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Substitute For Dijon Mustard: 10 Alternatives with Similar Flavor

Dijon mustard has a tangy, sharp flavor with a lot of heat. It’s spicier than yellow mustard and a bit more complex. This is because Dijon mustard is made using verjuice instead of common vinegar. The low acidity of verjuice provides a more reactive base for mustard and gives it a more robust profile.

Out of Dijon Mustard? While it seems irreplaceable, there are quite a few supermarkets and pantry ingredients you can substitute for Dijon mustard in your sandwich, salad, or marinade. They may not all provide the same flavor but do make for a tasty alternative.

#1. Yellow Mustard

Yellow Mustard

Yellow mustard is sweeter, tarter, and more acidic than Dijon mustard. It may offer less heat, but having a similar profile and composition to Dijon mustard makes it a top choice as a substitute. If you’re not a fan of Dijon’s spice, yellow mustard makes a better alternative.

Because it has a mild flavor, if you want to achieve the same taste as Dijon mustard, you may need to add some hot sauce or spicy dried herbs as compensation.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard.

#2. Stone Ground Mustard

Stone Ground Mustard

Like Dijon mustard, stone ground mustard is also made from brown mustard seeds and is used to add some heat to dishes. It has a coarse texture that complements dishes like meats, sandwiches, or salads really well.

The flavor profiles of stone ground mustard and Dijon mustard match almost seamlessly, except Dijon mustard is spicier. If you’re substituting stone ground mustard with Dijon mustard, use it in dishes like dressings or marinades because they generally require a milder flavor.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Stone Ground Mustard.

#3. Spicy Brown Mustard

Spicy Brown Mustard

Spicy brown mustard makes an excellent substitute for Dijon mustard in recipes where the intention is to add spice. It has a more intense flavor and coarser texture than Dijon because of the seeds. Spicy brown mustard is also sometimes referred to as “Deli Mustard” because it’s typically added to large meaty sandwiches.

Using spicy brown mustard as a substitute for Dijon will give you a near-identical taste. The only difference is that spicy brown has more zest, spice, and a very pronounced flavor, so you will need to substitute less in this case.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Spicy Brown Mustard.

#4. Wasabi


Derived from the Japanese horseradish plant, Wasabi is a Japanese condiment known for packing an insane amount of heat. It’s the spiciest ingredient on this list and must be used with moderation, or you’ll find yourself in pain and extreme irritation. It has a dry, pungent, and extra spicy taste, enough to make your mouth steam.

You can use wasabi as a substitute for Dijon mustard in sandwiches or salad dressings but make sure you substitute less. It’s a great alternative when you need to give heat to your dishes. The only flaw is it’s not a substitute for the creamy texture of Dijon.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tsp. Wasabi.

#5. Honey Mustard

Honey Mustard

Honey mustard is a popular go-to kitchen ingredient for making dips, dressings, and marinades because it has a very pleasant contrast of sweetness and tanginess. It’s the ideal substitute for Dijon Mustard if you’re preparing a meal for kids and can even be paired successfully with salads, vegetables, breads, meats, and cheese.

Just note that honey mustard will add some sweetness to your dish. If that’s unacceptable for the recipe you’re preparing, you shouldn’t use it.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Honey Mustard.

#6. Egg Yolk

Egg Yolk

Thickness and creaminess are some of the best aspects of Dijon Mustard. If you’re looking for a substitute that gives you a similar texture and color, why not try egg yolks? They’re high in protein, help you maintain the pale-yellow color of your dressings and marinades, and add a creamy mouthfeel.

The only problem is that egg yolks do tend to taste rather bland. They won’t make a flavorful substitute but you can add some chili pepper and garlic powder to compensate for it.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Egg Yolk.

#7. Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish sauce is an ingredient you want to use carefully. It has a bold taste that may not be to everyone’s liking. However, its tangy taste and creamy texture are very similar to Dijon, making it a good substitute for Dijon Mustard in most recipes.

Since horseradish sauce has a very pungent aroma and taste, it’s best to pair it with meaty dishes that use a lot of gravy and seasoning. Basically, you need something to balance out the unpleasant part.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Horseradish Sauce.

#8. Hot English Mustard

Hot English mustard is made from a combination of white, brown, and black mustard seeds. It has a very spicy flavor profile, similar to Dijon mustard, and goes great with meat roasts, sandwiches, and gravies.

The flavor of hot English mustard is somewhere between Dijon Mustard and yellow mustard. While it’s spicier than yellow mustard, it’s not as spicy as Dijon mustard while being slightly sweeter than Dijon but not as sweet as yellow mustard.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Hot English Mustard.

#9. Worcestershire Sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

Worcestershire sauce is a traditional British condiment that’s known for its deep and tangy flavor. It’s not the perfect alternative but comes quite close to replicating the taste of Dijon mustard, making it a good substitute.

The only difference is that Worcestershire sauce is darker and a bit more acidic. It works best when used in meat marinades or as a condiment for dressings.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce.

#10. Whole Grain Mustard

Whole Grain Mustard

Whole grain mustard is like yellow mustard, except the mustard seeds are visible. Only a small number of mustard seeds are grounded to make this condiment, so it’s less flavorful than Dijon mustard but offers a coarse texture that goes well with salad dressings and sandwiches.

Using whole grain mustard will offer a similar but milder flavor than Dijon mustard and a new texture.

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard = 1 Tbsp. Whole Grain Mustard.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.