Spice Hacks: Best Onion Powder Substitute?

Onion powder is made with dehydrated and ground onion. This spice is also a common ingredient in many seasoned salts and spice mixes. It can be commercially prepared or can be homemade. Onion powder is an excellent alternative to its fresh counterpart as it has a longer shelf life and offers the same great flavor in a small pinch. This flavor is important to hundreds of recipes so keeping this spice on hand is definitely something you should consider. 


Onion Powder Substitutes


Dehydrated Onion Flakes


Dehydrated Onion Flakes and Onion Powder is basically the same thing. There is no difference in flavor, only the size of the granules. Like onion powder, onion flakes are dry, which means that it won’t add extra moisture to your dish. When using flakes, use as is or you can blitz them up in a food bullet or processor to make them have an even closer consistency as onion powder.


Finely Grated Fresh Onion


Fresh onions turn into a paste when finely grated and will add flavor to any recipe without additional bulk. This is a good substitute in many recipes, but not for recipes that can’t take additional moisture. Onions are around 85% water but when in powder form, it’s dehydrated to about 4%, which means you will need to make adjustments to the liquid content of the recipe you’ll use it for.


Onion Salt


Onion salt is a combination of onion powder and salt, which makes it a great substitute for onion powder. It won’t add any additional moisture to your recipes, but the downside is there is an addition of salt. Most blends have a 1:1 ratio of onion powder and salt. Make sure to compensate by greatly reducing the salt content of the recipe.

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