Dijon Mustard can be used to elevate any sandwich, prepare a marinade for juicy honey mustard chicken, or as a tangy salad dressing. But what if you’re all out? Save yourself a trip to the store with these simple Dijon Mustard Substitutes.
Dijon mustard is a special variety of French-style mustard that has a more intense flavor than regular American mustard. The sauce shares its name with the city of Dijon in France, where it was first created hundreds of years ago. Today, the popular style of mustard is available in the condiment aisle of most grocery stores.
Difference between Dijon Mustard and Regular Mustard
It’s pretty easy to spot the differences between these sauces just by looking at them. Regular mustard is a bright yellow, while Dijon mustard is a paler, creamier yellow. When it comes to taste, regular mustard is much milder in comparison to Dijon’s intense, distinctive flavor. Regular mustard is made using powdered mustard seeds, spices and vinegar. Dijon mustard is made from brown mustard seeds and white wine. The wine, made from tart grapes, helps to give Dijon mustard its unique, distinctive taste.
Dijon Mustard Substitutes
1. Stone-Ground Mustard
Stone-ground mustard is the best substitute for Dijon mustard because they are very similar in taste. Both are made from brown mustard seeds, but the seeds in stone-ground mustard have not been finely ground, so there is a milder flavor. With Dijon mustard, the seeds have been crushed to release all the spices. Stone-ground mustard contains whole mustard seeds, so it’s less smooth than Dijon mustard.
2. Yellow Mustard
Yellow mustard or American mustard is an easily-sourced substitute. This kind of mustard is made using white mustard seeds, which have a different flavor to the brown seeds used for Dijon mustard. American mustard has a bright yellow color due to the inclusion of turmeric.
3. Spicy Brown Mustard
This mustard is similar in taste to Dijon mustard, but is much spicier. Spicy brown mustard is not as smooth or creamy and is less ideal if you’re cooking for people who can’t handle heat.
4. Honey Mustard
You can find honey mustard in the condiment aisle. This sauce is creamy and tangy just like Dijon mustard, but is also sweet thanks to the addition of honey. Honey mustard is especially tasty in sandwiches or as a dipping sauce.
5. Horseradish Sauce
In Germany, horseradish is added to mustard for a spicy kick, reminiscent of wasabi. For those who like the heat, horseradish sauce can be used as an alternative to Dijon mustard.
6. English Mustard
The British have their own variety of mustard, made from both brown and white mustard seeds. English mustard is hot and spicy with a bright yellow color.
7. Mustard Powder + Vinegar
It’s easy to make your own mustard sauce by combining the mustard powder with vinegar. Mix ½ cup vinegar with ½ cup water and combine with ¾ cup powdered mustard. For a more complex flavor, add a teaspoon of garlic powder.
8. Worcestershire Sauce + Mayonnaise
This traditional British sauce contains a savory mix of spices. When combined with creamy mayonnaise, you’ve got a tasty concoction that can be used in place of Dijon mustard.
What Can I Add to Yellow Mustard to Make it Dijon?
It’s surprisingly easy to upgrade your regular yellow mustard to make it taste more like Dijon. All that’s needed is a tablespoon of white wine vinegar (or ½ tablespoon white wine and ½ tablespoon vinegar).
Can I Substitute Dry Mustard for Dijon Mustard?
Dry mustard can be used as a substitute for Dijon mustard for many recipes. Mustard powder can be used to add flavor to meats, soups and other dishes. If you need something cream-based or saucier, try combining dry mustard with mayonnaise.
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Homemade Dijon Mustard Substitute Recipe
- In a small mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.