The 7 Best Onion Powder Substitutes

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What is onion powder?

Onion powder is the dried and ground form of onion that’s been ground into a fine powder. There is also onion salt, which is used as a substitute for table salt when cooking.

Onion powder is a pretty versatile condiment and it can be used in a variety of recipes. It can be sprinkled over sauces, soups, and stews and it can also be mixed in with other ingredients to impart a mild onion flavor.

During storage or in transit, onions can sometimes develop a bad odor or become moldy. This is not harmful but it can cause health issues when it comes to consumption. As such, some people prefer to cook with onion powder which is usually packed into an airtight canister. This keeps the onions from getting wet or decaying.

Using dried onion powder over fresh onions is most suited for dishes that are cooked. Fresh onions are best for salads and raw dishes. Dried onion powder is not suited for raw dishes because it could cause a burning sensation in your throat.

How healthy (or unhealthy) is it?

If you're watching your sodium intake or looking to reduce the amount of processed foods you're eating, you might have found that conventional mixes for onion soup, onion casseroles, and the like often include some form of onion powder. In many cases, this makes the dish quite high in sodium. So one way to reduce your sodium intake is to make your own onion powder. Since onion powder is made by dehydrating fresh onions, you will be removing the majority of the water from the onions, making it easier to "powder" them. This will help you maintain better control over the sodium content of your food.

However, this doesn't mean that you can toss out your onion powder and start making your own. Although it is made from healthy onions, onion powder does have its drawbacks. Onion powders are often made with dehydrated onion juice powder or a flour and water mixture. Many of these mixes include salt and are, therefore, still very high in sodium. Others may use garlic powder. But garlic powder is also high in sodium and is often used only sparingly in onion powder combination blends.

This is why it’s important that you be very careful about the kinds of onion powders you buy and use. Always check the sodium levels. The general rule of thumb is that if you want to make your own onion powder, it should be 1 teaspoon of homemade onion powder for every 1 tablespoon of regular onion powder.

Nutritional Breakdown:

Onions have been used in cooking since antiquity. In fact, onions have been cultivated in North America since the time of the Mayans and Native Americans.

Onions can be eaten raw or cooked, and they may be prepared as an ingredient in myriad dishes.

Pungent, aromatic white onions paired with pork are a recipe for an unforgettable barbecue feast. In Middle Eastern recipes, this flavor is often achieved with onion powder, which can be added to soups, sautĂŠed vegetable salads, and gourmet sandwiches.

However, not everyone is a fan of the onion flavor, so onion powder is substituted in some recipes and dishes.

Now that you know the many uses of onions, let’s find out more about their underused substitutes.

What recipes are onion powder used in?

Onion powder is mainly used in cookery and recipes to add a subtle onion flavor, without the strong taste of a fresh onion. Onion powder is a convenient and useful ingredient to keep in your pantry. You don’t need to worry about the time it takes onions to come to room temperature or the mess on your hands after a long session of slicing. And when you add it to onion-based recipes, like tomato sauce and chicken gravy, you don’t need to worry about your food tasting bland.

Owing to its versatility, onion powder is widely used in the following recipes:

  • Soup, stew, gravy
  • Ham, corned beef, beef roast
  • Chili, spaghetti, salad dressing
  • Potato, cheese, tomato, pizza, meat pie, pie crust
  • Pancakes, pancakes, cheeses, pizza

If you love the flavor of onions but are looking for a substitute due to allergies or other health concerns, you can try any of these onions substitutes.

Why do we need onion powder substitutes?

Onion powder is an excellent substitute for onions, which can be expensive and hard to find in some areas. Onion powder originates from dehydrated onions that have been ground into fine powder.

The disadvantage of onion powder is the problem of the additives used to dehydrate the onions, and the concentration of the dried powder on the unwanted flavors of the onion. Choose your onion powder carefully by checking the label and avoiding onions with additives and preservatives in it.

The reason why we need onion powder substitutes is because fresh onions are expensive as well other ingredients like garlic powder, onion powder, cooking oil, salt, black pepper, and seasoning.

Spread onion powder on hamburgers, sausages, mushroom caps or beef when cooking. It is often used in place of onions in spicy dishes from several different cuisines.

Dehydrated onion flakes🌱

When cooking onions for long periods, dehydrated onion is preferred as it contains less sulfurous odors. It is easy to find in a grocery store, but it may be slightly more expensive.

Grated fresh onion🌱

If you use fresh onion quite frequently for cooking and due to the freshness of onions you tend to use only the required amount. For longer storage purposes you can replace fresh onions with dried onion, but cutting the onions into small slices and storing in an air tight container can be a good option as well.

However do be aware the freshness of dried onions might not be the same as fresh ones. They might not taste as nice as fresh onions.

Another option is using dried onion powder, which is also available in the market.

Onion powder is a product made from dehydrated and ground onions. You can use it in egg dishes such as omelets, and to flavor meats. It is used to make chili powder, in soups and stews, and can be added to their flour for flavor. Onion powder is also often used as a substitute for fresh onions, with many recipes calling for a teaspoon of onion powder to be used as if fresh onions were used. This way, you don’t have to worry about using fresh onions and having to worry about them going bad.

Onion powder is a great product that has many health benefits, comes in handy bags or containers, and can easily be stored for much longer than fresh onions. However, there are many reasons why fresh onions are still used over onion powder. Fresh onions have a much different flavor, and are difficult to substitute in recipes. Onion powder can also have an adverse effect on those who suffer from onion allergies due to the ease of using onion powder.

Onion salt 🌱

Onion salt is made by mixing 1 part ground black pepper with 5 parts MSG free onion powder. You can experiment with the ratios to find your perfect blend. One thing to remember is that your comfort level with hot and spicy food can determine how hot you want your seasoning mix.

So if you don’t like hot meals, keep the ratio to 10 parts onion powder to 1 part pepper. But if you’re a hot-and-spicy food lover, you can increase the ratio to 15 parts onion powder to 1 part black pepper.

If you don’t like the flavor of pepper, you can reduce it to just 1 or 2 parts and increase the onion powder to 5 parts.

The only thing you really need to watch out for is your dietary needs. The use of black pepper in onion salt is controversial since there are concerns that black pepper can block the body’s absorption of folate and other nutrients. If this is an issue for you, you should consider eliminating black pepper from your onion salt.

Onion powder is a product made from dehydrated and ground onions. You can use it in egg dishes such as omelets, and to flavor meats. It is used to make chili powder, in soups and stews, and can be added to their flour for flavor. Onion powder is also often used as a substitute for fresh onions, with many recipes calling for a teaspoon of onion powder to be used as if fresh onions were used. This way, you don’t have to worry about using fresh onions and having to worry about them going bad.

Onion powder is a great product that has many health benefits, comes in handy bags or containers, and can easily be stored for much longer than fresh onions. However, there are many reasons why fresh onions are still used over onion powder. Fresh onions have a much different flavor, and are difficult to substitute in recipes. Onion powder can also have an adverse effect on those who suffer from onion allergies due to the ease of using onion powder.

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Scallions🌱

Scallions are basically onions with green parts. As you may already know, the green part of an onion is the source of a lot of its health benefits, which is why so many people buy scallions to supplement their onion intake. If you’re looking for an onion powder substitute, it makes sense to use a scallion. But if you’ve never used scallions before, you don’t know how they taste. So before you cook with them, you might worry how they will impact the flavor of your dish. Interestingly, scallions actually taste pretty much like white onions – very mild and sweet. However, you need to be careful about how you use them – they’re very delicate, so they chop up easier in a blender than onions.

Garlic salt🌱

Made from ground dried garlic and coarse salt, this is basically a combination of the same ingredients found in a basic homemade garlic powder except that it's been ground more finely. It's an easy way to add a garlic taste to a dish without having to deal with peeling the cloves. This is probably the simplest of the onion powder substitutes but it does have a strong, garlicky flavor that can easily overpower simpler dishes.

Shallots🌱

Shallots are much smaller than onions and have a distinct, sharp flavor. Shallots have a strong flavor and aroma and are a great substitute for onion powder or diced onions in recipes. Shallots can be used whole in recipes or chopped into smaller pieces. .

The Bottom Line

This has been my go-to substitution for quite a while. The garlic rounds off the heat of the chili powder really well and adds a lovely savory flavor to your dish. Just take care before using this in dishes that should be served cold as they two don't mix as well as garlic powder and onion powder do. On a side note, both chili powder and garlic powder can have quite a strong smell, so using too much will burn your taste buds. I prefer to use chili powder in my rubs and garlic powder in my sauces.

Ginger Powder

Ginger powder is a great substitution that will add a nice spicy kick to your cooking. It's also an excellent way to add some zest to baked goods and smoothies. However, I wouldn't recommend using it in savory dishes or in place of garlic powder or onion powder. The flavor is just a bit too overpowering for those uses.

Fresh Garlic

Fresh garlic is a great way to add onion flavor to any dish that you're preparing. It's most commonly used in uncooked dishes (like sauces and salad dressings) but it can definitely make a difference in cooked dishes as well.

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For sauteing, baking, and everything in between.

While we can always agree that onions are tasty, most of us don’t like the harsh odor and pungent taste of onion powder (if you do happen to be a fan, by all means add a pinch to your pasta dough or wherever your heart desires). Onions are amazing. Cast iron is amazing. But put the two together and it’s a match made in heaven.

Cast iron skillets are inexpensive, durable, and if properly maintained, will last your lifetime. They are a great addition to your kitchen for frying, searing, and sauteing.

If you’re a fan of the skillet like us, you’ll want to become a pro when it comes to cooking with it. Adding a layer of fried onions on top of your dish is a delicious way to take what’s already tasty to an all new level. Just keep in mind that the reason why fried onions taste so good is because of the oil. So, while it’s delicious, it’s not the healthiest choice. Luckily there are healthier options that taste just as good. These seven substitutions for onion powder will allow you to easily and quickly add a great layer of flavor without the oil.

Top healthy picks

There are a surprising amount of foods that can be used as substitute for onion powder, ranging from plain old table salt up to brown sugar. See our list here.

Here are our top picks, and our sources at the bottom for more information.

Agar Agar

Agar agar or gelatine comes from algae. When it is blended with water, this ingredient produces a gelatinous form. While agar agar is used to mimic the flavor of onion in foods like stews, casseroles, and meatloaf, its strength is its ability to act as a thickener and emulsifier. While it can be used as a substitute for onion powder in small amounts, you may find other ingredients produce an onion flavor as well.

Trout Roe

If you’ve ever eaten caviar, you’ll know that it has a pungent smell that’s very similar to onions. To keep the strong flavor of caviar under control, people often use onion juice to dilute the taste. Substitute this in recipes with trout roe.

Top convenient picks

Onion Powder is a flavorful dried condiment made from onions. It can be used as an alternative to fresh onion in recipes, for flavoring food when cooking or at the table, or to spice up any meal. You will use about as much onion powder as you would use onion. It can be used in place of fresh onion in about 98% of onion recipes. It’s one of the best onion powder substitutes.

How to store it:

Blends like onion powder often contain an anti-caking ingredient to prevent the powder from clumping together. Because of this, it’s best to keep your onion powder in an air-tight container.

How to use it:

There are so many different ways to use onion powder. Here are a few popular usages:

In a soup or stew – Add onion powder to your recipe by sprinkling the powder on top of the mixture or stirring the powder into the mixture.

On pasta – In place of dried minced onions, sprinkle on dried onion powder on top of a bowl of pasta. This works beautifully with spaghetti and pasta salads.

On sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs – For a taste of onion that’s not overpowering, sprinkle a little onion powder on your sandwich or hotdog.

Top convincing picks

Some serious onion enthusiasts, those who were raised in or near an onion-growing area, may argue in favor of the fresh stuff, but for the rest of us, onion powder is a great alternative.

There is no lack of onion powder alternatives on the market. Many manufacturers offer their own blend, or there are several other brands with delicious onions. If you’re looking for an easy replacement for fresh onion, here are some of the best options:

{1}. Onion powder, dehydrated: dried onion in granulated form. Sometimes it tastes more like a mix of onion and garlic. Used to create onion-flavored recipes.
{2}. Onion powder, fine ground: finely ground dehydrated onions
{3}. Onion salt: dry onion powder made from dehydrated yellow or white onion
{4}. Onion chips: dehydrated onion in the form of onion chips
{5}. Onion soup mix: contains dehydrated onions, dehydrated carrots, and dehydrated celery
{6}. Onion flakes: minced onion that has been pressed to remove moisture