Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Ingredient

Black Peppercorns

Save to Recipe Box
Print
Add Private Note
Saved Add to List

    Add to List

Print
Add Recipe Note

What is it?

Black peppercorns come in many varieties with varying degrees of heat and flavor complexity. The largest black peppercorn is the Tellicherry, considered to be the best because it’s left on the vine longer for more developed flavor. Other black peppercorns are Sarawak, Malabar, and Vietnamese, but unless you’re buying from a specialty spice store, the packaging usually doesn’t specify the origin.

How to choose:

Try to buy peppercorns from a source with good turnover.

How to prep:

Like most spices, black pepper tastes best when freshly ground. A quality peppermill allows you to control the size of the grind from fine to coarse. For cracked and very coarsely ground pepper, it’s good to have a mortar and pestle on hand. And for grinding large quantities, an electric spice grinder or coffee mill is a real time saver.

How to store:

Store them away from heat and light (like any spice), and use them within a year.

    Recipes

  • white bean stew
    Recipe

    White Bean Stew with Mustard-Green Pesto

    Jazz up a white bean stew with a swirl of peppery pesto made with mustard greens. If you can’t find them, substitute turnip greens or even Swiss chard, which will…

  • Recipe

    Grilled Summer Squash with Mint Vinaigrette and Pine Nuts

    A fresh vinaigrette lends a bright contrast to the sweetness of summer squash (which gets extra caramelized from the heat of the grill). Serve with BBQ pork or grilled fish.

  • chicken burgers
    Recipe

    Chicken Burgers with Lime, Pepper, and Pickle

    Who knew a burger could taste so light and bright? Lime zest and juice as well as fresh cilantro and red bell pepper brighten this one beautifully. Don’t leave off…

  • Seared Cod with Gazpacho Sauce
    Recipe

    Seared Cod with Gazpacho Sauce

    Finely chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, and garlic bathed in oil and sherry vinegar call to mind the flavors of the summery Spanish soup. This no-cook sauce brightens up seared fish…

  • Seared Salmon with Sea Bean Salad
    Recipe

    Crispy-Skin Salmon with Sea Bean and Daikon Salad

    The crunchy-briny sea beans and mild daikon in this light yet intensely flavored Asian-style salad are a perfect accompaniment to the crisp salmon skin.

  • Grilled Rib-Eye with Avocado-Tahini Puree
    Moveable Feast

    Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Avocado-Tahini Puree

    Need a memorable summer meal? You can’t go wrong with the big flavor of grilled rib-eyes. Paired with this refreshing avocado-tahini purée, they make a true showstopper meal.

  • Hot Pineapple BBQ Sauce
    Recipe

    Hot Pineapple BBQ Sauce

    This sauce is designed for passing, unblended, at the table, ideally with poultry and pork. If you feel like serving it on beef, add a tablespoon of finely chopped ginger…

  • Vinegar BBQ Sauce
    Recipe

    Dad’s Vinegar BBQ Sauce

    This is an almost direct version of my Dad’s hot sauce and is the barbecue sauce we proudly use in my restaurant One Flew South. It’s a light, tangy concoction…

  • Strawberry BBQ sauce
    Recipe

    Strawberry BBQ Sauce

    Strawberries bring a fresh, fruity sweetness to this sauce, making it the perfect complement to pork and poultry.

  • Taco Slaw
    Recipe

    Taco Slaw

    Whenever I make fajitas or tacos, I find I want a fresh, simple, crunchy way to finish them. This is what I landed on: shredded cabbage and carrot, plus scallions, cilantro…

Comments

Leave a Comment

Comments

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Delicious Dish

Find the inspiration you crave for your love of cooking

Fine Cooking Magazine

Subscribe today
and save up to 44%

Already a subscriber? Log in.

Videos

View All

Connect

Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks