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Herb and Spice Substitutions

Updated on April 13, 2013
Beautiful collection of Herbs and Spices
Beautiful collection of Herbs and Spices | Source

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Have you ever been in the middle of following a recipe only to find out that a particular spice you need is not in your cabinet? What do you do? Do you stop, run to the store and purchase the missing herb or spice? Or do you junk the whole thing because the spice or herb is an important part of the dish?

Don't be so hasty. There are ways of using what you have in the cabinet to save that dish. There are substitutes that stand alone or can be blended with other herbs and spices to save the day. I have gathered herbs and spices and their substitutes together so that you will have a list to help you next time you come up short. I hope you find it useful, it certainly has saved the day for me many times. Happy Cooking!

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A - C Spices and Herbs

Spices and Herbs 
Amount 
Substitute 
allspice
1 tsp
1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground cloves
 aniseed
1tsp 
1 tsp fennel seed 
apple pie seasoning 
1 tsp 
1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg 
 basil
1 tsp  
1 tsp oregano or 1 tsp thyme 
cardomon
1 tsp
1 tsp ginger or 1 tsp cinnamon
cayenne
1/8 tsp
4 drops tobasco sauce
celery salt
1 tsp
3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp crushed celery seed
chili powder, hot
1 tsp
1 tsp regular chili powder and 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
Chinese five spice
1 tsp
1/4 tsp each: crushed anise seed, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground ginger
cilantro
1 tsp
1 tsp parsley
cinnamon
1 tsp
1/4 tsp allspice or 1/4 tsp nutmeg
cloves
1 tsp
1tsp allspice or 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp nutmeg

F - O Herbs and Spices

Herbs and Spices 
Amount 
Substitutions 
five spice powder 
5 tsp 
1 tsp ground anise, 1 tsp ground fennel, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp pepper 
ginger 
1 tsp 
1 tsp allspice or 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp mace or 1 tsp nutmeg 
Italian seasoning 
2 tbsp 
1 tsp each: basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, sage, and thyme 
mace
1 tsp
1 tsp allspice or 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp ginger or 1 tsp nutmeg
marjoram
1 tsp
1 tsp basil or 1 tsp thyme or 1 tsp savory
mint
1tsp
1 tsp basil or 1 tsp marjoram or 1 tsp rosemary
nutmeg
1 tsp
1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp ginger or 1 tsp mace
oregano
1tsp
1 tsp thyme or 1 tsp basil

P - T Herbs and Spices

Herbs and Spices 
Amount 
Substitutions 
parsley 
1 tsp 
1 tsp chervil or 1 tsp cilantro 
poultry seasoning 
1 tsp 
3/4 tsp sage and 1/4 tsp thyme 
pumpkin pie spice 
1 tsp 
1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp allspice and 1/8 tsp nutmeg 
rosemary
1 tsp
1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp tarragon or 1 tsp savory
sage
1 tsp
1 tsp poultry seasoning, 1 tsp savory, 1 tsp marjoram, or 1tsp rosemary
savory
1 tsp
1 tsp thyme, 1tsp marjoram, or 1 tsp sage
tarragon
1 tsp
1 tsp chervil or 1 tsp fennel seed or 1 tsp aniseed
tumeric
1 tsp
1 tsp dry mustard
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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Efficient Admin, I can't tell you how handy this list has been for me. I seem to be always forgetting to pick up some of the spices I need.

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      Efficient Admin 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Great list - this will come in very handy and I will bookmark and print. Thanks for sharing.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Joelipoo, definately substitute for rosemary. There are a few spice and heerbs that I need to substitute. It really works quite well.

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      Joel 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      A very interesting hub. There is definitely some useful information here. I am allergic to rosemary, so maybe I should try the substitute for it because generally I have to avoid anything with rosemary in it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fluffy, it's nice to hear from you. I'm glad to provide useable information.

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      Fluffy77 

      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Another one, I know will come in handy. Thanks again, I'm bookmarking this.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      elayne, thanks for visiting. It's always nice to know substitutes for items that you may not have on hand. It sounds like you have a good selection of herbs in your herb garden.

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      Elayne 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I found this hub very useful since it is hard to always have the spices you need. I am growing thyme, basil, rosemary, mint and a few other herbs in my square foot garden. Thanks.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks TheListLady. This hub actually came into being because I needed the information. I was tired of throwing away food, it starting getting expensive. I appreciate you visiting and thanks for the kind remarks.

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      TheListLady 

      8 years ago from New York City

      This is so clever and so useful. It seems I always have one or the other but not all of these or all of that. I will definitely book mark this. Rate up. Thanks a lot!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for the advice McKBrew. I get such differing advice that it's sometimes hard to know which to follow. You certainly have a point, too much advertising can be distracting.

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      McKBrew 

      8 years ago from Washington State

      I like the content of this hub but the multitude of ads interspersed is a distraction. Consider cutting down the number of link boxes to one or two at the end of the hub and letting those control the traffic to your Amazon site.

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