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Spice Substitutes


While there is no true replacement for the flavor of that certain spice in a certain recipe, we understand that you might find yourself without said spice at the worst possible moment. That’s why we created our spice substitution guide. If you do not find the specific substitution you are seeking below, email us at, and a real spice expert will reply to you promptly.


Aleppo Pepper Substitute

Aleppo pepper gives a somewhat sweet and moderately hot flavor to dishes. Aleppo is a type of pepper that has a similar flavor to ancho peppers, however Aleppo has a slight cumin flavor with a hint of salt and vinegar flavor.

Out of Aleppo pepper? Read our Aleppo pepper substitutes here!


Allspice Substitute

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 barbecue sauces and jerk seasoning as well as baked goods like gingerbread and apple pie.

Out of allspice? Read our allspice substitutes here!


Basil Substitute

Basil is an aromatic herb that has a subtle, sweet flavor profile. Basil also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and has been used medicinally in many cultures. In the culinary world, basil is a popular choice to add a sweet, herbal aroma to your dish

Out of Basil? Read our basil substitutes here!


Caraway Seeds Substitute

Caraway seeds have a somewhat nutty and bittersweet sharpness, with a touch of citrus and pepper, creating a unique combination of flavors. Caraway seeds are high in natural essential oils, which also contributes to the unique flavor profile.

Out of caraway seeds? Read our caraway seeds substitutes here!


Chili Powder Substitute

Chili powder is a rich, bittersweet blend of ground chiles and other spice ingredients such as paprika, cumin, garlic, oregano, and more. It is a star ingredient in many Tex-Mex recipes and in barbecue meat rubs.

Out of chili powder? Read our chili powder substitutes here!


Chives Substitute

Chives are a bright green herb with a subtle onion-like flavor. In fact, they are in the same family as onion, leeks, and garlic. Primarily used for garnishing, chives can also be used in sauces and broths.

Out of chives? Read our chives substitutes here!


Cilantro Substitute

Cilantro is the versatile leaf of the coriander plant which is a member of the parsley family. The taste is bright, fresh and citrusy. Originally from the middle east, cilantro is now used worldwide. It is a main ingredient in guacamole, asian soups, and ful medames.

Out of cilantro? Read our cilantro substitutes here!


Cinnamon Substitute

Cinnamon is a fragrant spice that is derived from the inner bark of a Cinnamomum tree and can be purchased in quills, sticks, or freshly ground powder. Cinnamon can lend both a sweet and savory element to dishes worldwide from cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodles to Moroccan chicken and Mexican Mole sauce.

Out of cinnamon? Read our cinnamon substitutes here!


Coriander Substitute

There are multiple types of coriander, at The Spice House we carry Indian Coriander Seeds, Moroccan Coriander Seeds, and Ground Moroccan Coriander Seeds. Each type of coriander has a different flavor and is best used in different dishes.

Out of coriander? Read our coriander substitutes here!


Cream of Tartar Substitute

Cream of tartar is a mystery ingredient to many people, and despite its name, is not actually creamy at all. Cream of tartar is a dry, powdery substance and is a byproduct from fermenting grapes that are being turned into wine.

Out of cream of tartar? Read our cream of tartar substitutes here!


Dill Weed Substitute

Dill weed has a unique flavor that has an earthy and almost grassy essence. It is a very fragrant herb without any heat and adds a great flavor to Middle Eastern and North African dishes. Dill is very popular to see in yogurt sauces, potato salads, and even baked breads and crackers.

Out of dill weed? Read our dill weed substitutes here!


Fennel Substitute

Fennel is a fragrant sweet seed with a taste similar to anise. The seed can be found in biscotti, Kashmiri dishes, as well as in sausages - its uses are many. It blends well with seafood, pork and tomatoes.

Out of fennel? Read our fennel substitutes here!


Marjoram Substitute

Marjoram is a delicate, citrusy, and piney-tasting herb closely related to Oregano. It can be found in blends such as herbs de provence as well as za’atar. Dishes that showcase marjoram include chicken cacciatore as well as goulash.

Out of marjoram? Read our marjoram substitutes here!


Nutmeg Substitute

Nutmeg is an intense and fragrant spice often found in baked goods and custards. You can find ground or whole nutmeg for a fresher even more intense spice. Nutmeg is frequently featured in stews, macaroni and cheese, and curries.

Out of nutmeg? Read our nutmeg substitutes here!


Onion Powder Substitute

Often used in savory dishes, onion powder has the added benefit of tear-free cooking. It comes in many forms from toasted onion powder to dehydrated chopped onions depending on the needs of your dish.

Out of onion powder? Read our onion powder substitutes here!


Oregano Substitute

Oregano is native to the Mediterranean and a member of the mint family. Oregano has flavorful notes of mint and lemon. This bright astringency balances dishes by countering the rich flavors of meat and beans.

Out of oregano? Read our oregano substitutes here!


Paprika Substitute

Paprika is a vibrant spice that can have earthy, sweet, smokey and fiery flavor depending on the variety used. Paprika is a key spice ingredient in stuffed bell peppers, deviled eggs, chorizo, and traditional Spanish rice.

Out of paprika? Read our paprika substitutes here!


Sumac Substitute

Sumac is a unique spice in the cashew family with origins in the Middle East. The dark red berry has a bright, tart lemony flavor profile. A mainstay in Mediterranean dishes such as hummus and kebabs - sumac can also be delicious on fish and popcorn.

Out of sumac? Read our sumac substitutes here!


Thyme Substitute

Thyme is a pungent warm, woody spice related to mint and oregano. One of the oldest culinary herbs, it is a key ingredient in many Mediterranean and French cuisines. In fact there is some flavor nuance to the sweeter softer French thyme compared to heartier Mediterranean thyme.

Out of thyme? Read our thyme substitutes here!


Vanilla Extract Substitutes

Vanilla extract is a fragrant, floral flavor often used in baking. White cakes, custards and frosting often lean on the abundance of flavor vanilla provides. Vanilla can also be an ingredient that runs out and if used rarely, quick substitutes are helpful to have on hand.

Out of vanilla extract? Read our vanilla extract substitutes here!

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