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Southeast Asian Pickling Spice

Recipe By Mike Johnston, Savory Spice founder

Recipe By Mike Johnston, Savory Spice founder

This DIY Southeast Asian Pickling Spice is great for watermelon rind.

Recipe Notes

Great for pickling green beans, jalapenos, radishes, watermelon rind, or stone fruits. A sprig of fresh cilantro, parsley, or both would pair well with this spice blend. Simply pack the fresh herbs into the jar of whatever you’re pickling. You could also consider adding a touch of honey.


5 tsp. Cracked Ginger

0.05 oz. *1 Dried Makrut Lime Leaf

0.05 oz. *1 Thai Chiles

0.05 oz. *1 Whole Star Anise (or ½ tsp. Broken Star Anise)

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Minced Onion

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  • Minced Garlic

    Garlic, native to Central Asia, quickly spread to the Mediterranean and now is cultivated and widely used all around the world. As it’s one of the ...

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  • Coriander Seeds

    Coriander is the dried seed or fruit of the Coriandrum sativum plant, which belongs to the parsley family. Cilantro is the leaf of this same plant ...

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  • Minced Lemon Peel

    Our minced lemon peel or lemon zest contains a high percentage of essential oils which produces amazing flavor. The lemon peel is carefully removed...

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  • Szechwan (Szechuan) Peppercorn

    Szechwan (also spelled Szechuan) peppercorns are a true taste sensation like none other in the spice world. They are very fragrant, slightly woody...

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  • White Sesame Seeds

    This seed has a light, nutty flavor. To release the oils and bring out a little more flavor, lightly toast the seeds in a dry pan briefly until the...

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  • Black Sesame Seeds

    These black seeds are best after slightly toasting for a minute to bring out the earthy, nutty flavor. These seeds are high in protein and are ofte...

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Mix all ingredients together and use about 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of the spice blend per pint of pickled goods. To bring out the full flavor, toast the spice blend in a skillet over medium heat for 1 to 3 min., or until aromatic, before adding to your pickling brine.