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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.
Prep Time2 minutes
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: London


  • 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


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


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.


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg