what’s in corned beef spice packet

Try this easy recipe to make your own corned beef spice packet from scratch! It’s so much more delicious and you’ll love how easy it is to make your own corned beef seasoning.

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.

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.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Coriander Seeds: Be sure to use coriander seeds and not coriander powder.
  • Peppercorns: Peppercorns come in various colors, I used black peppercorns.
  • Mustard Seeds: Youll need mustard seeds, dont substitute mustard powder.
  • Anise Seeds: Anise can be bought whole in the form of star anise or as anise seeds. For this recipe, youll need anise seeds. Dont confuse anise seeds with fennel seeds. Fennel seeds are larger and taste more savory and earthy, while anise seeds are tiny and have a sweet taste similar to licorice.
  • Crushed Red Pepper: Crushed red pepper adds a little spice to the mix. It can be left out if you prefer mild flavors.
  • Bay Leaves: Bay leaves come crushed and whole. I used whole leaves and ground them in my spice mill with the other spices. If you decide to use crushed bay leaves, just add them to the ground spices.

*A full list of ingredients can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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.

whats in corned beef spice packet

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

whats in corned beef spice packet

Why This Recipe Works

  • Making your own corned beef seasoning couldnt be simpler, so why would you use that tiny spice packet included with your roast?
  • When you make your own corned beef spice blend, you can use as much of it as you want and the flavor is fantastic!
  • The spice mix can be prepared ahead of time so you always have it on hand when you need it.

Rating 4.9 (152) · 5 minFeb 22, 2019 · Corned beef seasoning is made of a mixture of spices including crushed bay leaf, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, and anise seeds. How To Make Corned Beef · ‍♀️ Recipe FAQs


Why does corned beef come with a spice packet?

The spice packet typically contains a mix of spices such as peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander, and bay leaves, which gives corned beef its distinctive flavor. Without the spice packet, the meat would still be cured, but it would lack the specific flavor profile associated with corned beef.

What happens if corned beef doesn’t have spice packet?

If it’s just that the packet was left out, toss in some peppercorns, dill, and salt, and it will taste “close enough.” I make “corned beef” this way during other times of the year when I can’t find it anywhere (i.e., any month other than March).

What gives corned beef its distinctive flavor?

Commonly used spices that give corned beef its distinctive flavor are peppercorns and bay leaf. Of course, these spices may vary regionally. For more information on Corned beef go to Corned Beef and Food Safety.

Is corned beef spice the same as pickling spice?

Corned beef gets its characteristic flavor and fork-tender texture from two stages of preparation — curing and cooking. Both the curing and cooking stages involve corned beef spices (a.k.a. pickling spice). During curing, point-cut or flat-cut brisket of beef is soaked in a strong brine with added corned beef spices.

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