what spices to use for corned beef

You can easily make your own corned beef spice packet by combining any of the following spices: black peppercorns, crushed bay leaves, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, dill seed, cloves, and crushed red pepper flakes.

This homemade corned beef seasoning recipe is so much better than the spice packet that comes with your corned beef, essential for cooking with real flavor.

How To Make It

It’s super simple to make! Just toast the whole spices, then pulse them a few times in a spice grinder or food processor. Mix all of those spices with the ground spices and add it to your boiling water when you cook the corned beef on the stove or in the slow cooker.

what spices to use for corned beef

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what spices to use for corned beef

Try this easy recipe to make your own corned beef spice packet from scratch! Its so much more delicious and youll love how easy it is to make your own corned beef seasoning.

  • 1 Tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon anise seeds (depending on preference)
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 large bay leaves (crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Heat a medium sized heavy bottomed skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, black peppercorns, anise seeds, cloves, and cardamom pods. Toast for 2 – 3 minutes, or until they are fragrant.
  • Pulse the toasted seeds and bay leaves in a spice grinder a few times, or use a food processor and pulse a few times.
  • Mix the seeds and the crushed bay leaves with the ground coriander, red pepper flakes, and ground ginger.
  • Use as you normally would when making your corned beef recipe.

Store in an airtight container.

This is the amount I use for 3 – 4 pounds of corned beef in my favorite Corned Beef with Cabbage recipe, but feel free to use as much or as little as you like based on your preference!

If you dont have all the spices, dont feel like you have to run to the store! I think this recipe is amazing as-is, but would still be great if you have to omit a couple of the spices. The spices are definitely based on your personal preference. The only spices I would consider 100% critical for the success of the recipe are the mustard seeds, peppercorn, and bay leaves.

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Corned Beef Spice Packet

I was shopping for corned beef to make my Corned Beef with Cabbage recipe for St. Patrick’s Day this year, and the only corned beef I could find didn’t come with a spice packet. This definitely left me wondering, “Can you make corned beef without a spice packet?”

It took a little testing, but I’m SO obsessed with this spice blend! It’s so much more flavorful than the spice packets, and I love that I can add as much seasoning as I want to (seriously those packets are way too tiny!).

I’m completely convinced that making my own spice packet from scratch makes the best corned beef now. Seriously, I’m never going back to using the packets that come with it.

what spices to use for corned beef

This spice blend uses so many of the traditional corned beef pickling spices. You could also add allspice berries if you have them on hand. It’s a super versatile recipe, so feel free to adjust the ingredients or amounts based on your preferences. In this recipe we’re using:

  • Mustard Seeds
  • Peppercorns
  • Anise Seeds
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cardamom Pods
  • Bay Leaves
  • Ground Coriander
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Ground Ginger

what spices to use for corned beef

Homemade Corned Beef Seasoning Ingredients

  • Mustard Seeds. Use yellow or a combination of yellow and brown mustard seeds. Black mustard seeds are great, though usually more potent.
  • Black Peppercorns.
  • Coriander Seeds.
  • Allspice Berries.
  • Cardamom Seeds. You can also use pods.
  • Celery Seeds.
  • Whole Cloves.
  • Red Pepper Flakes.
  • Ground Ginger.
  • Bay Leaves.

You can easily make your own corned beef spice packet by combining any of the following spices: black peppercorns, crushed bay leaves, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, dill seed, cloves, and crushed red pepper flakes.


What makes corned beef taste better?

To add some flavor to your boiled corned beef, add some vegetables, such as carrots, onions and potatoes, to the pot. These vegetables not only add flavor but also make for a well-rounded meal. You can add some herbs and spices, such as a bay leaf, garlic and peppercorns, to the water for extra flavor.

What is the secret to best corned beef?

Because corned beef comes from brisket, a tough cut of meat. You need its connective tissue to break down so you can have tender results. Some like to braise their corned beef in an all-water liquid, with various spices and salt; others add beer to the mix to further tenderize the meat.

What spices are good for beef seasoning?

Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, and Bay leaves are the best dried herbs to use when cooking beef. To use dried herbs with beef, you should consider which ones you want to include in your recipe and when you should add them.

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