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.

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?”

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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!).

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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.

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Corned Beef Seasoning

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
Process collage showing toasting and blending spices.

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.

Process collage showing finished spice blend and using it in stove top corned beef.

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Seasoning Recipes

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out our reader favorites seasoning blends:

  • Chicken Taco Seasoning
  • Mediterranean Seasoning
  • Shawarma Seasoning

Make your own corned beef seasoning at home for the best corned beef ever!

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