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Homemade Pickling Spice Recipe

Using this incredibly easy recipe for homemade Pickling Spice, you can create your own spice mix that's better than store bought in 5 minutes or less! Everyday ingredients like black peppercorns, mustard seeds, and red pepper flakes combine to make a delightfully spicy and sweet blend. Whether making cucumber pickles, brining meat, or flavoring soups and stews, this mix will never disappoint.

Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 26 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. allspice berries
  • 4 bay leaves crushed
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 whole cloves crushed
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger optional
  • 1 Tbsp. dill seed optional


  1. Add ingredients to a small bowl or jar and mix until well combined.
  2. Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Recipe Notes

Prep and Storage

To Store: The spice mix can be stored in an airtight jar or container in a cool, dry place for up to one year. Before use, gently shake or tumble the jar to ensure the spices are still evenly mixed.

This recipe yields 5 tablespoons of pickling spice.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pickling Spice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 81mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 134IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.