Tips for Spice Substitutions

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By Linda Kauppinen @cyrene
from Greenwood, FL

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. thanks to

serves see the list below
method No-Cook or Other


    substitutions for spices listed below

How To Make

  • 1
    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
  • 2
    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