How to Make Mustard

Learning how to make mustard can be as simple as mixing a few things together or as complicated as soaking a few seeds. It’s not hard at all to make.

Make Your Own Mustard

While there are many different kinds of mustard you can make, this is a kinder gentler mustard, not too pungent.

All it takes is mix the ingredients together, heat until thick, bottle and cool.


Make Basic Mustard

  • 1/2 cup dry mustard powder, Coleman’s is my favorite.
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light or dark doesn’t matter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (non-iodized)
  • 1/2 cup good quality white wine vinegar

Measure and mix everything in a heat-resistant bowl until a thin smooth paste forms.

Place the bowl over a pot of boiling water to make a double boiler, heat the mixture until it becomes thick. As the mustard thickens, whisk so it remains smooth.

Use a silicone spatula to get all the mustard in to a clean glass jar.

Allow to cool, cover, label and store.The mustard needs to sit for at least 2 hours before serving. The mustard will also “mellow” as it ages in the refrigerator.

Homemade Ketchup, Mustard and Relish

Homemade Ketchup, Mustard and Relish

I haven’t had a jar around long enough to tell you how long it lasts.

Use it as you would any mustard but be warned, it will spoil you from buying  processed store-bought mustard.

Dip a tasty sausage into mustard!

Dip a tasty sausage into mustard!

Decorate your hot dog the homemade mustard

Decorate your hot dog the homemade mustard

More mustard recipes coming soon such as whole grain mustard, Dijon style, champagne honey, and pear/apple mostarda.

Learning how to make mustard is an easy thing to do to reduce your consumption of processed foods.

Basic Mustard

Basic Mustard – Got a Pretzel?

Salmon Coulibiac with Mustard Sauce

In the restaurant, we used to make Salmon Coulibiac for New Years appetizer. It was wildly popular and considering how easy it is to make and the big WOW factor, I am surprised we didn’t offer it more than just on New Years menus.

Salmon Coulibiac is a great dish to use poached salmon but this time, I had some salmon left over from dinner. So I decided to use that up.

This recipe makes quite a bit. I got 2 lovely fish out of it and still had enough left over to make a couple of smaller rolls with the filling.

There are a couple of ways to approach this, you can layer the filling ingredients or you can mix them all together.

Personally, I like layering as the sliced serving looks so much better.

Salmon Coulibiac

You will need:

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry or you can make brioche if you like
  • 8-10 ounces of cooked salmon
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced if layering, chopped if mixing together
  • Cooked rice (I used a wild and brown rice mixture)
  • fresh cilantro
  • Fresh scallions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions and mushrooms in butter until done. Season with salt and pepper, deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine.

Cool to room temperature.

Lay the puff pastry on a cutting board. Trace and cut into a large fish shape. Cut two: one for the bottom and the other to top. The top should be slightly larger than the bottom.

Transfer the bottom fish shape to a sheet pan lined with parchment and dusted lightly with corn meal.

Leaving a 1/2 inch border around the outside, place a bottom layer of cooked rice.

Top with cooked salmon, then the onions and mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, cilantro and scallions.

Season with salt and pepper.

Moisten the edge of the dough with egg wash, top with the other piece of dough. Press together to seal the edges all around.

Use dough scraps and a knife tip to create a design in the dough

Using scraps of dough, decorate the surface to create gills, eye, scales can be traced with a knife point. Cut through the dough in a few places to create vents for steam to release during cooking. If you don’t, your fish will break open during baking. Not a good look.

Use egg wash to hold the decorations in place and wash the entire surface with egg wash to give a nice shiny surface to the finished dish. Sprinkle a few bread crumbs on the surface if you like.

Bake is a 375°F oven for 40 minutes or until done and golden brown.

Mustard Sauce

Simple and tasty

  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

Bring the half and half and cream to a boil, whisk in the mustard and garlic, simmer for 5 minutes.

Adjust seasonings with salt if needed.

To serve:

Slice the Salmon Coulibiac and place each slice on a plate, put a spoon of sauce over one edge.

Serve with a salad and enjoy!

This is a great dish to use up any leftover salmon and rice you may have in the fridge.

If you aren’t the whimsical type and want to make this without the fish shape, you can.

Personally I love the fish shape, it makes me smile!

Stone Crab and Mustard Sauce Heaven!

Yesterday I was delirious, lost in Stone Crab and Mustard Sauce heaven.

I spent many years of my young adulthood in Miami. Stone Crabs were a main part of my diet when in season.

Joe’s Stone Crabs on South Beach was an institution even when the neighborhood was not so nice. We ate there often. Every chance I could, I bought them. I made mustard sauce, cut lemons, cracked the claws and man, I was in heaven.

You Floridians know what I mean!

Yesterday when I was in Clean Catch Fish Market, Bill told me they were getting in some big claws in the morning so, how could I resist? I reserved 6 claws. After I saw the size, I cut my order in half. Each claw was nearly a pound or more!

Since he advised me to come after 11. I sauntered in at about 12:30 and sure enough the claws were in. They were easily a pound each. Huge!

There are several things about stone crabs you should know. You always buy them cooked. All you have to do is crack them and eat.

They are harvested one claw at a time. They re-grow what ever claw is taken. Some years it is all left claws others, it is all right claws. You never eat the entire crab, just one claw or the other. The crab is not killed, pissed off, I’m sure, but not killed. Besides, they can regenerate claws so I don’t feel so bad.

I wonder if the claws grow fast to accommodate the size of the rest of the crab. I have never seen claws as huge as these.

Wonder if they grew by the nuclear power plant in Jupiter, FL.

Needless to say they were delicious!

I made coleslaw, oven fried potato wedges, Mustard Sauce, cut lemons, poured  well-chilled champagne.

What a lunch! (Robert is so lucky!)

Mustard Sauce for Stone Crabs

As you may know, I love to make condiments. Here’s a great sauce to add to your repertoire.
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard (Coleman’s)
  • 1 tablespoon water

Stir together to make a smooth paste.


  • 2 ounces smooth Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 2 ounces mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon for a different flavor and versatile sauce.

Mix everything together an allow the flavors to mellow for at least 30 minutes before serving.

The shells were easy to crack

The shells were easy to crack and to get to the succulent bits of meat

All that remained . . .

Must Have Mustard


I love to make condiments! I must have mustard in many forms in my pantry. Honey Mustard, sweet, savory, mild, smooth, chunky there are so many ways to make gourmet mustard at home

Mustard is so fun and so diverse from sweet to hot, savory to fruity, there is no limit.

Mustard ingredients

This post will give you a recipe for a grainy dark mustard and an apricot mustard. Both are spectacular and very diverse in how you will find ways to use them.

For both of these recipes we use whole mustard seeds. Yellow mustard seeds for the apricot mustard and brown mustard seeds for the grainy mustard.

So here, are the recipes. The method follows both and is the same for both.

Grainy Brown Mustard

1 cup whole brown mustard seeds

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon sugar or honey

Additional water if needed for processing

Apricot Mustard

1 cup whole yellow mustard seeds

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup white wine

1 cup dried apricots, rehydrated

1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

Additional water if needed for processing from rehydrating the apricots

Soak mustard seeds overnight

Method for both:

Soak the seeds overnight in the water and wine. You need to make sure the seeds are totally covered by liquid. Add more liquid if you need.

It is highly recommended to soak the mustard seeds overnight due to how hard the little seeds are. If you tried processing the recipe without soaking, it would take forever to get those seeds broken and start turning into a paste.

Rehydrate the apricots in hot water for 30 minutes, reserve any excess water for processing.

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend for 3-4 minutes for the apricot mustard to become somewhat smooth and 2-3 minutes for the grainy mustard. If you want more whole seeds in the grainy mustard, do not process as long. Add additional water as needed to make a smooth consistent product.

Store the mustard in a glass, stainless steel or plastic container; not aluminum. The mustard will mellow after about a week. The flavors will develop and become nice and tasty.

I use the apricot mustard for ham, pork or chicken. It makes a nice glaze, marinade or spread.

Use the grainy mustard on sandwiches, in salad dressings or to dip pretzels.

How do you use mustard?

Apricot Mustard

Dark Grainy Mustard