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

How to Make Tips for Spice Substitutions


  • 1Spice / 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

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About Tips for Spice Substitutions

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