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Are you looking for the best honey mustard substitute? Well, how about 5 amazing substitutes for honey mustard that actually work? Keep reading to see how you can use foods in your kitchen to replace honey mustard sauce in your favorite recipes.

honey mustard substitute


Honey mustard or honey mustard sauce has the classic mustard flavor with hints of sweetness from the honey. This sauce is creamy, sweet and tangy and so delicious. This sauce has many variations, but it is typically made with ingredients like mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, salt, paprika, turmeric and spices.

Honey mustard sauce is often used as a a salad dressing, dipping sauce for apples, vegetables, nuggets, chicken, fries and even pretzels. It is also used for wraps, tacos, burgers, barbecue, stir fries and even rice!

But, if you’re out of honey mustard, are there other ways to get the same or similar flavor with other sauces or combinations?

Thankfully there are. There are indeed some sauces and ingredient combinations that can help you achieve similar flavors to that of honey mustard sauce.

Keep reading to find out about the best honey mustard sauce substitutes below.

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Best honey mustard sauce substitute options

DIY Honey mustard

diy homemade honey mustard


One of the best substitutes for store-bought honey mustard is a homemade honey mustard sauce. To make it, you will need ¼ cup dijon mustard, ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup mayo, lemon juice, turmeric and paprika.

This recipe will be creamy, smooth, tangy and sweet and can be used in the same way that you use store bought honey mustard sauce. Substitute on a 1:1 ratio.

Date mustard sauce

Date mustard sauce


If you have all the other ingredients that are needed to make honey mustard sauce, but you have no honey, then dates can be used in place of it.

This substitute makes a sauce called date mustard sauce that is pretty good as a honey mustard replacement.  The sweetness of the dates help to balance out the other ingredients in the sauce. Substitute on a 1:1 ratio.

You can find a great recipe for date mustard sauce here. 

Vegan honey mustard sauce (with agave nectar)

Vegan honey mustard sauce


Another substitute for honey mustard is agave nectar mustard. As honey is not vegan, replacing it with agave nectar is a great way to make a vegan honey mustard sauce. This substitute can be used in the same way the one would use  regular honey mustard.

To make it use ¼ cup of avocado oil mayo, ¼ cup of agave nectar, ¼ cup of yellow mustard, paprika, and turmeric powder.

Maple mustard sauce

maple mustard


Maple mustard sauce can also be used as a substitute for honey mustard. Maple mustard is easy to make as you only need 4 to 5 ingredients and this sauce can be used in pretty much the same way as honey mustard sauce.  

Maple mustard sauce is just as delicious and creamy as honey mustard and it can be used as a dipping sauce for fries, pretzels, burgers, sandwiches and more on a 1:1 ratio.

Brown sugar mustard sauce

brown sugar mustard


Brown sugar seems unlikely, but you can also make a homemade brown sugar mustard as a substitute for honey mustard.

To make it, make sure to first turn the sugar into a simple syrup then use this simple syrup like you would use honey to make a sweet, tangy sauce.

A good recipe is  ¼ cup of mayo, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, ¼ cup of yellow mustard, paprika, and turmeric powder.

Final thoughts

There you have it! 5 simple ways to replace honey mustard with ingredients that you may have in your home. This list outlines 5 easy ways to make your own honey mustard sauce even though you may not have honey with common ingredients that are easily to find in your kitchen!

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