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10 Dijon Mustard Substitutes To Use In Recipes and On Sandwiches

Originated in the city of Dijon, France, Dijon mustard is a very common condiment found in most American households. Whether it is to add flavor to a hot dog, deli meat sandwich, or used as an emulsifier in salad dressing, the tangy flavor is a welcome taste. But what if you are preparing a recipe and run out of Grey Poupon halfway through? We've rounded up the best Dijon mustard substitutes to get you through so you won't be panicking when someone asks, "Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?"

What is Dijon Mustard?

Referred to by the French as "à la dijonnaise," this French mustard is paler in color than American mustard and has a slightly creamy consistency. Mustard plants were used as a cover crop in vineyards and many people made mustard with vinegar and mustard seeds all the way back in the 14th century.

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It wasn't until the late 1300s that the French started switching out vinegar for verjuice, which is a juice made from unripe grapes. But then using verjuice wasn't cost-effective for mass-producing Dijon mustard.

So they switched again. White wine is used as a substitute in many popular brands such as Grey-Poupon, which was created in 1866 by mustard maker Maurice Grey and his financial backer, Auguste Poupon.

How To Make Your Own Homemade Dijon Mustard

Finding verjuice is very difficult (unless you live on a vineyard) so most recipes use a combination of white wine vinegar and dry white wine to mimic the taste. This recipe from The Journey Girl comes pretty close. Just give yourself about 24 hours to soften the mustard seeds.

10 Dijon Mustard Substitutes

When all fails, grab one of these substitutes.

Stone Ground Mustard

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Typically spicy, this kind of mustard uses brown mustard seeds, the same as Dijon mustard. Use a 1:1 ratio.

Yellow Mustard

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Sweeter than Dijon, this type of mustard is a good substitute since it's usually found in everyone's fridge.


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?Want something hot? Grab some wasabi in place of the taste of Dijon.

Honey Mustard

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This is the best substitute when it comes to pairing with chicken or pork.

Horseradish Sauce

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This strong flavor sauce adds a punch to marinades or sandwiches and makes a great substitute.

Mustard Powder & Vinegar

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Make a quick DIY with dry mustard powder and vinegar.

Worcestershire Sauce & Mayonnaise

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While it might sound a little silly, the combination of Worcestershire sauce and mayo makes a creamy and umami sauce perfect for vinaigrettes.

Spicy Brown Mustard

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?Zesty and bold, this substitution is great on sandwiches.

English Mustard

A tin of Colman's mustard powder.

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Made with ground yellow mustard seeds and turmeric, this mustard is "sinus-clearing" hot, so use caution.

German Mustard

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Made with Malt Vinegar and whole mustard seeds, German mustard is perfect for pretzels.

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