Home-made Herbal Pepper Mix

Herbal pepper is one of those spices I grew up with. It was always available on our kitchen table back in Poland and I used it on almost anything, even on the top bread with butter.

Not being able to get this spice here in UK I decided to experiment and try to recreate this childhood flavour, below the result…

pieprz ziolowy recipe Polish herbal pepper


  • 2 tbs dried coriander leaves
  • 2 tbs ground coriander
  • 1 tbs caraway seeds
  • 3 tbs dried marjoram
  • 6 pinches Cayenne pepper or other chilli powder
  • 2 tbs mustard seeds
  • 12 bay leaves



  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Pound with mortar and pestle till they are all crushed and mixed well.

Makes enough mix for small spice jar (about 8 – 10 g).


In cooking herbal pepper should be added towards the end for the best flavour.

To read more about Herbal Pepper Mix follow this link: Polish herbal pepper mix.

Recipes calling for herbal pepper: Creamy Puy Lentils with Herbal PepperCelery, Tomato and Carrot Soup with Herbal Pepper and DillQuick Spring Onion QuesadillaCream of Roasted Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup with Parmesan CrispsRice Salad with Tuna, Corn and ParsleyLeftover Pasta Salad with Sweet Corn, Black Olives and Leek and Couscous with Tomato & Zucchini.

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Your thoughts…

  1. I’m going to try this… I have all these spices in my kitchen already. :-)

  2. This is great. I’m always looking for herbal mixes to use instead of salt. I’m going to make this and your tomato carrot soup.

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