Spice Substitutions

Run out of a spice? No problem — try a substitution suggested bespice cookinglow.


Spice Unit SubstitutionsEquivalent
Allspice1 teaspoon, ground1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger OR
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves OR
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 whole allspice berries = 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Aniseed1 teaspoon1 teaspoon fennel seed
Apple Pie Spice 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ginger + 1/8 teaspoon allspice +
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg OR
1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Arrowroot1 tablespoon2 tablespoon all-purpose flour OR
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Basil 1 teaspoon1 teaspoon Oregano or thyme
Bay Leaf1 whole1/4 teaspoon crushed bay leaf OR
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Cardamom1 teaspoon1 teaspoon ginger OR
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Celery Seed1 teaspoon1 teaspoon dill seed
Chili Power (hot)1 tablespoon2 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Chinese Five Spice1 teaspoonChinese Five Spice powder
Cinnamon1 teaspoon1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
Cinnamon Sugar1 cup7/8 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Cloves1 teaspoon whole 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground 1 teaspoon ground allspice
CuminChili powder
Curry Powder1 tablespoon1/2 teaspoon cardamom + 1/2 teaspoon
cayenne + 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed +
1/2 teaspoon cumin + 1/2 teaspoon ginger +
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Fennel seed1 teaspoon1 teaspoon caraway seeds
Garlic 1 clove fresh1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder OR
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
Ginger1 tablespoonAllspice, cinnamon, mace, or nutmeg OR
1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger
Ginger root (grated fresh) 1/2 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
MaceAllspice, cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg
Marjoram Basil, thyme, or savory
Mint1 tablespoon, dried1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Basil, marjoram, or rosemary
Mustard seed1 teaspoon1 tablespoon prepared mustard
NutmegCinnamon, ginger, or mace
Onion powder1 teaspoon1 tablespoon onion flakes OR
1/3 cup fresh onion, chopped
OreganoThyme, basil, or marjoram
Parsley, fresh, chopped 1 tablespoon1 teaspoon parsley flakes
Pepper flakes, hot1 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Poultry Seasoning1 teaspoon3/4 teaspoon sage, 1/4 ground thyme
Pumpkin Pie Spice1 teaspoonPumpkin Pie Spice
RosemaryThyme, tarragon, or savory
TarragonChervil, dash fennel seed, or dash aniseed
Thyme Basil, marjoram, oregano, or savory
Tumeric 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon dry mustard