Corned Beef Seasoning is the perfect way to season corned beef without a seasoning packet. With just a few spices, this fresh, homemade mixture is the best way to flavor your beef and creates the perfect bite every time. It’s excellent for St. Patrick’s Day or a Sunday dinner.
Pair this with our Dutch Oven Corned Beef for the ultimate meal!
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Why We Love Corned Beef Seasoning
- Quick and easy to make.
This corned beef and cabbage seasoning is easy to make in just a few minutes for a delicious dinner.
- Homemade seasoning.
There are no preservatives or anything else hiding in this all-natural seasoning. Each ingredient is fresh and healthy.
- Accessible ingredients.
All of the ingredients in this corned beef seasoning can be found at your local grocery store.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Coriander seeds, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, star of anise: get these spices whole so you can crush them before using or storing them.
- Bay leaves: dried bay leaves can either be whole or crushed.
- Red pepper flakes: buying pre-crushed red pepper flakes is perfectly acceptable for this recipe.
Corned Beef Seasoning Recipe Tips For Success
- Crush the spices.
Start by crushing the whole spices either using a mortar and pestle, spice mill, or with a mallet in a sealed plastic bag.
This releases the oils and flavors better than using pre-ground spices.
- Mix in the bay leaves.
Next, mix the bay leaves and red pepper flakes into the spice mixture. They don’t need to be ground.
- Use it right away for the best flavor.
Get the most out of your newly ground spice mixture and use it to make corned beef right away. The longer the seasoning sits, the more it loses its potency.
Corned Beef Spices FAQs
Yes, you can use your favorite spices for this blend. These spices are the ones we like the most to get the best “corned beef” flavor but you can always adjust based on your tastes.
If you like things more spicy, add more red pepper flakes or cayenne powder to the seasoning. Start with a very small amount though, to prevent it from being too spicy.
ISalt is the best flavor enhancer and will really make a difference in the outcome. If your seasoning is a little bland, it’s most likely because there isn’t enough salt.
Storing and Reheating
Keep your corned beef spices in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three months. A cupboard or pantry are great places.
Corned Beef Seasoning
- Mortar and pestle, spice mill, or Ziplock bag and rubber mallet
- Funnel (optional)
- air tight spice jar (optional)
- 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons peppercorn
- 4 stars of anise (or 1 teaspoon anise seeds)
- 3 whole bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Crush or grind coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and peppercorns to release their flavor: use mortar and pestle or a spice mill to grind them coarsely. Or add the whole spices to a Ziplock bag and seal it, then crush them with a rubber mallet. Remove star of anise seeds if they are whole. Mix crushed seasonings together with bay leaves, pepper flakes, and star of anise seeds.
- Use seasonings right away with corned beef or use a funnel to add the seasonings to an air tight spice jar for storing and use within 6 months.