Homemade Corned Beef Spices - For
Corning Meat the Traditional Way

If you're into corning then this recipe for corned beef spices will add much more flavour than those rather dull little packets of commercial mixes you can purchase. This blend also makes an excellent general seasoning for stews, soups, casseroles and such like. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: For the best flavours for your corning solution, I recommend using whole spices where you can. If you want to use it as a general seasoning, you can use pre-ground powders as long as you reduce the quantities the recipe calls for by half. For example, 8 tablespoons of mustard seeds equals 4 tablespoons of ground mustard. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Recipe For Corned Beef Spices

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

8 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
15-20 dried bay leaves
4 tbsp peppercorns
2 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp celery seeds

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves
  • In your grinder or mortar and pestle, very coarsely grind (or even bash) the mustard seeds, peppercorns, allspice and celery seeds. You only want to break them up a little
  • (If you want to use it for a general seasoning or rub, you can grind it a bit finer if you like)
  • Finally, add to a bowl and mix in the bay leaves

Store your corned beef mix in an airtight container out of direct sunlight and in a cool place. Use within 6 months.

Toasting and Grinding Info

picture of homemade corned beef spices

Note: You can lightly toast the mustard, peppercorns, allspice and celery seeds before grinding to release more flavour. 

Read more on toasting and grinding. (Link opens in new window)

After Making Your Corned Beef Mix You May Enjoy...

Shichimi Togarashi -The
Japanese Blend 
as 7 Spice

Hawaij - The
Traditional Blend
Enjoyed in Yemen 

Barbecue Rubs - A
Collection of Rubs
For the Grilling Fans

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