What Are Some Spice Substitutions?

Some spice substitutions include cinnamon or nutmeg for allspice, fennel seed for aniseed, ginger for cardamom, saffron for turmeric, and chili powder for cumin. Cinnamon can be a substitute for allspice, cloves, ginger, mace and nutmeg.

For pumpkin pie spice, substitute 1/2 part of ground cinnamon, 1/4 part of ground ginger, 1/4 part of ground allspice and 1/8 part of ground nutmeg. For instance, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice requires 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger and allspice and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Similarly, use 1/2 part of ground cinnamon, 1/4 part of ground nutmeg, 1/8 part ground allspice and a dash of ground ginger or cloves instead of apple pie spice.

Substitute ground ginger with an equal amount of ground mace, nutmeg, allspice or cinnamon, and use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root. Mace, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon can be substituted for one another, but if substituting for cinnamon, use 1/4 the amount of either nutmeg or allspice.

Use a mixture of 1 teaspoon each of coriander and crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder for 1 tablespoon of Thai seasoning.