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Pickled Mustard Seeds: BBQ Caviar

by Brad Prose

These golden pickled mustard seeds are my favorite condiment for anything BBQ. They are tangy, fresh, and fun to bite down on as they pop in your mouth like caviar. I’m sure you’ve seen them before, either online on in restaurants. Hopefully you read on my brief post and I’ll explain how easy they are to make.

Quick scoop on these seeds

There’s not a lot for me to write about here, other than examples and variations. I’ve used these on steaks, pastrami, in deviled eggs, potato salad, and many other things. The best part of them is how easy they are to customize.

My recipe below is going to highlight a core flavor profile.  Please feel free to swap out some ingredients or even add based on what you’re trying to accomplish.  I like to replace a portion of the vinegar with IPA, or instead of the shallots I’ll add in green chiles.  Sometimes I will use half of apple cider vinegar, and half white wine vinegar.  There’s almost no wrong, as long as you don’t adjust the acidity of the brine too much.

pickled mustard seeds and steak
These seeds pair well with steak and pickles.

You’ll see in the recipe that you need to soak the mustard seeds in vinegar for an hour.  This is my method that I learned years ago – and it works.  The seeds are not bitter and do not require boiling 6-8 times, which many other recipes suggest that you need to do.  Feel free to eat them right after you finish the process, but they will develop more flavor over the next couple of days.

Note: I do add some black mustard seeds into my recipe, I like the extra bite.  I find that the black are more pungent while the yellow is mild.  If you have both, experiment and try out the combination that you like.

Recommended Pairings

It’s easy for me to tell you it’s good on everything (even chicken) but here are some of my favorite combos:

pastrami double with mustard
Pastrami double with Brussels, onions, pickled mustard seeds and mustard BBQ sauce
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pickled mustard seeds

Pickled Mustard Seeds

  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cup 1x


These golden pickled mustard seeds are my favorite condiment for anything BBQ. They are tangy, fresh, and fun to bite down on as they pop in your mouth like caviar. These will keep well for around 3 months if you don’t eat them all right away. Makes approximately 1 generous Cup.


  • ½ cup yellow mustard seeds
  • ¾ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground mustard powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar (to finish)
  • 1 tbsp finely minced shallots (add more to taste)


  1. Rinse the mustard seeds in a fine mesh sieve to remove any dust. Add the drained seeds along with the 3/4 Cup of white wine vinegar and salt to a small saucepan. Allow the seeds to soak at room temperature for an hour.
  2. Add in the honey, ground mustard, & red pepper flakes to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Stir frequently along the bottom and sides, as the honey will make it stick otherwise. Continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Pour the seed mixture into a container to cool. Once it has returned to room temperature, stir in the white wine vinegar and shallots. The flavors will continue to develop over the next few days, though you can enjoy within an hour.


Stir in some pickled jalapenos, herbs, or other aromatics that you desire. My recipe is a base recipe you can definitely add to.

  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 20

Keywords: Condiment

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Olivia D March 9, 2020 - 1:57 am

I use a lot in my Bread and Butter pickles. I like to use them in anything I use pickles. I think I’ll try some with cream cheese and pepper jelly on crackers.
Thanks for sharing!

Brad Prose March 9, 2020 - 2:24 am

Ooo that sounds very tasty!


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