White Pepper Cooking Tips

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Cooking Tips
  • White pepper comes from the exact same fruit as black pepper. The only difference is that the peppercorns have been soaked and the skins removed before drying.
  • This means that although the taste is very similar to black pepper, it has a simpler, less complex flavour as the skins contain additional flavour properties.
  • White pepper is typically used for aesthetic purposes when used in white sauce so there are no black flecks that appear.
  • From a more general use perspective, white pepper needs little introduction; season meals to taste with white pepper & salt for a savoury, slightly spicy finish. 
  • White pepper tastes best when freshly ground so always try and buy whole.
  • Crack fresh white pepper into pasta, stews or soups.
  • Season your roasted veg with cracked white pepper, salt and a little olive oil for a rustic classic.
  • Use the same mix for a simple marinade.
  • For the more adventurous try sprinkling over fruit such as melon or strawberries.
Recipe ideas using white pepper


    White Pepper Flavour Pairings


    • Spice flavour profile

      White pepper is a hot spice which brings heat like a chilli would. It's less powerful than cayenne or chilli powder so don't be afraid to use it. White pepper also has fresh citrus notes, especially when freshly ground. 

      • Spice Pairings

      The classic pairing is salt and pepper! You can add some more variety by mixing peppercorns together; white, pink and green peppercorns all have slightly different flavours and combine together for a more complex and tasty experience. White pepper goes well with most savoury spices and herbs but especially rosemary, thyme, paprika and garlic.