Homemade Dijon Mustard

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!

homemade dijon mustard recipe

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.

homemade dijon mustard recipe

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.

homemade dijon mustard recipe
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Homemade Dijon Mustard

How to make Dijon mustard from scratch the quick and easy way. Made with mustard seeds, garlic powder, onion, and white wine vinegar. There's plenty of punch in this homemade condiment!
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine French
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting 2 days
Total Time 2 days 30 minutes


  • 1 cup whole yellow mustard seeds
  • ¼ cup dry mustard
  • 1 ½ cups white wine
  • cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water or more as needed
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Combine the white wine, white wine vinegar, garlic and water in a saucepan, and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature before straining into a bowl.
  • Stir in the dry mustard, mustard seeds, salt and garlic powder into the strained liquid, before covering and letting it thicken for 1-2 days.
  • Puree the mix with an immersion blender until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Transfer the mix to a saucepan and add a little more water and bring it to a simmer. Combine while simmering for about 10 minutes.
  • Pack the mustard into your choice of jars, allowing about half an inch room at the top. Aim to remove any extra air bubbles from the inside of the jars, using a spoon or knife. Apply the tops of the jars and leave in the refrigerator for about one week. This will let all the flavors blend.