Unfortunately, there aren’t many garlic powder substitutes, but in this post, I’m going to share with you the ones I know, and I really hope you share with me the ones you have tried as well in the comment section below, and as mentioned, garlic is very difficult to substitute, but I’m going to do my best.
I’ve been using garlic extensively in my kitchen for the last ten years, and I know everything about it, however, the thing I cannot really find is a real and viable substitute for garlic powder!
Here, where I live, garlic powder is quite expensive and somehow very rare, that’s why I started looking for good substitutes.
So, if you cannot get it on the internet or find it in local shops or supermarket, then I really recommend using the following substitutes:
- Raw garlic
Raw garlic is by far the best garlic powder substitute you can use, in fact, if you decide to use it, then, you can simply ignore the other substitutes I’m going to reveal to you later on.
It’s because garlic powder was before its transformation just raw garlic, however, I highly recommend that you do not exceed one minced raw garlic clove, finely, in order to substitute a few pinches of garlic powder.
I repeat myself: raw garlic is much more pungent than garlic powder, so, just use a small amount, one clove, slightly minced, is more than enough.
You can also take one garlic clove, peel it, and add to it a quarter of a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of black pepper, then simply press it repeatedly using a spoon to get a fine paste, trust me, it will give you the same aromas as garlic powder.
- The second substitute is salt and cayenne.
Although this will surprise most of you, I have noticed that a pinch of salt and cayenne was more than enough to give my recipes a kick and would also provide a slightly garlicky aroma to my dishes.
I don’t know whether this is going to work with your specific needs or not, but in general, I have discovered that this was really beneficial when it comes to garlic powder, especially if you have fresh cayenne, it’s very delicious and healthy as well.
- The third substitute is raw onion.
Raw onion is slightly different in taste and aroma than garlic powder, however, it belongs to the same vegetable family, Allium, and it’s also very rich in sulfur compounds, nearly the same ones found in garlic, which gives it’s a garlicky taste and aroma, however, it’s not as powerful and aromatic as garlic powder, nevertheless, it will do the trick, especially if you add one to two tablespoons of minced onion.
- The fourth one is onion powder.
Onion powder is another viable garlic powder substitute, however, it will give your dishes slightly different aromas, so, better use only a small amount, never exceed a few pinches, as mentioned before, onion has its own distinctive aroma and taste.
Please, if you know other garlic powder substitutes, share them in the comment section below, I will be more than happy to include them to this post.