There are several good Dijon mustard substitutes available to you, including homemade Dijon. For a great Dijon mustard substitute, I have put several together for you including a quick and easy recipe to make homemade Dijon mustard. Dijon mustard is a versatile and flavorful ingredient in many recipes and as a condiment. But if you don't have any on hand, we've got you covered.
Dijon Mustard Ingredients and Flavor - Dijon mustard typically is made up of ground brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, salt and water. The combination of ingredients creates a flavor that is tart, sweet, and spicy all at the same time.
Dijon mustard is a staple in my house. I use it in this fan favorite top round roast recipe. Its also perfect for homemade BBQ sauce or air fryer crab cakes. Last but certainly not least, Dijon mustard makes a great condiment for air fryer burgers or a baked ham.
Best Dijon Mustard Substitutes
Dijon mustard falls into the category of prepared mustard. Prepared mustard is a condiment made of ground yellow mustard seeds or brown mustard seeds that have been mixed with vinegar, salt and other spices to give it flavor.
Depending on the combination of main ingredients used, prepared mustard can be tart, sweet or spicy. The following substitutes are all considered prepared mustards that can easily be found in grocery stores and good substitutes for Dijon mustard.
- Stone Ground Mustard is similar to Dijon mustard in that it uses both brown mustard seeds and white mustard seeds and additional ingredients like vinegar, salt, and spices. The key difference between stone-ground mustard and Dijon is that stone-ground has a coarser texture due to the addition of whole mustard seeds, while Dijon is smoother since only ground seeds are used.
- Yellow Mustard is a milder version of Dijon. This classic American condiment has a slightly sweet, tangy flavor, and a creamy texture. It can be used in most recipes that call for Dijon, though you may need to use a bit more to achieve the same level of flavor.
- Whole Grain Mustard has a slightly spicy flavor similar to Dijon mustard. It contains whole seeds of both brown and white mustard so is coarser than a typical Dijon mustard. It often includes other seasonings like vinegar and herbs. It makes a good Dijon mustard substitute in most recipes, such as salad dressings, but test the spiciness of your mustard brand first.
- Spicy Brown Mustard has a coarser texture and a more robust flavor than yellow mustard. It can be used in place of Dijon mustard in many recipes, particularly those that need a strong flavor such as spicy food.
- Hot English Mustard - Hot English Mustard ingredients are a combination of a spicier chili pepper, vinegar, turmeric and other spices that give it an intense kick compared to other mustards like Dijon or Stone Ground. Its spicy flavor makes it best suited for recipes calling for bold flavors like braised meats, glazes, grilled vegetables, or macaroni salads, where its sharpness will really stand out against other ingredients in the dish.
- German Mustard has become popular around the world for its unique flavor. It is made from a combination of brown mustard seeds, vinegar, honey and spices including turmeric, allspice and nutmeg. The combination of ingredients gives German mustard a rich and tangy taste making it a great substitute for Dijon mustard when you want an extra kick of flavor.
- Honey Mustard is a creamy blend of yellow and brown mustard seeds, vinegar, honey and spices. It is much sweeter than Dijon mustard but still has a bit the bite and tang we expect from mustard. Its sweetness makes it ideal for making dips, sauces and meat rubs especially for chicken or pork. I also love to use honey mustard as a dip for French fries or raw carrots and celery.
- Homemade Dijon Mustard is always a great alternative. Make my recipe below to make your own Dijon. It contains yellow mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, distilled white vinegar, white wine, granulated sugar, and kosher salt. For a spicier mustard, you can also use black mustard seeds. Adjusting the color or quantity and color of mustard seeds can also give you a sharp flavor or a milder flavor.
- Homemade Dijon mustard can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. The mustard may become more pungent over time as it ages, so you may want to taste it periodically and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- To store your own Dijon mustard recipe, transfer it to a clean jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Be sure to label the container with the date so you know how long it has been stored. It's also a good idea to store the mustard in the back of the refrigerator, where the temperature is most consistent.
- Homemade mustard doesn't contain any preservatives, so it's important to practice good food safety and consume it within a reasonable amount of time.
- Homemade Dijon doesn't contain lecithin which helps the mustard emulsify. So you may need to shake your mustard vigorously to blend it again.
Ultimately, the best substitute for Dijon mustard will depend on the flavor profile of the specific recipe and your taste preferences. When considering which type of mustard will be the perfect substitute, think about how spicy, flavorful, or mild you want your final product to be. You may need to experiment with different options to find the one that works best for you.
Easy Homemade Dijon Mustard (For When You Need a Substitute)
- 11 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, divided ½ cup + 3 tablespoons
- ½ cup mustard seeds brown, yellow or a combination
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- In a medium glass bowl, combine ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup water and the mustard seeds. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours.
- Strain the mustard seeds through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the liquid.
- Add the mustard seeds to a blender with the remaining 3 tablespoons vinegar and the wine. Blend until smooth, then scrape down the sides. Add the sugar and the salt. Continue blending until very smooth. Season to taste with additional salt and sugar.
- Place the fine mesh strainer over a glass measuring cup or a small glass bowl. Add the blended mustard mixture to the strainer. Press down firmly on the mustard to separate any remaining skins from the mustard. Discard the skins.
- Cool the Dijon mustard slightly. Transfer it to a sterilized jar or an airtight container and refrigerate. Refrigerate the mustard for a few days before serving and the flavor will deepen.
- Store the mustard for up to 6 months.
- The longer you soak the seeds, the easier they are to blend.
- Transfer the mustard to a sterilized jar or airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
- If you prefer a milder mustard, you can use all yellow mustard seeds instead of a combination of yellow and brown. More brown seeds will increase the spiciness. You can also adjust the ratio of seeds to liquid to create a thicker or thinner mustard, depending on your preference.