The 6 Best Celery Seed Substitutes You Need To Look Out For

Chris Starks
Written by
Last update:

Why are celery seeds popular?

Celery seed has a strong flavor that is very hard to find elsewhere. It is often used in pickling, meat stews, seafood dishes, ketchup, mustard, cream sauces, flavoring teas and much more. So it’s pretty clear why it is so popular. But, because of its high demand and low supply, it’s also one of the most expensive herbs.

Celery seed is a spice that not everyone uses in their every day kitchen. If you are one of those people and there is no one in your immediate family who uses celery seeds, you could end up wasting money. So this article is for you to help you figure out how to save on these expensive little seeds.

The herbs and spices that are listed below are all healthy alternatives for celery seeds. They can be used to make dishes taste good in the same way as real celery seeds. Therefore, when you find yourself out of the celery seeds that you usually use for making a certain dish, you no longer have to fret that your dish will taste bland because of the absence of the spice. Instead, simply take out one of these healthy alternatives, and sprinkle it on your cooked food, and your dish will still taste yummy.

Where can you purchase celery seeds?

Celery seeds are usually found in the spice/seasoning aisle of any major supermarket or grocery chain. It is not uncommon to see products that contain celery seeds as an ingredient because it is utilized in a variety of recipes and is also used as a medicinal herb.

You can purchase large quantities of celery seeds in a health food store, but will only be able to buy smaller amounts in a major supermarket.

What is Celery Seeds?

Celery seeds are the seeds of the small celery that is the main ingredient in celery salt. They are often found as a spice or seasoning as they have a distinctive, pungent, familiar taste that is used to enhance the flavor of meats, soups, and other foods.

The flavor profile of celery seeds is often compared to a mix of anise, celery, and caraway. The seeds are used for culinary purposes all around the world and are commonly used in Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes.

Celery seeds are high in antioxidants and is often used to dress salads or to season grilled meat. It can also lower the risk of heart attacks, according to a 2009 research study.

Best substitutes for celery seeds

The celery seeds used in the classic Bloody Mary cocktail are one of the signature ingredients in the drink. The seeds are not only responsible for enhancing the taste of the drink, but also have diuretic properties, which give the drink its signature savory flavor and affect.

But if you are allergic to celery, or celery seeds themselves have unpleasant effects on your body, you will have to find the best celery seeds substitute that will bring out the flavor and the taste of the drink as you initially wanted.

While you have a number of options to choose from, knowing a bit about each of them will help you get a better idea about what will work for you. So here’s a list of the top substitutes for celery seeds.

Seeds from the Laurel Family

Do you know that the leaves of celery are part of the laurel family? Now, that’s an interesting piece of information. But did you know that its seeds come from the same family as well? So when you’re looking for a celery seeds substitute, check out the seeds from the following plants, which also come from the laurel family:

Bay leaves

Celery leaves and stalk

  • Celery seeds
  • is essentially the dried petioles of the plant. The flowers and seeds from the celery plant have a very strong taste. The leaves and stalks are naturally deficient in this strong taste, and therefore have become a popular substitute herb in various cuisines. I have used them in Sri Lankan chicken curry and in my everyday green juice. These leaves provide minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and potassium to the body. They are also rich in vitamin A and C. The stalk on the other hand is used in Chinese and European cuisines due to its crunchiness.

The benefits of celery include helping to maintain blood sugar levels, reducing obesity and weight gain, blood pressure, gastroenteritis, and liver diseases. Celery seeds can also be used to treat athlete's foot. It is, of course, also used as a sexual stimulant.

If you don’t have celery seeds by hand, use the following substitutes instead:

  • Celery leaf
  • and **stalk
  • Celery leaves
  • and **spring onion
  • Celery leaf**, **dill**, and **carrot
  • Dill**, **carrot**, and **celery leaf
  • Celery seed**, **celery leaf**, and **carrot
  • here.

Dill Seeds

The aroma and flavor of dill is almost similar to celery seeds. Dill is mostly used in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The flavor of dill is sharp, tangy, and mild at the same time. They are prominent in Middle Eastern cuisine as well. You can include dill seeds in your dishes such as pickles, chutneys, and curries.

Celery salt

Is a popular herbal seasoning often used on salads and dishes to add flavor. It’s made of fresh celery seeds mixed with salt. It is also sometimes called rocket salt.

Celery salt is not used for cooking, but used as a table condiment. You can also use it after cooking in order to give the flavor of celery without adding the celery pieces or leaves. It’s commonly used in meat and vegetable dishes and salads.

Celery salt is often used in Italian recipes, but also French, Lebanese, Indian and Chinese dishes. The flavor is similar to celery, but stronger due to the salt. It’s flavor works well with fish, lamb, salads, beans and peas. As a seasoning, use a pinch for mild flavor or a tablespoon for a strong flavor.


Lovage is also sometimes referred to as “Giant Parsley” in order to distinguish it from other varieties of parsley. The celery celery seed substitute known as Lovage, also goes by the names “Love Herb” in Italy and “Sea Parsley” in France. But perhaps the best nickname for this herb is “Herb of the Gods”; and the reason is that it has been widely used throughout history in the making of fine wines, cordials, and liqueurs.

Lovage is an herbaceous perennial plant native to northern China, Mongolia, and Siberia. Lovage has also been introduced into the wild in many regions of North America. One distinguishing characteristic of the plant are the strikingly white to yellow flowers, and another is its celery-like leaves.

The lovage plant has a lot of culinary uses as well. It can be used to flavor soups, sauces, stews, and even desserts. But the culinary uses for this herb go beyond its culinary uses. In fact, research on the herb has found that it has many medicinal properties as well.

These properties include:

Exotic spices

Are a very common ingredient in savoury dishes to provide subtle and enhanced flavour. The delectable flavour of curry, for example, is entirely due to its careful mix of spices. Amongst all the spices, celery seed plays an important role. It is used in most oriental dishes to add a very special tang to your tastebuds. You can use it as a garnish or a marinade for meat or poultry. If you are looking for an interesting habit, you may chew on its seeds occasionally.

But, celery seeds are not the easiest and most easily available spice. They are not grown in India and hence they have to be bought from stores and stalls outside where you live. However, there is no need to despair. There are several substitutes available for celery seeds. These may be similar, but they definitely are not the same chemically. So we present to you the top 6 substitutes for celery seeds.

Celery Flakes

One of the best alternatives of celery seeds are celery flakes. This doesn’t just last long but also has a whole lot of other impressive qualities. My favorite recipe is the one that pairs these flakes with oregano and onion powder to create a flavorful spice blend that’s delicious on everything from chicken to fish.

I’m always using celery flakes with my chicken recipes because it’s got just the right amount of flavor. It’s mild but flavorful, a good thing if you want very little zing to your food. The flavor just comes about when you’re cooking, but it’s not overwhelming or aggressive.

Celery flakes work perfectly for dry rubs, you just have to toss them with some your favorite herbs, spices, and perhaps some salt and pepper before you spread it all over the surface of your meat and get cooking.


Celery seed is the dried and ground seeds of celery. It is used in various recipes because of its characteristic bitter taste.

It can add a nice flavor to cakes, muffins, salads, barbeque sauce, cookies, soups, and other food items.

Celery seed seeds aren’t a common ingredient and might require a bit if you’re trying to make a recipe. Fortunately, it is possible to substitute celery seeds by using other ingredients that look and taste very similar.

If you go down this route, you can lessen the chances of affecting the final outcome of the recipe.

So, in this post, we’ve listed 6 good alternatives.