13 Dijon Mustard Substitutes to Take Your Recipes to the Next Level

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The Best Dijon Mustard Substitutes

With its slightly sour taste, full bodied flavor, and rich texture, Dijon mustard is definitely a must-have condiment. Most chefs use it to add some extra flavor to just about any dish. Creamy, sharp, spicy, and similar to honey, it adds an incredible finishing touch to many appetizers, salads, and meat dishes. Mustard can transform a rather bland dish into a magical concoction with a single dash.

I use Dijon mustard at least weekly, so it’s great that most supermarkets carry it. But I really like to have a bottle on hand because it goes in so many of my recipes, like mustard pork chops, mustard grilled steak and mustard grilled salmon. And of course, if you’re going to make kick-ass grilled shrimp, you have to use Maggi’s BBQ sauce, which is made of Dijon mustard, tomato sauce and pickle juice.

To transform my recipes into even more special treats, I usually add a touch of honey, some Dijon mustard, and cornstarch. This combination works like a charm every time. It’s especially useful for that sweet-spicy taste, so it’s a great condiment to have on hand to add to sauces, stews, and marinades.

Yellow Mustard

Not only are these 13 alternatives to Dijon mustard healthier than the commercial varieties, they bring more flavor and depth to your meal. They all have a distinct flavor that limits their substitutions in certain recipes but adds a whole new dimension to countless others.

Spicy Brown Mustard

Spicy brown mustard is particularly good in marinades, glazes and sandwich spreads. It’s tangy, mildly spicy and adds some much-needed heat to your meals and snacks. If you are a fan of mustard and enjoy experimenting with your recipes, then you definitely need some spicy brown in the fridge.

You can also use spicy brown mustard in a vinaigrette, cooked with chicken and roasted veggies or simply mix it up with mayonnaise to create a spicy brown mustard sauce.

Honey Mustard

Stir together with a whisk and refrigerate until ready to use.

For dipping fries and chicken nuggets, dipping cooked vegetables, or drizzling over baked salmon.

Whole Grain Mustard

Dijon Mustard is a universal condiment, and it’s made from the seeds of the Dijon region in France. Dijon Mustard is a popular condiment and flavor enhancer for all kinds of dishes, salads, and sandwiches. Whole Grain Dijon Mustard is a variation of Dijon Mustard that’s a bit more coarse.

It’s definitely a great substitute for the original Dijon Mustard because it’s also made with the black seeds so it has a similar, strong flavor. Whole Grain Dijon Mustard is also more coarsely ground than Dijon Mustard, which means it has bigger chunks. This results in a coarser texture when mixed in with food or in hot foods. Because Whole Grain Dijon Mustard has a coarser texture, it’s known to add more texture to a recipe where you might be needing a bump.

Hot English Mustard

Ingredient:This is English mustard made from mustard seed, vinegar, and spices including Cayenne pepper, coriander, and turmeric.

Description: Hot English mustard can be used in place of Dijon mustard to provide a more dramatic, spicy flavor to your recipes. You can find it in the same condiment aisle as other mustards.

Substitute for: Dijon mustard

Recipe Ideas: Use in pasta, potato, and chicken dishes.

German Mustard

Some people love the flavor of German mustard and others don’t. If you’re in the “I don’t” group, it’s time to broaden your horizons! Dijon and brown mustards have a sharp flavor that pairs well with food by cutting through some of the fat. German mustard is thinner, smoother, and has less of a bite. It’s sweet enough to intrigue your palette and punch up your recipes in interesting ways. It’s also a great alternative to ketchup when you’re in a rush!

It’s a must-have in my fridge because I love mixing it with mayonnaise to create a tasty steak sauce. Mix with sour cream and a bit of minced garlic for a lovely topping for roasted cauliflower and broccoli.

This super savory mustard is perfect for marinating beef, or thinning out with water to use as a dipping sauce for crab cakes or other fried shellfish.

This type of mustard is most often used as a condiment for warm sausages.

Beer Mustard

If you’re a fan of craft beer you’ll appreciate the idea of beer mustard. It’s similar in taste to Dijon mustard but with a slight bitter aftertaste.

You’ll first need to make the beer reduction. Pour a can of beer into a saucepan and cook until reduced by half. (You’ll be left with about a cup of beer.) In a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of Dijon, 2 teaspoons of dry mustard and 2 tablespoons of beer reduction. Whisk until well combined.

Before using your beer mustard, you’ll want to give it time to cool. This is important because hot liquids have a tendency to inhibit the mustard from combining properly.


Dijon Mustard If you're a fan of spicy mustard and Dijon mustard, then you'll love this Japanese inspired spread. It's a mixture of Dijon mustard, horseradish and wasabi, and it has a nice kick of spicy, fresh flavor.

Horseradish Sauce

This isn’t just a dijon mustard substitute. I’m telling you that it’s not a substitute. For me, it’s far more rewarding. For a starter, it’s an excellent use of horseradish root.

For your information, fresh horseradish root isn’t a common ingredient in most homes. Fresh horseradish is available in the Asian section of most supermarkets. It’s a bit pungent, and some may find it very challenging. But when prepared and combined with other ingredients, such as Dijon mustard, it makes a great sauce.

The recipe that I’m about to share with you is basically one of the best dijon mustard substitutes made with horseradish. To be honest, it’s more than a substitute.

If you want to taste something fresh and new with a twist of fire then welcome to the world of Horseradish Dijon Mustard Sauce.

If your mouth burns then you’ll need a glass of cold milk, some one for comfort, and some tissue paper.


A Mustard Substitute

The first and most obvious Dijon mustard substitute is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise, or in the UK, salad cream, is used in many Dijon mustard-based recipes like remoulade.

Speaking of remoulade, another way to replace Dijon mustard in recipes is to use prepared cocktail sauce. If you look at the ingredients, cocktail sauce contains all of the same ingredients – an oil-based mayonnaise, Cajun spices, and lots of vinegar. With these ready-made cocktail sauce, you can create lasagna-style appetizers, salads, and main dishes that would have otherwise required you to mix up your own mayonnaise. If you like dishes like baked chicken with spicy cocktail sauce or onion rings with cocktail sauce, try substituting mayonnaise for Dijon mustard!

Pesto is a great substitute for Dijon mustard when it comes to creamy recipes, like deviled eggs or chicken salad. Pesto is made from freshly-chopped basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and lots and lots of garlic. The preparation takes a bit more time than mixing Dijon mustard into a recipe, but again, the result is a particularly fresh and flavorful dish.

Worcestershire Sauce

First we’ll start with the most conventional substitute.

Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce share the same color, which is why it’s a great substitute.

In addition, Worcestershire sauce is quite salty, which makes it a nice substitute for Dijon mustard with regard to adding an extra zing to your recipe.

Not only that, but Worcestershire sauce has an intense flavor of its own, so using it as a substitute can give your recipe a completely unique taste.

The result is a really flavorful mustard substitute that’s a bit sweeter and much less pungent than Dijon mustard.

Egg Yolk Powder

You can use egg yolk powder in dijon mustard as an emulsifier. It will make your dijon mustard cling to the food better and will make it taste creamier and thicker. It’s used a lot in sauces because it helps coat flavors on your food. Egg yolk powder is a lot more stable when using it with dairy products.

Lecithin Powder

This powder breaks down the fatty deposits that lead to blockages on the arteries. It increases the HDL cholesterol in the body, and reduces the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. This helps people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.


While mustard may not be the most important ingredient in a recipe, it can make a dramatic difference in the final flavor of any stew, dip, or sauce.

You may be familiar with those big yellow and brown bottles of prepared mustard at the grocery store, and although these are a decent option, they are nowhere near as exciting as what you can create if you substitute these prepared mustards with dijon mustard.