What’s A Good Horseradish Substitute?

Horseradish – especially fresh horseradish – is a favorite condiment among foodies, especially those that love a little spice in their life. But what’s a person to do if the fresh stuff has run out in the kitchen? There are plenty of other condiments that can easily take over as a horseradish substitute for a day or two until you get a chance to head to the grocery store. Take a look at four of your best options below.

Wasabi paste

Wasabi can make an excellent substitute for horseradish because the main ingredients of the wasabi we know (outside of Japan) is often horseradish and a green food dye.

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You can pick up wasabi paste at your local grocery store. If they don’t carry it, head over to the nearest Asian supermarket and pick up a big bottle of the green stuff. The spice and flavor might not be as strong as horseradish itself, so you might need to use a little bit more wasabi for your cooking than you normally would.


While ginger has a slightly more sweet taste to it, horseradish addicts will still find it useful if all else fails.

Try to use fresh ginger if possible. If you don’t have fresh ginger, try using ginger oil and ground ginger instead. You’ll probably have to add an additional amount of ginger than you’re used to if you want to achieve that spicy horseradish flavor.


There are at least a dozen different types of mustard available in local grocery stores. To get the best horseradish substitute flavor, buy the spiciest brand you can find.

When you add spicy mustard to the mix, the taste will be a bit different, but you’ll still be able to enjoy a flavorful kick with your meal. For best results, and so that the flavor can be spread throughout your dish, use mustard sauce instead of mustard seeds that you have to ground.[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00430B1VK” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”fieryflavors-20″]

Actual Horseradish Sauce

Okay so it might not be fresh, chopped horseradish, but horseradish sauce is easily obtainable at any grocery store and both are nearly identical in taste. To avoid having a horseradish shortage in the future, stock up on horseradish sauce during your next trip to the grocery store.

If you’re a horseradish fanatic, living without this white, spicy root is nearly impossible. Avoid these problems in the future by always keeping track of your horseradish supply and buy multiple roots at once when you head to the grocery store. Or try growing them yourself to have a supply always ready at hand.