Horseradish Substitute: 4 Great Ingredients You Can Use For Your Recipe

Originally from Eastern Europe, horseradish is one of the most popular condiments amongst food lovers and those who enjoy a bit of spice.

This versatile aquatic plant can be enjoyed chopped, teared up, grated or mixed into sauces, which explains its popularity amongst the most adventurous foodies.

However, despite its fame, horseradish isn’t the kind of condiment most people have in their kitchen nor is a condiment that you can easily find.

If you’re planning on cooking a delicious recipe but you don’t have horseradish and you can’t buy / don’t know where to buy it, don’t worry, not everything is lost.

Today we bring to you this list of 4 horseradish substitutes you can use for your recipe.


Horseradish Substitute: 4 Great Ingredients You Can Use

1. Wasabi

Horseradish Substitute - wasabi

Wasabi is a wonderful horseradish substitute thanks to the fact that the wasabi we’re familiar with is actually just horseradish with a dash of green colorant.

Disappointing for wasabi lovers, sure, but a blessing for you if you’re looking for a quick and easy substitute for horseradish paste.

You’ll be able to find wasabi in your local supermarket or local Asian supermarket. However, if you’re visiting the later make sure you’re buying the American version of wasabi, as the original Japanese one has other ingredients.

If you want to make wasabi at home, see below video or read the instructions at:​.

Wasabi tends to be milder than horseradish, so don’t feel afraid to use a little more than the recipe calls for.

2. Mustard

Horseradish Substitute - Mustard

This one’s a little trickier, as there are many types of mustard out there.

Avoid sweet and mild mustards and aim for the spicy ones. The spiciest the better.

This substitute for horseradish will change the flavor intended by the original recipe, but it’s a good replacement if what you’re interested is the spiciness.

For better results try selecting your mustard based on how the horseradish was going to be used:

  • ​Horseradish sauce can be replaced my mustard sauce.
  • Ground horseradish can be replaced by ground mustard, particularly stone ground.
  • Freshly grated horseradish can be replaced by freshly ground mustard seeds.

If you’re not sure about the textures, no worries, simply stick to the spiciest mustard sauce you can find and you’ll be good to go.

I'd like to share with you an easy and delicious homemade honey mustard recipe:

3. Ginger

Horseradish Substitute - ginger

If you don’t care all that much about the spiciness and instead you’re looking for something that comes close in taste, then ginger is your second best choice.

Your best bet is fresh ginger, which has the strongest flavor. If you can’t find fresh ginger then go ahead and use either ginger oil or ground ginger.

Remember, ginger is sweeter and has a milder flavor so you’ll have to use more than the recipe calls for.

Try starting with the same amount as the recipe asks for, doing a taste test and adding more ginger if you think it’s appropriate.

Repeat as needed.

4. Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish Substitute - Horseradish Sauce

Yeah, this one is cheating, but what can we say? If you can’t get exactly what you want, get the closest thing.

Horseradish sauce isn’t fresh horseradish and won’t look nearly as good on your dish, but it’s easier to find that horseradish sauce and it tastes pretty much the same.

See below video if you don't know how to make ​horseradish sauce:


If you’re a big fan of horseradish and want to add it to practically all your foods, then consider buying it in bulk.

Properly stored, fresh horseradish roots can last for many months, which means that you can buy a whole bunch of them and keep them around so you never run out of horseradish.

Just remember that once you cut into them they start losing their flavor so eat them as fast as you can.

Did you enjoy our article? Do you know any other horseradish substitutes we should know about?

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Emma Claire

I’m Emma, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of 3 kids, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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