Celery seeds are small and slightly bitter seeds that are commonly used in sauerkraut, pickling, and in cold vegetable salads, like coleslaw and potato salad. These tiny seeds have a nice mild crunch and a strong flavor. Celery seed provides a strong and familiar celery flavor without the stringy, fibrous texture found in celery stalks. Ground celery seeds are a great spice to add to your sauces or dressings.
Substitute for Celery Seed
While celery seed gives dishes a unique flavor, crunch and freshness, there are other options you could use when you don’t have celery seeds on hand.
How to Substitute Fresh Celery for Celery Seeds
To substitute fresh celery in a recipe if you’re out of celery seeds you’ll want to use 2 tablespoons of minced celery tops for every ½ teaspoon of celery seeds called for in the recipe.
Common Celery Seed Substitution Questions
Celery Seed vs. Celery Salt
Celery salt makes a great substitute for celery seeds because it’s only made up of celery seeds and salt! If you decide to use celery salt instead of celery seeds in a recipe, you’ll want to reduce the amount of salt used elsewhere in the recipe.
What Can You Use in Place of Celery Seed?
Instead of using celery seed in a recipe try using fresh celery, celery salt, dill seeds, fennel seeds, or caraway seeds.
Is Coriander the Same as Celery Seed?
Coriander and celery seeds are in the same family but the taste is vastly different and therefore don’t normally make a good substitution for one another.
What is Celery Seed Used For?
Celery seed is great in salads, sauces, dressings and dry rubs. Celery seeds add a freshness and crunch to boost recipes.
Celery Seed Substitute in Coleslaw
In coleslaw, caraway seeds are an excellent substitute for celery seeds. Both spices give concentrated flavors that work well in coleslaw and potato or pasta salads.