The BEST Substitute for Dry Mustard: 7+ Swap Ins

Dry mustard adds a subtle, tangy brightness to recipes. But what if you find yourself without? Swap it! Here’s 7+ great substitutes for dry mustard.

Choosing the best substitute for dry mustard depends on what you have on hand and what you’re using it for:

Prepared Mustard

Dijon Mustard

This is the closest substitute in terms of flavor and heat. Substitute 1 tablespoon dijon mustard for 1 teaspoon dry mustard. It works well in most recipes, except dry rubs or spice blends.

Yellow Mustard or Stone Ground Mustard

These are milder and spicier substitutes, respectively. Again, substitute 1 tablespoon prepared mustard for 1 teaspoon dry mustard, but taste and adjust as needed.

Bowl of mustard.

Dry Spices

Mustard Seeds

If you have a grinder, you can toast mustard seeds and grind them yourself. This offers the freshest and most potent flavor, but requires a bit more effort. Use ½ teaspoon ground mustard seeds for 1 teaspoon dry mustard.

Mustard seeds.

Horseradish Powder

This packs a powerful punch, so start with a tiny amount (¼ teaspoon for 1 teaspoon dry mustard) and gradually increase to taste. It complements mustard’s heat but has a distinct flavor.


Turmeric adds a similar yellow color and has a slightly peppery flavor, but it’s milder and lacks the intense kick of dry mustard. Use a 1:1 ratio, but be aware of the different taste profile.

Turmeric in bowl.

Wasabi Powder

Similar to horseradish, use sparingly due to its potent heat. Use ¼ teaspoon for 1 teaspoon dry mustard.

Chinese 5-Spice Powder

This blend contains star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel, and Sichuan peppercorns. It won’t be an exact substitute but adds warmth and complexity. Start with a pinch and adjust to taste.


  • Remember that substitutions may not be exact, so adjust the amount based on the spice’s potency and your taste preferences.
  • Start with a smaller amount of the substitute and gradually add more to taste. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away!
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with combining different spices to create your own unique flavor blend.

Related Recipes

Here are some recipes using dry mustard:

Collage of ground mustard substitutes.

The BEST Substitute for Dry Mustard

There are several good substitutes for dry mustard, depending on your dish and what qualities of ground mustard you want to replace. Here are the two best swap in ideas.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 teaspoon dry mustard


Option 1: Dijon Mustard

Option 2: Turmeric


  • Swap 1 teaspoon of ground mustard for 1 Tablespoon prepared dijon mustard. Or, swap in 1 teaspoon turmeric.
  • Enjoy in your favorite recipe.
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