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.
|Allspice||cinnamon, cassia, dash of nutmeg, mace or a dash of cloves|
|Aniseed||fennel seed or anise extract|
|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|
|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|