Allspice is a unique aromatic berry with origins in Jamaica. The taste resembles a blend of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg - giving its encompassing name. Allspice’s warm flavor is often found in barbeque sauces and jerk seasoning as well as baked goods like gingerbread and apple pie.
Substitutes for Allspice include using a combination of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon as well as similar spice blends such as pumpkin pie spice (with some added pepper to achieve the savory notes of allspice) or apple pie spice.
Not only is allspice great in baked goods like Sweet Potato Pie it’s also great on meat, like in this Bavarian Pot Roast, and in drinks like this Allspice Bourbon. When you don’t have any allspice on hand, feel free to use one of these replacements interchangeably to get the same warm and full of spice flavor.
Homemade Allspice Recipe:
A simple combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg produces a mix very similar to ground allspice. Learn how to make your own here.
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Cloves
Combine cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves thoroughly in a small mixing bowl. Use as a 1:1 substitute for 1 tsp of allspice.
Common Allspice Substitution Questions
Although allspice tastes like a combination of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s actually composed of just one Jamaican berry that encompasses all of these flavors.
What is Allspice Also Known As?
Allspice is also commonly referred to as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, and pimento.
What are the Ingredients in Allspice?
To create a similar flavor to allspice berry, you can use 2 parts cinnamon to 1 part clove and 1 part nutmeg.