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Are you looking for common ways to substitute for ingredients? If you are, then you’re in the right place. Here, we’re sharing 47 common cooking ingredients and substitutes for each.

substitute for ingredients

Plus, the easy to download printable chart that outlines all the common and not so common cooking substitutes that you can frame and display in your kitchen for style and connivence. You can click the image to download it or keep reading if this information sounds good to you.

substitute for ingredients

When it comes to cooking, it is so easy to run out of important ingredients without noticing. If you’re not out of eggs, then it’s heavy cream, or milk or god forbid sugar. With this list or the very handy Digital Ingredient Substitution Printable (With 47 Emergency Substitutes), we’ve compressed all of this useful information into a printable form that you can display in your kitchen as well as a simple table that you can bookmark for quick access.

Best Substitutes For Ingredients




Milk1 cup½ cup evaporated milk + ½ cup water
Heavy cream1 cup⅔ cup whole milk + ⅓ cup melted butter
Buttermilk1 cup1 cup milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
Sour cream1 cup1 cup greek yogurt
Half and half1 cup½ cup milk + ½ cup heavy cream
Mayo1 cup1 cup sour cream
Butter1 cup1 cup applesauce, 1 cup mashed avocado or 1 cup vegetable oil
Shortening1 tbsp1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp coconut oil or 1 tbsp margarine
Soy sauce1 tbsp1 tbsp tamari, 1 tbsp liquid aminos or 1 tbsp fish sauce
Red wine1 cup1 cup red wine vinegar
White wine1 cup1 cup white wine vinegar
All purpose flour1 cup1 cup cake flour, 1 cup pastry flour or 1 cup bread flour
Self-rising flour1 cup1 cup all purpose + 2 tsp baking powder + ½ tsp salt
Sugar1 cup¾ tsp stevia powder, 1 cup coconut sugar or 1 cup honey
Brown sugar1 cup1 cup granulated white sugar or 1 cup coconut sugar
Honey1 tbsp1 tbsp corn syrup or 1 tbsp agave nectar
Sea salt1 tsp1 tsp kosher salt or 1 tsp table salt
Black pepper1 tsp1 tsp white pepper or 1 tsp papaya seeds
Baking soda1 tsp1 tbsp baking powder
Baking powder1 tsp¼ tsp baking soda + ½ tsp cream of tartar
Vegetable oil (for baking)1 cup1 cup applesauce, 1 cup mashed banana or 1 cup butter
Vegetable oil (for cooking)1 tbsp1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp mayo
Eggs1 whole2 tbsp powdered egg or 1 tbsp flaxseed soaked in 3 tbsp water
Corn syrup1 cup1 cup golden syrup or 1 cup agave nectar
Maple syrup1 cup1 cup honey or 1 cup brown sugar syrup
Vanilla extract1 tsp1 tsp of vanilla paste or 1 tsp almond extract
White vinegar1 tbsp1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
Red wine vinegar1 tbsp1 ½ tsp red wine + 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
White wine vinegar1 tbsp1 ½ tsp white wine + 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
Balsamic vinegar1 tbsp1 tbsp ACV + ½ tsp sugar
Apple cider vinegar1 tbsp1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
Beer1 cup1 cup ginger ale, 1 cup root beer or 1 cup broth
Semi sweet chocolate1 oz1 oz unsweetened chocolate + 1 tbsp sugar
Unsweetened chocolate1 oz3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa + 1 tbsp shortening, melted
Cocoa powder (cocoa)½ cup2 oz unsweetened chocolate
Ketchup1 cup5 oz tomato paste + 1 tbsp vinegar + 1 tbsp sugar + ½ tsp salt
Mustard¼ cup¼ cup mayo
Bread crumbs1 cup1 cup pulverized oats or 1 cup crushed cornflakes
Parmesan cheese1 cup, grated1 cup grated Romano cheese or 1 cup grated Asiago cheese
Shredded cheddar1 cup1 cup shredded American cheese or 1 cup Colby cheese
Garlic1 clove½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp garlic flakes or 1 tsp granulated garlic
Ginger1 tbsp, minced¾ tsp ginger powder
Broth1 cup
1 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock, or 1 tsp chicken bullion granules + 1 cup hot water
Lemon juice1 tbsp1 tbsp lime juice or 1 tbsp vinegar
Yogurt½ cup½ cup sour cream
Yeast1 tsp1 tsp baking powder or ½ cup sourdough starter

This table outlining the easy ways to substitute for ingredients is quite helpful as it gives you quick access to over 40 food substitutes for common ingredients. However, for even more convenience, consider gifting yourself the printable version of this table which you can print, frame and display in your kitchen so you never have to worry about finding good substitutes again!

Click the image below to get the printable sheet, then download it and print it and start using it whenever you cook!

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