6 Alternatives For Substitute For White Pepper You Should Not Miss

In this article, we will help you find out six ingredients that can substitute for white pepper. These substitutes may save the day if you don’t have access to this type of spice in your place.

Keep reading to learn more about them!

What Is White Pepper?

Top 6 Best White Pepper Substitute

Many don’t know that all three kinds of pepper: white, black, and green, come from that same Piper nigrum plant. Normally for the berry of this plant, after completely ripped, farmers harvest them, remove the skin and let them dry under the sun.

However, particularly for the white type, the process is different. The pepper berries are soaked in water for ten days before the farmers pick off their skin and dry them. As a result, this “white guy” tastes less spicy, and the aroma is also reduced.

Due to that specialty and appealing color, this spice is very popular in Chinese, Thai, Portuguese, and French cuisine. It also provides several health benefits such as helping digestion, preventing the common cold, treating coughs and headaches. 

The reason behind those amazing health benefits is because this “white guy” contains a variety of minerals and vitamins. Namely, calcium, iron, and vitamin C are all found in white pepper.

Tips: A tip for choosing natural white pepper is to pay attention to the color. The natural one should be cream white, not pure white.

Since many manufacturers think they could sell more by polishing their product, they choose to add sulfur to make this white-hot seasoning look brighter.

Liset 6 Best Spices Can Substitute For White Pepper

Suppose that you couldn’t find any white pepper forms in your place. You may ask yourself: “What can I substitute for white pepper?” since you want to make your food taste the best. Which types of spices can be the replacement for white pepper? You will find the answer right now.

1. Black Peppercorn

Can you substitute black pepper for white pepper?  The answer is yes, yes, and yes! As the two come from the same kind of berry, black pepper can work as a sub for white pepper. Usually, we use this “black guy” for seasoning for every meal or dark color dishes.

Yet, if you choose to substitute white pepper for the black one and use it in light-colored dishes, it will only give you a similar smell but not quite the taste. 

This black type has a more spicy flavor than the white one, so if you are not familiar with the aggressive hot taste, you may want to add less or be careful of the amount you use.

You may alternate one teaspoon of white pepper with 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper for a mild and captivating taste.

2. Green Peppercorn

This green form is also a great white pepper replacement. As mentioned above, green, black and white pepper are from the same Piper nigrum plant. Yet, the green ones are harvested a little long before completely ripped. 

Mostly this greeny spice comes in pickle form, but sometimes you may see it in dried versions too.

Grind some dried green peppercorns, and you can now use them like a ground white pepper substitute. For some dishes requiring whole white peppercorns, the pickled form may be a good solution.

Although the taste of the two is not quite similar, this “green guy” can be a fine choice in place of black pepper substitution in some dishes. As it is not as visible as the black type, you can use this kind of pepper to replace the unappealing presentation of the black one given.

Please notice that you should use more green pepper or as an alternative because they taste milder than the white type.

3. Pink Peppercorn

Unlike the other three kinds originating in South East Asia, pink peppercorns come from South American.

It comes in with a slightly sweet, mild, yet spicy flavor so that you can replace white pepper with this pink type in some pale or light-colored dishes.  Use it in the ratio of 1:1 as they have similar mild and spice taste.

4. Ground Ginger

Ground ginger ( ginger powder) is one of the options for a white pepper powder substitute.

Since it has a pale color, you can use it in any recipe you like without worrying that people will find out. This ginger powder is a fine substitution in making fluffy, white sauces and soups. It only gives a mild spiciness but enough to add a touch to your dish. 

5. Ground Mustard

Ground mustard comes with a sharp taste giving your dishes a slightly hot savor. Its spiciness may leave your palate a little hot; however, it still has a light taste – just like white pepper flavor. 

This spicy mustard powder will give you a refreshing aroma to your dish. Just put in a pinch of ground mustard to substitute for ground white pepper, and you will see your desired result.

6. Ground Cumin

You may wonder why ground cumin is in this list of spice substitution, but trust us in this. Ground cumin will be a nice option to achieve a spicy, aromatic, and tart flavor all in one.

You can start by putting around ½ teaspoon of ground cumin for each teaspoon of white pepper. Then, taste it and decide if you want to add more or not.


What Is The Shelf Life Of White Pepper?

White pepper, especially whole white peppercorn, has a fairly long shelf life. It can stay at the best quality for about 3 to 4 years if you properly store it in ideal conditions. 

If you want to maximize the shelf life, you should store it in a container with a tight lid, preventing air from outside going in. In this way, you can also reserve the potency and flavor of the spice.

Is It Safe To Use Ground White Pepper After The “Expiration” Date?

Yes, it is safe to consume ground white pepper after the expiration date on the package. When the package is properly stored in ideal conditions and is undamaged, it is still usable.

For commercially packaged, the “expiration” date on the cover only means that it is best to use before the date. 

Does White Pepper Ever Spoil? 

No, it will not spoil at any time. However, this spice will lose its aroma, flavor, and potency over time due to exposure to oxygen in the air.

To check if your pepper is still good to use, take some whole peppercorns or a small amount of the powder type. Then, spread it on your hand, smell it, and taste it. Does it still have a strong aroma? Does it still retain its flavor?

If not, you should replace it because that pepper doesn’t make a great spice as it does before.


Ground Cumin

All in all, we have given you the top 6 spices that you can use to substitute for white pepper right above. These replacements can work as well as the authentic white one, so don’t hesitate to try out one or two of them when cooking.

Best luck with your work. Thank you for reading.

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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