your basic pickling spice, try some or all of these:
  • a few whole cloves
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • a couple of star anise
  • some juniper berries
  • ground ginger
  • a couple of cardamon pods

How To Store Pickling Spice?

Store your mix in an airtight container out of direct sunlight, small mason jars work really well. Use within a few months. The fresher your spices, the stronger your pickling spice blend will be in dishes.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 4mg