10 Best Whole Grain Mustard Substitutes

I never knew how many different types of mustard there are until I was making a baked mustard chicken recipe that specifically asked for whole grain mustard.

I didn’t even know that existed! I definitely didn’t have it in my pantry but I wanted to stick to the recipe. That chicken looked so good! 

Luckily, there are quite a few whole-grain mustard substitutes that all work well. You can get that same spicy taste and grainy texture using any one of these whole-grain mustard substitutes. My mustard-baked chicken was saved! 

Our Whole grain mustard substitutes are Dijon mustard, honey mustard, horseradish, and wasabi. The easiest substitute for whole grain mustard is Dijon mustard. It has a similar, spicy taste and a seedy texture. Stone ground mustard is a good whole grain mustard alternative that has the same taste but a slightly different texture. You may also use turmeric powder to replace whole grain mustard, getting a smoky taste that is a little milder. 

What is Whole Grain Mustard?

Mustard is a classic, tangy and sweet condiment that is used on sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs.

It is made with seeds from the mustard plant which are ground and mixed with vinegar, lemon juice, wine or other liquids to make a spreadable paste. 

Whole grain mustard is a type of mustard that still has whole mustard seeds. The mustard seeds are visible and not completely ground into the paste.

 Whole grain mustard has a great texture and strong, potent taste as the mustard seeds can be quite strong and spicy.

If you are looking for a whole wheat mustard substitute or a whole grain mustard alternative, you need to keep this flavor and texture in mind! 

Whole Grain Mustard Substitutes

1. Dijon Mustard

Dijon mustard is made from brown or black mustard seeds. It was originally produced in Dijon, France.

Dijon Mustard

Dijon mustard is made with white wine and spicy mustard seeds, giving it a strong bite that is very similar to whole grain mustard. 

Dijon mustard works well in vinaigrettes, mayos and sauce. It can be used to replace whole-grain mustard in a 1:1 ratio.

I like to use smooth dijon mustard but you can also find varieties with seeds. These will be closer to whole grain mustard texturally. 

2. Yellow Mustard – The Best Whole Grain Mustard Substitute

Yellow mustard is made from yellow mustard seeds. This is a little different than the brown mustard seeds that are typically used to make whole-grain mustard. However, the taste is very similar!

Yellow Mustard

Yellow mustard is not as spicy as whole grain mustard. It is much more mellow and also has a smoother texture. 

Try doubling the amount of yellow mustard when replacing whole-grain mustard. This will increase the taste for sure!

I always have yellow mustard on hand so this is a substitute I use quite often to replace whole grain mustard. It works great! 

3. Wasabi Sauce

Wasabi sauce is another great substitute for whole-grain mustard. Wasabi is also in the mustard family so it has a similar spice.

Wasabi sauce

Although wasabi is a much stronger flavor so you may want to use wasabi sauce to replace whole grain mustard rather than pure wasabi. 

You may think of Asian cuisine when you think of wasabi. It is often used for sushi and noodle bowls. You can harness that delicious flavor and use it to replace whole-grain mustard in any recipe. 

Replace 1 teaspoon of whole grain mustard with 1 teaspoon of wasabi sauce or ¼ tsp of wasabi paste. Spread it on your sandwich or add it to a recipe just as you would use mustard. 

4. Fresh or Grated Horseradish

Grated or powdered horseradish is a good substitute for whole-grain mustard. It has a spicy taste that is very similar to the flavor of mustard.

The similar flavor is no coincidence- horseradish plants are part of the mustard family


Mix about 1 tablespoon of grated horseradish or 1 tsp powdered horseradish with a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of honey.

You will get a nice, spicy sauce that you can use to spread on a sandwich in place of whole grain mustard. 

Use about ½ tsp of grated horseradish to replace whole grain mustard in a recipe. This will add just the right amount of flavor and spice. 

5. Mustard Powder- Whole Grain Mustard Substitute

Dry mustard powder is a spice made from finely ground mustard seeds. It is the perfect substitute for whole grain mustard if you are looking to get that classic “mustard” flavor. 

Mustard Powder

Replace one tablespoon of whole grain mustard with one teaspoon of mustard powder. You may want to mix the mustard powder with a little water to make a paste.

This will blend into your ingredients better and prevent the mustard powder from clumping. 

I like to mix a teaspoon of mustard powder into two tablespoons of mayonnaise to make a perfect mustard spread.

This is great for sandwiches and will give you a spicy mustard taste when you don’t have whole-grain mustard on hand. 

6. Whole Mustard Seed Substitute 

If you have whole mustard seeds, you can use them to replace whole grain mustard. There are actually two ways you can use mustard seeds as a whole grain mustard alternative.

You can either grind the seeds and use the dry powder or mix them with some vinegar and honey to make a quick mustard spread.

Ground mustard seeds will be very strongly flavored and spicy. The freshly ground seeds are quite potent! 

Replace one teaspoon of whole grain mustard in a recipe with ½ teaspoon of ground mustard seeds.

Grind mustard seeds and mix 1 teaspoon with 1 teaspoon of vinegar and ½ teaspoon of honey to make a little fresh mustard spread. 

I like to keep some of the mustard seeds wholes, grinding them only about halfway. This gives the texture of whole grain mustard. It tastes delicious! 

7. Stone Ground Mustard

Stone ground mustard is very similar to whole grain mustard. Both are made with brown mustard seeds, vinegar, sugar and water. 

Stone Ground Mustard

Stone ground mustard has mustard seeds that are slightly crushed and broken rather than left whole. The mustard mix itself is the same, the texture of the seeds are just a little different. 

Stone ground mustard and whole grain mustard have the same flavor so you can use them interchangeably in a recipe.

One teaspoon of stone ground mustard can replace one teaspoon of whole grain mustard without changing a thing! 

8. Spicy Brown Mustard

Spicy brown mustard is made with brown mustard seeds and just a little bit of vinegar. It is often made with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg to give the mustard an earthier taste

Spicy Brown Mustard

Since it is made with less vinegar than standard whole grain mustard, it has a spicier, stronger taste. It is a fantastic substitute for whole grain mustard, perfect for both sandwiches and mixing into recipes.

Use ¾ teaspoon of spicy brown mustard to replace one teaspoon of whole grain mustard. You will get the same delicious taste with less ingredients! 

9. Turmeric Powder

Replace one teaspoon of whole grain mustard with one teaspoon of ground turmeric. The bright root spice will add some of the same flavor notes to your recipe.

Turmeric Powder

However, turmeric is a little less pungent, making it a great, mild substitute for whole-grain mustard

Turmeric is used to make yellow mustard so the taste may already remind you of mustard. It is definitely my family’s favorite whole grain mustard substitute since it is milder and still tasty.

Turmeric also has lots of potential health benefits like reducing inflammation. I love a good healthy substitute! 

10. Homemade Whole Grain Mustard

Skip searching the grocery store shelves and try making your own whole grain mustard! It is actually pretty easy. 

I far prefer the taste and freshness of homemade mustard over store-bought mustard.

Give my easy, whole grain mustard recipe a try and you will see what I mean (see below)! You can use homemade mustard to replace store-bought whole grain mustard with a 1:1 ratio. 

Store the homemade mustard in the fridge and it will keep for up to six months

Is Whole Grain Mustard Healthy?

Whole grain mustard does boast some potential health benefits. The whole mustard seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and can help maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

Whole grain mustard is healthier than yellow mustard which often has a lot of additional sodium and preservatives. 

Here is a quick look at the nutritional value for 2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard. 

Fat½ gram

You can look for lower sodium whole grain mustard if you want to cut back on this number. 

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Final Considerations

There are many different ingredients you can use to replace whole grain mustard. Some substitutes are great for a more mild flavor while others are almost identical. 

Choose a substitute that suits your personal tastes best and let me know which you like the best. And be sure to try my homemade whole grain mustard recipe because it really is fantastic. Enjoy! 

Homemade Whole Grain Mustard

Homemade Whole Grain Mustard

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Once you make mustard once, you will never go back to buying it at the store. The fresh, natural flavor is unbeatable. The mustard also keeps for up to six months in the fridge so make a big batch and you will never run out!


  • ½ cup brown mustard seeds
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Add the brown and yellow mustard seeds to a small bowl and stir. 
  2. Add the vinegar and white wine to the bowl and stir again. 
  3. Cover the bowl and let the mix sit at room temperature for 12 hours. The mustard seeds will absorb most of the liquid.
  4. Add the soaked seeds to a food processor and pulse for about a minute. The longer you pulse, the smoother your mustard will be. Only use the food processor for a short time if you want the seeds to be whole or pulse for 2 minutes to get a smoother mix.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse everything together well. 
  6. Pour the mustard into a glass jar and store in the fridge. Let the mustard sit for about a week before using. This will enhance the flavor.
  7. Store the mustard for up to six months. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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