Homemade Pickling Spice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1/3 cup

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I can every year, and I love to use this homemade pickling spice for my pickles. Everyone says they are the best they have ever had. —Olivia Miller, Memphis, Tennessee
Homemade Pickling Spice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)


  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight jar or container. Use in favorite pickle recipes.
Homemade Pickling Spice Tips

What is pickling spice made of?

Pickling spice is a blend of typically 6 to 8 seasonings and spices. It can differ widely based on manufacturer and can be used with many different fruits and vegetables. For this recipe, we used some essential spices that we think every home cook should have like mustard seed, allspice, coriander seeds, cloves, ginger, red pepper flakes, a bay leaf and a cinnamon stick.

What is pickling spice used for?

In addition to pickling foods, pickling spice can be used to flavor soups, stews, brines and main dishes like corned beef. Check out our best pickled recipes for inspiration!

Which vinegar is the best for pickling?

The most popular pickling vinegar is distilled white vinegar because it’s clear and has a mellow flavor. But any vinegar can be used as long as it has at least 5% acidity, allowing foods to be preserved properly. Learn more about when each type of vinegar works best.

How long will pickling spice last for?

Store homemade pickling spice in a cool, dry place, and it will last about 6 months. You can store it for longer, but it may begin to lose flavor and potency. Learn more about if spices really expire.

How can you make pickling spice your own?

Alter the ingredients based on your likes and dislikes (for instance, if you want a spicy kick, add jalapeno or serrano peppers). You can also alter the blend based on what you're pickling. Dill might be a great addition with cucumber pickles, but whole nutmeg may jive better when pickling beets.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/8 teaspoon: 1 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.