Wasabi Substitutes

Wasabi Substitutes

This article provides an overview of wasabi, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make wasabi substitutes.

What is Wasabi?

Wasabi is a plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family, which includes mustard and horseradish. The roots of the plant are cultivated to create a paste, which is used to make a popular condiment.  Wasabi is grown in Japan and limited in mass cultivation, creating high prices and decreased availability.

In western countries, the horseradish plant is often used instead and is commonly referred to as ‘western wasabi’

What does Wasabi taste like?

Wasabi has a similar taste to hot mustard and horseradish and works in the same way, by stimulating the nose. Wasabi can be described as having a bright and pungent flavor that is both delicate and intense.

Is Wasabi readily available in Supermarkets?

Wasabi should be readily available in supermarkets and Asian markets. It will usually be found in the world foods section or in the condiments section.

What are some alternative names for Wasabi?

Wasabi may be referred to as Japanese horseradish.

What is a good substitute for Wasabi in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for wasabi. These include:

  • Of course, the best substitute for authentic wasabi would be western wasabi (which is technically horseradish)
  • However, you could also use