A List of Dijon Mustard Substitute to Turn Down the Heat (or Heat it Up More)

Mustard is a very popular condiment. In America, a variation of the mustard known as yellow mustard is widely used as a condiment for hot dogs and sandwiches. Aside from the yellow mustard, there is another popular variation which is called the Dijon mustard. Though many people use the Dijon, still there are people who do not like it and are in a constant search for a Dijon mustard substitute.

I will explain in this article everything about the Dijon, why not everyone likes it, and what the best alternatives for Dijon mustard are.

The mustard

The explanation about Dijon mustard will not be complete without a bit of introduction about the mustard where it is derived.

The mustard is a condiment that basically comes from crushed mustard seeds. The two commonly used mustard seeds are the yellow or white and the brown mustard seeds.

The powdered seeds are mixed with almost anything – water, vinegar, wine, other spices and flavorings – so that in can become the popular condiment that you know of today. The different varieties of the mustard are determined by the things you mixed on it.

Here is an interesting and short video on how to make mustard.

There is no definite story of how the condiment was discovered. Most of the countries that use mustard have their own stories of how the mustard came to be. Even the name “mustard” has different stories of why it came to be called as mustard. One thing that most mustards fans can agree though is that it is a very delightful condiment.

No hot dog in America is complete without a yellow streak of yellow mustard. Every variation of mustard has different flavors, but all of them will be flavorful and spicy.

Depending on the origin, the spice could be mild or extremely hot. The choice of seeds will determine the hotness of mustard. Yellow or white is mildly hot, and the really hot mustards are derived from the brown or black seeds.

Dijon mustard uncovered

The Dijon mustard is mustard variation whose origins can trace back to a city in France called Dijon.

Dijon is the head city in the Burgundy region of France located in the eastern part of the nation. The Burgundy region is a very popular winemaking region and is relatively known in the culinary world.

In 1865, Jean Naigeon, perhaps drunk by consuming too much Burgundy wine, experimented with the common mustard recipe. In his experiment, he added verjuice, a juice made of inadequately ripe grapes, and thus the Dijon mustard is born. In modern times, the Burgundy wine, particularly the white wine is used to make a Dijon.

In rear perspective, original Dijon mustard should have been designated as a product of Dijon, France, like authentic Champagne should be from Champagne, France or feta cheese is called feta if it is made from Greece. But since there are no laws that cover the use of the Dijon name, any country or any individual for that matter can rightfully claim their mustard, using Jean Naigeon’s preparation, like Dijon mustard.

If you are interested in making your own Dijon-style mustard, then this video will be a good start.

Dijon mustard’s effect to health

Mustard has some nutritional value despite being a condiment.

  • It has a low calorie and cholesterol content.
  • It is rich in protein and minerals. Niacin, Potassium, magnesium, and calcium are present in one teaspoon of mustard.
  • It has a relatively high salt content at 150 milligrams per teaspoon.

However, as a whole though, the nutritional value of the Dijon mustard is not enough to tip the scale.

Most people are looking for Dijon mustard not really because of its health risks (though at some extent its sodium content is high) but it’s because of the taste.

Dijon mustard substitutes

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It is now time that I share with you the list of Dijon alternatives. If you are someone who is averse with the shaper spice and flavor, then these substitutes will be perfect for you.


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Right off the bat, the yellow mustard is one of the best, if not the perfect substitute for Dijon. The American mustard is perfect as it is similar with Dijon is taste and texture. The main difference between the two is that the yellow mustard is milder in taste and flavor.


Honey mustard is another substitute for Dijon that you will certainly love. By using honey mustard, you are exchanging spice with something sweet. In effect, you will have a very tasty combination of spice and sweet. You can make your own honey mustard, or you can simply buy commercial products available in condiments stores.


If you are in for more spice but dislike the sour side of Dijon, then the spicy brown mustard will be great. Being derived from brown seeds, you are assured of fiery mustard in terms of spiciness. Its strong flavor is especially good for deli recipes. The texture of spicy brown mustard is a lot coarser though than the yellow and Dijon custards.


Another spicy alternative is the wasabi.

It is mainly used by sushi chefs as condiments for sushi. However, since it can go toe-to-toe with the Dijon in terms of hotness, then it becomes a good substitute. However, don’t try to substitute Dijon with wasabi serving for serving. The wasabi packs a lot of heat.

If you think you can handle a certain amount of Dijon and replace it with the same amount of wasabi, then you are totally wrong, you will get your mouth burned by doing so.


There is no better alternative to Dijon than to make less intense in spice. You can only achieve that by making your own. To make your own Dijon mustard you will need a few things. You will, of course, need some mustard seeds but use the yellow ones as they are milder in taste. You will need water, onion powder, dry mustard, white wine and some rice vinegar.

The secret to making the spice milder and bearable is to add some flour to the recipe. You also have the option to add a bit of sugar. Don’t add to much sugar to so as not to fully alter its taste.

Final Verdict

Dijon mustard is a great compliment. However, the choice for mustards really depends on your preference. If you prefer something sweet or spicier, then you have a lot of option to choose. Whether it is homemade or a commercial product you can certainly enjoy Dijon and other mustard variations in different ways.

Did you enjoy this article? Do you have other substitutes in mind? Please share it by leaving a comment. Don’t forget to share this article to your friend who might be looking for Dijon mustard alternatives.

Try out these alternatives and share your thought on what is the perfect substitute for Dijon mustard.

Tiffany Watts

I'm a writer, a mother of two lovely little girls. I love cooking, reading, blogging, and spending time with my family. Follow me on Twitter.

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