Best Dijon Mustard Substitute

Don’t have Dijon mustard, or realized you’re all out while you’re making a recipe? Here’s the best substitute for Dijon mustard.

Dijon mustard substitute

Making a recipe that calls for Dijon mustard and don’t have it? Dijon mustard is a type prepared mustard that originates from France. Prepared mustards are made with mustard seeds and vinegar, and are much less spicy than the dried powder. Dijon mustard is found in the condiment aisle at most groceries. But if you’re in the middle of the recipe and need a quick fix, here’s how to substitute for Dijon mustard!

Best substitute for Dijon mustard

1. Stone-ground mustard.

The best substitute for Dijon mustard is stone ground mustard! Dijon mustard and stone ground mustard are made from brown mustard seeds. Stone ground is more mild than Dijon because many of the seeds are left whole, not crushed to release the spice and flavor. You can use it as a 1 for 1 substitution. Note that it does change the look of a vinaigrette: you’ll see whole mustard seeds floating in the dressing and it won’t be totally smooth.

2. Yellow mustard.

The next best substitute for Dijon mustard is yellow mustard! The two are very similar and you can use a 1:1 substitution. Yellow mustard is made from white mustard seeds and uses turmeric for color. Dijon mustard tastes more tangy and a little spicier than yellow mustard, which is more mild. But the flavor difference is very slight.

3. Spicy brown mustard

If you don’t have stone-ground mustard or yellow mustard: you can use spicy brown mustard! It’s a bit spicier than Dijon, and also has a textured appearance (it’s not as smooth). You can use it as a 1 for 1 substitution, but keep in mind it adds some heat to the recipe. You may want to skip this option if you’re cooking for people who can’t handle heat.

4. Homemade Dijon mustard substitute!

Don’t have any of those mustard varieties? You can make a homemade substitute that’s remarkably similar to Dijon mustard. Here’s what to mix together:

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Optional: 1 pinch salt and 1 pinch sugar

Here are some recipes to try where you could use this substitute for Dijon mustard:

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Mustard BBQ Sauce

Best Dijon Mustard Substitute


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: About 3 tablespoons 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Don’t have Dijon mustard, or realized you’re all out while you’re making a recipe? Here’s the best substitute for Dijon mustard.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Optional: 1 pinch salt and 1 pinch sugar

Instructions

  1. Stir all ingredients together. Refrigerate for up to 1 month. 
  • Category: Substitution
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Dijon mustard substitute

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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