What is Dijon mustard?
Dijon mustard is one of the oldest sauces in the world. This sauce is named after the town where it is primarily produced, Dijon, burgundy in France. This region is also known for its production of several varieties of wines available globally.
This condiment dates back to ancient Roman times. Jean Naigeon, a mustard maker, tried balancing the taste of this sauce by adding verjuice to the mustard, mainly to reduce its acidic taste. It was during the 18th century when it indeed became popular.
This sauce is made from blending few high-quality ingredients. The key ingredients used in making this condiment are water, salt, mustard seeds, vinegar, and other spices.
Dijon mustard sauce has a distinctive taste, usually tangy with sour notes but also usually very sweet.
How can you use Dijon mustard?
This sauce is mainly used when making either sandwiches or subs. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot use it in making other dishes.
You can use it in making a wide range of dishes. For instance, for your salads as a dressing, just the same way you would use vinegar as a dressing for your salad. The creaminess of this sauce makes a perfect blend with both vinegar and olive oils.
You can also use it to marinate tough parts of meat.
What makes perfect Dijon mustard substitutes?
Missing a vital ingredient while undertaking your cooking activities is not something new. While many might be lucky to get the ingredient directly from the store because they live nearby, some may have to find a quick substitute for that ingredient.
On the other hand, not everyone will love the taste of the Dijon mustard. This then means you will have to find a perfect replacement for this kind of sauce.
When it comes to finding a substitute for the Dijon mustard, there are two sides to this sauce: bad and good. The bad news is that Dijon mustard has a unique and distinctive flavor, usually tangy, creamy, and full of earthy flavor. This makes it a tricky sauce to replace.
The good news is that some sauces make a perfect alternative for the Dijon mustard. Keep in mind that these substitutes will not give you the exact high profile flavor of the Dijon mustard, but they can easily make perfect substitutes.
So, here are some options that you can use as a replacement for your Dijon mustard in case this sauce goes missing in your kitchen while preparing a recipe that requires you to have this sauce.
Many people might not love this sauce, but it replicates the taste of Dijon mustard when used correctly. If you love heat, then this sauce is what you need. Many people love the wasabi sauce because its hotness doesn’t last for long, like that of chili peppers.
It is easily made by combining mustard seeds and horseradish. So, when preparing any recipe that requires a heavy number of spices, then wasabi will not disappoint. Only a pinch of this will make your recipe taste perfect and balance that particular dish’s creaminess.
Nevertheless, if you can handle spicy foods, then you can add to your limit, but it is not recommended as a pinch of wasabi sauce is strong enough for any recipe.
This Japanese sauce is mainly used by natives when preparing sushi.
The advantage of this sauce is that it is widely available in almost every store, and you can find it also in online stores. Note that wasabi sauce does not have the creamy composition same as that of Dijon mustard. Therefore, only use this sauce for recipes that require Dijon for its unique flavor and not for its creaminess.
Wasabi sauce has a lot of health benefits, primarily when used frequently. It features antibacterial properties that help in the reduction of food poisoning.
Spicy brown mustard
As the name suggests, this sauce is also spicy, almost to the same level as the wasabi sauce. It also makes an outstanding substitute for the Dijon mustard.
It is a very familiar sauce and comes in several names globally, and this is because it contains delicatessen. This is why some people refer to it as ‘deli mustard.’
It resembles whole-grain mustard, and its seeds are often visible with a smooth and soft texture. The seeds are what make this mustard full of flavors. This sauce’s making process involves soaking the mustard in less vinegar, and this is before processing it began.
Spicy brown mustard is often creamier and spicier, and this is because the number of seeds in the liquids is usually higher. Its color is also usually darker than the Dijon mustard because of the number of seeds used.
Compared to yellow mustard, the texture of spicy brown mustard is often more refined, and this is because the bran is left behind on the seeds after processing is complete. You can add earthy flavors to the spicy brown mustard by adding ingredients such as cinnamon or even ginger. However, these ingredients should be added in minimal quantities such that they won’t be the dominant flavors.
One of the spicy mustard’s key distinguishing features is that its flavor is usually more pronounced than Dijon mustard. Therefore, it may not blend perfectly when used in dishes that call for Dijon, but the flavor will be epic for meat or salads.
If you are preparing deli meat, then the spicy brown mustard will make a perfect substitute. Ratios and the serving sizes do matter when it comes to this sauce. It’s essential you use a smaller amount than that of Dijon mustard.
It is one of the most accessible Dijon mustard substitutes that you can ever find. It is also referred to as American mustard and has almost the exact resemblance to the Dijon mustard regarding texture and flavor.
The distinctive and pronounced yellow color is brought by turmeric as an ingredient during its making process. It is also spicier and milder than Dijon mustard, and that is why most prefer yellow mustard to Dijon mustard.
This mustard variety is relatively cheap and easily accessible and comes either in powder or paste variety. People tend to love this mustard not only for its mild flavor but also because of the health benefits it possesses.
The sodium content in yellow mustard is usually lower when compared to the Dijon mustard. For the Dijon mustard, the sodium content is usually 120 Mg, while for the yellow mustard, it often has 56 Mg.
You can also make the yellow mustard creamier, just like the Dijon, by adding mayonnaise to it. The difference between the yellow and Dijon mustard comes from the appearance and the spiciness in which Dijon is slightly spicier than the yellow mustard.
They both possess a creamy texture which means they make perfect ingredients for recipes that call for emulsification. The creamy properties are also essential in ensuring that both oil and water blend perfectly when mixed.
The yellow mustard is versatile and can be used in every dish that calls for Dijon mustard. Whether you use it in barbeque meat, sausages, or hot dogs’ yellow mustard will never disappoint.
Making your yellow mustard is also possible, especially if you want to control your mustard’s flavor or profile.
Mayonnaise sauce is also another alternative that you can use in place of the Dijon mustard. It makes a perfect sauce, especially for salads and dressings. If you are preparing any dish that requires Dijon as an emulsifier, mayo is a good alternative because the ratio of oil to water in this sauce is the same as Dijon mustard.
This sauce is often mild because it uses acidic ingredients such as vinegar and lemon juice and heavy amounts of eggs. However, its acidic levels cannot be compared to that of wasabi or Dijon mustard.
It definitely lacks the profile and complexity of Dijon mustard, but well it serves the purpose pretty well. This sauce comes in handy, especially if you are preparing a dish for kids or people who don’t love excess spices.
One unique factor of the mayonnaise sauce is its creamy texture. It also has a sweet and, at the same time, tangy flavor that makes it a perfect ingredient when blended with dishes such as meat or when used as an emulsifier.
Well, this sauce doesn’t have or match the profile and flavor of the Dijon mustard. Still, it serves the purpose, especially for salads, as it binds all the ingredients well with a tangy flavor that is usually undeniably perfect.
Remember not to use the mayonnaise sauce in any recipe that the Dijon mustard is the key ingredient as this may alter the final flavor of the dish you are preparing.
Almost everyone loves this mustard sauce, and we all know why; it is super sweet. So, if you do love sweet food rather than spicy food, then this sauce is all you need.
The addition of honey in mustard slightly deviates from the traditional norms used in making these sauces, but why not give it a try. The good thing is that even with honey, the flavor and aroma are not heavily affected.
The other advantage is that you can easily customize and modify it just like that of spicy brown mustard, that is, if you want to replicate the flavor of the Dijon mustard. Mimicking the Dijon flavor when honey is added to the mustard is not essential as it tastes just delicious.
Honey mustard is readily available, and you can easily find it in stores and online shops. They are made in different varieties and flavors. It means you get to choose which variety you want when buying and the one that perfectly fits the recipe you are preparing.
This sauce works best when used in recipes such as chicken, French fries, salads, or pork. The honey mustard will shine on this meal’s surface and create a perfect balance of both sweet and spicy dishes.
The honey mustard sauce can be used as a single condiment on its own, or you can decide to mix it with other spices such as mayonnaise and herbs like rosemary. When using this mustard for glazing purposes addition of other spices is vital to enhance the taste of the meat.
The other good thing with the honey mustard is that you can easily make a homemade version.
Note that when making homemade honey mustards, you shouldn’t add canola or extra virgin olive oil because it tampers the original taste of the mustard. Extra virgin oils do have pronounced flavors, and they will eliminate the flavor of honey in the mustard.
This is another perfect alternative for the Dijon mustard. Both these sauces have almost similar flavors, and that is why it is considered to be one of the best substitutes for the Dijon mustard.
It is also not the standard radish that most people are well familiar with. This sauce has its origin in both Hungary and Russia, and it is made from a root vegetable. You can easily mimic Dijon’s flavor and profile just by combining sour cream, honey, and horseradish root.
This sauce falls in the mustard family even though not everyone loves it due to the robust flavor. Making a basic horseradish sauce is very easy because it only requires you to have three ingredients.
So, how do you make this sweet, tangy, delicious sauce? It would be best if you grated the horseradish vegetable’s roots, after which you can puree it with the other ingredients. The result will be spicy with a pronounced flavor that is almost similar to the Dijon mustard.
Be sure not to use too much horseradish because the spicy horseradish levels are usually intense when used in excess, especially when the other ingredients are also blended in the sauce.
The presence of honey is basically to add sweetness to the sauce same as that of Dijon mustard. Remember to use organic honey as it contains no added preservatives. You can easily know the best quality honey just by looking at how clear the honey is.
On the other hand, sour cream is usually to adds a tangy flavor to the sauce.
You can adjust the flavor of the horseradish sauce by adjusting the ingredients to make the flavor intense. This sauce goes well with many kinds of dishes, including lambs, chicken, shawarma, fish.
Egg yolk or egg yolk powder
When it comes to egg yolks, it all comes down to what recipe you want to prepare. This means that if you are looking for flavor, then egg yolks will not serve you best.
Basically, I don’t use egg powder as a substitute for the Dijon mustard because it is clear that egg yolks’ flavor is not the same as that of Dijon mustard. On the other hand, egg yolks make a perfect binding to several dishes.
Using egg yolks as a substitute is straightforward as you only need to use the same amount of Dijon mustard. The best thing about the egg yolks is that they give your recipe a constant creamy consistency.
We all know that for the Dijon mustard, certain ingredients are added to it to make sure that it blends perfectly well with water and oil. This means if you require the Dijon mustard for any of that reason, then egg yolks make a perfect substitute.
A single egg is usually the same as two tablespoons when you want to use it for emulsion. So, when using the eggs, remember to make separate the yolk from the egg white. After separating the egg whites and the egg yolk, mix them properly.
We all know that the Dijon mustard hails from France, given by the name the sauce was named. Well, the Worcestershire sauce was first made in England, and it is made with ingredients that are different from the Dijon mustard.
Some of the key characteristics include a tangy flavor, dark and acidic. These features are almost similar to the Dijon mustard making this sauce a perfect alternative if you run out of Dijon mustard.
Compared to other sauces like mayonnaise or spicy brown mustard, the Worcestershire sauce is usually less creamy but packed with more than enough kick for you to try using it for your recipes.
Some of the ingredients used in making this delicious sauce include cured anchovies, garlic, tamarind paste, molasses, and salt. The use of several ingredients when making this sauce is what makes it have a tangy flavor.
However, when used in large quantities, this sauce may alter your food’s taste and flavor. Therefore, you need to use it in relatively minimal amounts. A teaspoon of this sauce is more than enough, especially when blended with yogurt or mayonnaise.
The tangy flavor of this sauce works best when used as meat or a tofu marinade.
The best part of this sauce is that it has a long shelf-life. The flavor might change slightly over the years, but it can last for long months in the cupboards compared to the other sauces.
In comparison to all the mustards, it is only the whole-grain mustard that has mustard seeds that are visible in the sauce. Often, the seeds always appear as if they are ground, and this is what makes it have a fine texture.
The taste and flavor of the whole-grain mustard are almost the same as that of the Dijon mustard. However, it doesn’t have a fine texture like the Dijon.
The vital ingredients used when making these sauces are mustard seeds and wine/vinegar. The difference between this mustard and the Dijon mustard is that it is made using black and brown seeds instead of yellow seeds.
Well, the color of this sauce shouldn’t scare you just because you are used to the standard yellow sauce. It makes a perfect substitute, primarily when used in mashed potatoes, salads, and sandwiches.
The flavor of this mustard is usually very robust. It falls under the same category as the hot mustard with slight variations. Usually, you will find it in stores under the Colman’s brand.
The major significant difference of this mustard is that vinegar is omitted during its making process. This is why it usually is relatively spicier than most mustards.
The English mustard is made by blending both the yellow and brown mustard seeds. When it comes to texture and flavor, they share these features with the Dijon mustard.
This mustard is often sold in bottled form, but the best version is the one that is bought in powdered form. The powder is then mixed with cold water until it completely dissolved for about 10 minutes before being used.
It comes out best when used in sandwiches and roast meat due to the heat that is released after combining the powder with water. Remember to adjust the ratio while using this sauce.
Beer and spirit mustard
I don’t know if you have heard about beer mustard, but it also makes a perfect substitute for the Dijon mustard. This sauce was born in the mid-western region of the US.
As the name suggests, this mustard is made with beer as the sauce’s base ingredient instead of the ordinary vinegar. The use of beer as the base liquid makes this mustard possesses a small amount of acidity.
One guaranteed fact about the beer mustard is that it isn’t as tangy and sharper as the Dijon mustard, but it is relatively mild, giving room for other flavors to stand out.
You can also use spirits in place of beer. The use of spirits or whiskeys will make the mustard bolder and add depth to the mustard.
Well, if you want something unique apart from the common, use beer mustard for your salad dressing and sandwiches. It also tastes good as a dip.
Make your own Dijon mustard.
There is nothing that can come close to the original Dijon mustard other than homemade mustard. Making a Dijon may seem complicated because of its uniqueness, but it is not impossible.