Learn how to make Dijon mustard from scratch with our quick and easy recipe. Made with mustard seeds, garlic powder, onion and more, there’s plenty of punch in this homemade condiment!
If you find that store-bought mustards are either too weak or too strong for your own tastes, then why not try making your own? This homemade dijon mustard recipe is a great starting point for making more condiments, like ketchup or sriracha.
The great thing about sauce and condiment recipes like this is that you tweak them in line with your personal preferences. For this mustard recipe, you can make it as mild or strong as you like by tweaking the amount of mustard seed you add.
That said, this recipe should create a good ‘base level’ solution for most people. If you would like it to be sweeter, add a tablespoon of honey.
What is Dijon mustard?
Dijon mustard is originally from the town of Dijon, found in Burgundy in central France. While not the only type of mustard from France, it’s perhaps the most popular and has a lot of admirers abroad.
The two key ingredients are white wine vinegar and unrefined brown-mustard seed, which both give the condiment its unique flavor.
What does Dijon mustard taste like?
Dijon mustard has a sharp and tangy flavor with a touch of spice. This means that it’s often stronger than more mild equivalents, such as wholegrain or Bavarian mustard. This strong taste means that it can only be enjoyed in moderation, but it makes it perfect as a sandwich filling, or as an ingredient in a salad vinaigrette. It’s also used to make Dijonnaise, which is a simple blend of mayonnaise and Dijon.
If you’ve ever had wasabi paste, the taste in Dijon is not too dissimilar. In fact, wasabi can often be used as a good mustard substitute for this reason.
The core ingredients in traditional Dijon mustard are white wine vinegar, stone-ground or coarse-ground mustard seed, salt, and a large amount of dry white wine.
For our recipe, we’ll be making up for the shorter fermenting period by adding onion, garlic powder, and dry mustard. All of these combine to give the sauce a bit more kick.
This recipe is easy but it is demanding on time. Active cooking or prep time is only about 30 – 40 minutes in total, however it will need two days to rest in your refrigerator to allow the ingredients to blend and rise to that iconic Dijon taste.