Are you working on a recipe that calls for a Dijon mustard but doesn’t have one at the moment? Don’t panic because you’ll never know that you have something in your kitchen that can work as a good Dijon mustard substitute.
All you need to do is check the list below to find the various fixes that can substitute the lack of a Dijon mustard.
Dijon mustard has a unique taste that is a bit spicy and not too acidic. When I discovered that I’ve got no Dijon mustard at home, I checked the internet for some options and learned quite a lot of potential alternatives. If you’re curious to know what they are, keep on reading.
1. Yellow Mustard
If you like more tart to your recipe, you can try substituting Dijon mustard with yellow mustard or also known as American mustard. According to Leaf.tv, yellow mustard is smoother and less spicy than Dijon mustard. Most people prefer yellow mustard over Dijon mustard because of its mild taste.
As compared to Dijon mustard, yellow mustard has less sodium content. While a teaspoon of Dijon mustard contains 120 milligrams of sodium, yellow mustard features only 56 milligrams at the same amount.
The yellow variant mustard also offers several essential nutrients, like vitamin C, potassium, and phosphorus.
The yellow mustard gets its signature color from the yellow spice known as turmeric. As you already know, turmeric is a natural food color as well as a curative ingredient. According to Dr. Weil, turmeric can help prevent several diseases, like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and cancer.
Using yellow mustard can help prevent your body from the cancer-causing effects of unhealthy food. The Allyl Isothiocyanate (AITC) compounds found in mustard seeds can protect your cells from the cancer-causing compounds of processed meats and burned meat fats.
So, if you’re planning to eat hot dogs or barbecue, don’t forget to use a tablespoon of yellow mustard.
2. Spicy Brown Mustard
If you enjoy hot and spicy food, then you can replace Dijon mustard with any brand of spicy brown mustard in a recipe. In comparison to Dijon mustard, spicy brown mustard has a spicier flavor and a dark brown color due to its high contents of brown mustard seeds.
The spiciness is more pronounced because the mustard seeds are soaked in less vinegar unlike other types of mustard.
As compared to yellow mustard, spicy brown has a coarser texture because the mustard seeds used have their bran remained after processing. To give a hint of an earthy flavor, you can mix it with other spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.
If you’re dealing with deli recipes, spicy brown is a preferred choice because its strong flavor complements well with deli products, such as roast beef and sausages.
In one teaspoon of spicy brown mustard, you’ll get low sodium content of 50 mg and 5 calories. My favorite brand of spicy brown mustard is Gulden’s which tastes perfect with hot dogs and sandwiches.
If you’re a do it yourself (DIY) person, you can make your own spicy brown mustard by following my favorite instruction video below:
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3. Honey Mustard
Honey mustard can work as a sweeter Dijon mustard substitute. The sweetness comes from the honey that’s added into the mustard.
This sweet mustard variation is often used for chicken recipes, pork dishes, and vegetable dishes. In restaurants, this is usually paired with french fries, salads, and soft baked pretzels.
You can use honey mustard as a single condiment alone or you can combine with other condiments, like mayonnaise. If you use honey mustard as a marinade or glaze, make sure that you combine it with other spices to further improve the taste of the meat.
You can buy honey mustard in grocery stores, usually stored in easy to squeeze containers. What I use is the Beaver Sweet Honey Mustard which is vegetarian-friendly.
If you like to make your own, follow the instructions below:
- You can mix equal measurements of yellow mustard and honey.
- To start from scratch, you need:
- Yellow and brown mustard seeds
- Mustard powder
- White wine
- Cider vinegar
For more flavor, you can add some herbs, like rosemary, sage, and thyme.
Wasabi is another spicy option that you can use in replacement for Dijon mustard. Since wasabi packs a lot of heat, use only a dab of it. The Balance suggests never replacing Dijon mustard with wasabi measure for measure because you’ll end up burning your palate.
Most people find the flavor of wasabi very pleasing because the hotness only lasts for a few seconds, unlike chili peppers.
As you already know, wasabi is a Japanese condiment use mostly for sushi. In Japan, it can be sold as a root, but in the US, it is sold in tubes.
Although American wasabi knockoffs can be cheaper, they’re just imitations made from several ingredients, like green food dye, mustard seed, and horseradish. To get the best health benefits, choose a genuine wasabi.
More than its spicy flavor, wasabi is a great addition to food because it has antibacterial properties that can reduce the risk of food poisoning.
It also contains several nutrients, like magnesium, zinc, and potassium. If you use wasabi frequently, it can give a positive effect to your overall health.
5. Horseradish Root + Sour Cream + Honey
Another way to enjoy the spicy-sweet sharpness of Dijon mustard is to use horseradish root together with sour cream and honey. Grate the horseradish root and puree with the rest of the ingredients to create a sweet and tangy mix.
Horseradish is responsible for the spicy taste of the mustard mix. Use only a dab of this ingredient because it has a very hot flavor even stronger than mustard. Fresh horseradish is hard to find, but you can try buying it online or in any farmer’s market. To prepare, just peel and grate.
Sour cream gives a tangy flavor to your improvised Dijon mustard mix. Its tangy flavor is due to the lactic acid culture added into the cream. Commercial brands contain about 18-20% fat while light sour cream variant has around 40% less fat.
Honey provides a sweet flavor to your mustard mix. You can buy honey in several forms, but organic honey is the best choice if you want no added preservatives.
Best quality honey usually doesn’t look clear because there is still some pollen left. The clearer it looks, the more processed it is.
6. Turmeric + Salt + Garlic + Chili Peppers
If you like to be experimental, The Kitchn suggests mixing turmeric with salt, garlic, and chili peppers. The fusion of these ingredients will replicate the spicy flavor of Dijon mustard.
As mentioned above, turmeric gives the yellow color of mustard, so using it in your own mix can also show the same result. Aside from the signature yellow color, turmeric is a great source of iron, manganese, and vitamin B6. If you have a fresh turmeric root, ground it first before use.
Salt provides the taste for your experimental mustard mix. On the other hand, garlic and chili peppers give a spicy character to your mix. Ground and mix all ingredients together and you’ll get a good replacement for Dijon mustard for your recipe.
7. Dry Mustard+ White Wine + Mayonnaise + Sugar + Water
Based on a recipe recommended by, you can create your Dijon mustard using these ingredients and following the instructions below:
- 3 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar ( or 1/2 white wine + 1/2 white vinegar)
- 3 teaspoons mayonnaise
- A pinch of sugar
To begin, soak the mustard seeds in the white wine vinegar for two days. Next, use a mortar and pestle to combine all ingredients until you can reach the same smooth consistency of mustard.
You can create your own dry mustard by grounding fresh, whole mustard seeds. Use a pestle and mortar to crush the seeds effectively. To achieve the spicy and tangy taste of Dijon mustard, use brown and yellow mustard seeds.
To get the best results, use a good quality white wine vinegar that is not overpowering. If you have no white wine vinegar available in your kitchen, use equal amounts of dry white wine and white vinegar. If you have no mayonnaise, you can substitute it with heavy cream.
Try Any Of These Dijon Mustard Substitutes!
Have you made up your mind on what Dijon mustard substitute you’ll work on a recipe that calls for this specific ingredient?
Thanks to this list, I already have options in case I ‘ll run out of Dijon mustard in the kitchen. You can use any of the alternatives above depending on your taste preference.
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