Tips for Spice Substitutions

Linda Kauppinen


Cooking with spices is fabulous, that is, until you don’t have the spice you want or need. If you’re mid-way through a recipe and realize you’re missing a key spice, you can often substitute other spices in its place and get a similar flavor.

Here’s a list of common spices and the substitutions that will replicate their flavor.
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substitutions for spices listed below

Directions Step-By-Step

Spice / Substitution
Allspice/ cinnamon, cassia, dash of nutmeg, mace or a dash of cloves
Aniseed / fennel seed or anise extract
Cardamom/ ginger
Chili powder/ dash of bottled hot pepper sauce plus oregano and cumin
Cinnamon/ nutmeg or allspice (use ¼ the amount)
Cloves /cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger
Cumin /chili powder
Ginger /allspice, cinnamon, mace or nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger / ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Mace / allspice, cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg
1 tablespoon prepared mustard / 1 teaspoon ground mustard (in cooked dishes)
1 tablespoon prepared mustard/ ½ teaspoon ground mustard plus 2 teaspoons vinegar (in cold or uncooked dishes)
Nutmeg / cinnamon, ginger or mace
Saffron / dash of turmeric
1 teaspoon apple pie spice / ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon plus ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg plus ⅛ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice/ ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon plus ¼ teaspoon ground ginger plus ⅛ teaspoon EACH ground cloves and ground nutmeg

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy