47 Easy Ways To Substitute For Ingredients – With Printable Chart

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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.

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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.

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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




Milk 1 cup ½ cup evaporated milk + ½ cup water
Heavy cream 1 cup ⅔ cup whole milk + ⅓ cup melted butter
Buttermilk 1 cup 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
Sour cream 1 cup 1 cup greek yogurt
Half and half 1 cup ½ cup milk + ½ cup heavy cream
Mayo 1 cup 1 cup sour cream
Butter 1 cup 1 cup applesauce, 1 cup mashed avocado or 1 cup vegetable oil
Shortening 1 tbsp 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp coconut oil or 1 tbsp margarine
Soy sauce 1 tbsp 1 tbsp tamari, 1 tbsp liquid aminos or 1 tbsp fish sauce
Red wine 1 cup 1 cup red wine vinegar
White wine 1 cup 1 cup white wine vinegar
All purpose flour 1 cup 1 cup cake flour, 1 cup pastry flour or 1 cup bread flour
Self-rising flour 1 cup 1 cup all purpose + 2 tsp baking powder + ½ tsp salt
Sugar 1 cup ¾ tsp stevia powder, 1 cup coconut sugar or 1 cup honey
Brown sugar 1 cup 1 cup granulated white sugar or 1 cup coconut sugar
Honey 1 tbsp 1 tbsp corn syrup or 1 tbsp agave nectar
Sea salt 1 tsp 1 tsp kosher salt or 1 tsp table salt
Black pepper 1 tsp 1 tsp white pepper or 1 tsp papaya seeds
Baking soda 1 tsp 1 tbsp baking powder
Baking powder 1 tsp ¼ tsp baking soda + ½ tsp cream of tartar
Vegetable oil (for baking) 1 cup 1 cup applesauce, 1 cup mashed banana or 1 cup butter
Vegetable oil (for cooking) 1 tbsp 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp mayo
Eggs 1 whole 2 tbsp powdered egg or 1 tbsp flaxseed soaked in 3 tbsp water
Corn syrup 1 cup 1 cup golden syrup or 1 cup agave nectar
Maple syrup 1 cup 1 cup honey or 1 cup brown sugar syrup
Vanilla extract 1 tsp 1 tsp of vanilla paste or 1 tsp almond extract
White vinegar 1 tbsp 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
Red wine vinegar 1 tbsp 1 ½ tsp red wine + 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
White wine vinegar 1 tbsp 1 ½ tsp white wine + 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
Balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp 1 tbsp ACV + ½ tsp sugar
Apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
Beer 1 cup 1 cup ginger ale, 1 cup root beer or 1 cup broth
Semi sweet chocolate 1 oz 1 oz unsweetened chocolate + 1 tbsp sugar
Unsweetened chocolate 1 oz 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa + 1 tbsp shortening, melted
Cocoa powder (cocoa) ½ cup 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
Ketchup 1 cup 5 oz tomato paste + 1 tbsp vinegar + 1 tbsp sugar + ½ tsp salt
Mustard ¼ cup ¼ cup mayo
Bread crumbs 1 cup 1 cup pulverized oats or 1 cup crushed cornflakes
Parmesan cheese 1 cup, grated 1 cup grated Romano cheese or 1 cup grated Asiago cheese
Shredded cheddar 1 cup 1 cup shredded American cheese or 1 cup Colby cheese
Garlic 1 clove ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp garlic flakes or 1 tsp granulated garlic
Ginger 1 tbsp, minced ¾ tsp ginger powder
Broth 1 cup
1 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock, or 1 tsp chicken bullion granules + 1 cup hot water
Lemon juice 1 tbsp 1 tbsp lime juice or 1 tbsp vinegar
Yogurt ½ cup ½ cup sour cream
Yeast 1 tsp 1 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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