Dijon mustard is almost everyone’s favorite kitchen workhorse for adding flavors. One bottle on hand and a delicious meal is only a few minutes ready, which is why most homeowners will NEVER do without it. But what if you’re in the middle of a recipe and you’re out of Dijon mustard?
You need a quick fix!
We have put together a list of the best Dijon mustard substitutes so you will always have something to fall back on.
Stone-ground mustard, spicy brown mustard, yellow mustard, horseradish sauce, wasabi, etc., are among the best alternatives to Dijon mustard that you can always use instead.
We chose these alternatives because we know the Dijon Mustard’s sharp and spicy flavor is almost irreplaceable. However, these mentioned substitutes come close to matching its EXACT flavor profile.
Best Dijon Mustard Substitutes
1. Yellow Mustard
The yellow mustard is the closest you could get to a Dijon.
It is a run-to option for most avid cooks whenever Dijon is out in stock. This is because their flavor difference is very slim.
The most obvious difference is their colors. Dijon has a less vibrant yellow, tinged with brown, whereas the yellow mustard is bright yellow.
Furthermore, yellow mustards are milder than the tangy and spicier Dijon flavor.
Aside from that, you can use them interchangeably in recipes in a 1:1 ratio.
2. Stone-ground mustard
The stone-ground mustard and the Dijon mustard are closely related. They were made from brown mustard seeds.
So you see the synergy?
It may not taste exactly like the Dijon mustard because not all the seeds are crushed to release that zesty, tangy flavor, but it is comparable to the Dijon mustard.
And since their seeds are left whole, they have a milder and smoother aroma. The vinaigrette looks grainy. You will see whole mustard seeds floating in the dressing.
However, it suits all of Dijon’s mustard recipes. Whether it is spreading onto a cheese sandwich or sliced bread for a ham and cheese sandwich, the stone ground mustard makes an excellent replacement.
You can also mix it into a sauce for a delectable potato salad or add a dressing, marinade for chicken meat, and many more. There are dozens of other applications.
Just endeavor you use it as a 1:1 substitution.
3. Spicy brown mustard
The spicy brown mustard has MORE intense flavor compared to the Dijon. So if you feel the stone-ground mustard won’t do justice to your meal, try the spicy brown mustard.
Don’t worry! It won’t overwhelm the recipe’s flavor because they are not as spicy as you think. They are just a little bit spicier than Dijon, with a textured appearance.
You will have to use it for a 1:1 substitute.
However, have it at the back of your mind that it adds some fire to the recipe. Therefore, if you can’t handle the heat, it is best to skip this option.
4. Horseradish Sauce
The Horseradish Sauce is a 5star winning condiment for many dishes. Despite being a sauce, the Horseradish Sauce shares similar flavor profiles as the Dijon mustard —which is why they are among our top picks.
You can instantly feel the tangy-sweet flavor in disguise as you taste this sauce.
Both condiments are creamy and tangy. Although its strong taste is not for everyone, you can water it down by mixing in honey and cream. The Horseradish Sauce is perfect with flavorful, meaty dishes like fish, beef, and lamb.
You can also enjoy them as a dip or sauce on the side, and more.
5. Four Spice Powder
Four spice powder is another condiment you can try on some of your favorite dishes. This powder is a decent substitute for Dijon mustard since it matches its spicy flavor.
You would love them when making Gordon Ramsay’s roast potatoes. But you would enjoy them more mixing with vinegar or mayonnaise and other ingredients to make it a sauce.
You can either use it less or more to get your desired taste. While this may not be the best alternative, it is worth the try for people who are allergic or don’t like mustard.
Wasabi is another fantastic Dijon mustard substitute that mimics that tangy, sharp, and robust flavor with a hint of spice. Although the wasabi packs a lot of heat, the good news is the fiery only lasts for a couple of seconds.
But you can use this option to add a hint of heat, punch, or a subtle accent to sushi, dips, pasta, sauces, chicken, tofu, and whatnot.
It is one of the essential items in your pantry that is flexible with just about any recipe. Additionally, it is rich in nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and potassium, with antibacterial properties.
The only drawback with this condiment is it is rear unless you are in Japan. Even if you do find it elsewhere, you won’t be getting the real MC coy. There are many fake Wasabi products here and there using horseradish and artificial coloring.
So please be careful!
7. Honey Mustard
Honey Mustard is on the sweeter scale as compared to the Dijon. Since it is a honey and mustard blend, it tastes heavenly, lacking the hot notes that you’d want in mustard. But the slight sharpness is still there.
You can still make it have that Dijon mustard flavor by adding herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary to counter the sweetness.
A little mayonnaise with the mustard will give it that extra kick as well.
Not the best option, but it goes well with fish, pork, chicken, and vegetables. You can also add it to your French fries, baked pretzels, and salads.
8. Worcestershire Sauce
Worcestershire sauce is an excellent choice in sauces. It is a fermented condiment made from complex ingredients and seasoning, best known for adding deep heat flavors.
This sauce will hold the fort for Dijon in marinades; or brushed onto poultry, fish, and meat as it fries, grilled, or baked.
You would love them for seasoning salads, grilling, seeming, and stir-frying vegetables as well.
It would be best to adjust the density for replica purposes, as it is liquid. So put some mayonnaise or Greek yogurt to add a bit of texture.
9. English Mustard
You would love this condiment for its Dijon-like taste — although it is somewhat bitter and pungent rather than hot. Moreover, it is a specialty of England. You will rarely see it elsewhere.
Aside from that, the English mustard is an excellent Dijon mustard substitute. For a more savory seasoning for your dishes, this could be your best bet.
In summary, we can vouch for each of these Dijon mustard substitutes because we have tried them a couple of times. But if you are still not impressed or can’t get any of the above, maybe making homemade Dijon mustard would be better.
Don’t second-guess it. It is simpler making a Dijon mustard at home than hopping from one specialty shop to the other, searching for some of these alternatives.
You need to have the proper mix. And here is it:
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise
- ¾ tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 pinch sugar and one pinch salt (optional)