The BEST Substitute for Turmeric (8+ Swap In Ideas)

There are several good substitutes for turmeric, depending on your dish and what qualities of turmeric you want to replace. Whether you’re looking for the color or the flavor of turmeric, I’ve got some great swap in ideas.

What to Substitute for Turmeric

Saffron (for color)

Saffron can provide a similar golden color to dishes, but it is quite expensive. Use it sparingly, as it has a unique flavor.

Curry Powder

Curry powder often contains turmeric along with other spices like coriander, cumin, and fenugreek. It can be a good substitute if you want a blend of flavors.

Turmeric in spoon in small black bowl.

Ginger

Fresh or ground ginger can be used as a substitute for turmeric, especially if you’re looking for a warm, slightly spicy flavor.

Annatto

Annatto is a natural food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree. It can add a yellow-orange hue to dishes but doesn’t have the same flavor profile as turmeric.

Paprika

Depending on the type, paprika can add color and a mild, slightly sweet or smoky flavor to your dishes.

Cumin

Cumin has a warm and earthy flavor that can be used as a substitute for turmeric, although it won’t provide the same color.

Cumin in bowl with spoon.

Coriander

Ground coriander can contribute a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor to your dishes. While it won’t replicate the color, it can be a good addition to curries.

Mustard Powder

Mustard powder has a pungent and slightly bitter flavor, and it can add a yellow color to your dishes. Use it in moderation.

Related Recipes

Here are some recipes that use turmeric:

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The BEST Substitute for Turmeric

There are several good substitutes for turmeric, depending on your dish and what qualities of turmeric you want to replace. Whether you're looking for the color or the flavor of turmeric, I've got some great swap in ideas.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 teaspoon turmeric

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Instructions

  • Swap 1 teaspoon of turmeric for 1/2 teaspoon curry powder PLUS 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder.
  • Enjoy in your favorite recipe.
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