5 Incredible Ground Coriander Substitutes

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Ground coriander substitutes are quite easy to find, given the many spices that share some of the same aromatic compounds. There are a number of great coriander substitutes that can help save your dish if you run out of this popular spice.

Ground Coriander Substitutes

Coriander is a fragrant leafy herb that features prominently in both Asian and South American dishes. In the United States, it is called cilantro. Ground coriander is made from the small, round white seeds of the coriander plant. It is popularly used in curries and stews and is also featured in Mexican and Central American cooking.

Coriander has a mild, nutty, warm flavor, with notes of lemon and is usually easy to find at your local grocer. But if you find yourself needing it right away, there are some other options in your spice rack that will work just as well. These include caraway seeds, cumin, oregano, garam masala, and curry powder among others.

Coriander powder in a wooden spatula next to a bowl of coriander seeds

Sprinkling a pinch of coriander powder is enough for curries to give its characteristic flavor. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Caraway Seeds

Caraway seeds are the best spice to substitute for coriander, as they are closely related. Caraway seeds have a warm anise flavor and are very aromatic. They can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio with coriander.

Cumin

Cumin is a common spice that will work in place of ground coriander. It has the same earthiness and warmth but without the fresh top notes of coriander. It is, however, a bit stronger than ground coriander, and can overpower a dish’s flavor quite easily. Use three-quarters of the called-for amount of coriander. Cumin is a favorite spice if someone in your household simply can’t stand the taste of coriander/cilantro.

Oregano

Dried oregano can be used in place of coriander only in certain dishes. It is best substituted in pasta dishes or sauces, where it can be mixed with other spices. Oregano has a bit of mint taste to it but will give the earthy flavor of ground coriander.

A mountain of freshly grounded curry powder with other spices in the background

The combination of spices in curry powder can supply you with potent antioxidants. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Curry Powder

Curry powder is another blend of spices that contains coriander. Curry powder comes in many different forms, but if you are making a curry, stew, or going for savory heat, this spice blend will save you time tracking down separate ingredients. You can often find it sold in the spice section of your regular grocer.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend that typically contains cumin, cardamom, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Depending on the dish you’re making, this spice blend can be an easy way to get the coriander taste, along with lots of other flavors. It is used to make savory stews and meats, but can also be used to flavor sweet dishes.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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