Cornstarch is a powder made from corn that's widely used in cooking and baking. If you're out, don't worry — here are 11 substitutes for cornstarch.
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When a recipe uses cornstarch in this way, you can often substitute one of xanthan gum, pectin, agar, or gelatin. Cornstarch can be applied to wet items, drying them off so that batter will stick. This is commonly done for deep-fat frying. When a recipe uses cornstarch in this way, you can often substitute flour or cornmeal.
Available in liquid or powder forms, the pectin is natural, safe, and reliable. However, the products add to the expense of making jam, and aren't always readily available in stores. Try an old-fashioned substitute for commercial pectin or consider other alternatives like gelatin and cornstarch.
Agar, a gelling agent refined from seaweed, is used more often to create solid gels like those made from gelatin. However, both thickeners are plant-based and vegetarian friendly, and you can easily substitute cornstarch for agar in any liquid you want to thicken.
Cornstarch is the most common thickener used in custards, puddings and pie fillings; it's inexpensive, reliable and produces a thick, stable product. The two best substitutes for cornstarch for these types of desserts are arrowroot and tapioca, two thickeners that are made from roots.
Arrowroot, on the other hand, makes a beautifully shiny sauce and may be substituted in an equal or slightly greater amount, but will need to be cooked a little longer than cornstarch. For other substitutes like potato flakes or granules, tapioca and rice starch, 2 teaspoons will likely thicken about as much as 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
These substitutes are intended to replace the tapioca in pie fillings, cobblers, and similar dishes. Do not use them as a substitute for the tapioca in tapioca pudding, bubble tea or any other recipe that calls for pearl tapioca. They won't give you the desired consistency.
In the early stage of cooking, the water is held rather "loosely" by the corn starch granules, and when the mixture cools, the water simply runs out. It's simple to stop weeping. Just be sure to bring the corn starch mixture to a full boil over medium heat and, stirring constantly, boil for 1 minute.