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Hot Mustard Recipe

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Are you getting sick of my spice blend and condiment posts?  Well, not to worry, this is the last one (for now) and I saved the best for last.

My hubby is obsessed with the hot mustard you get at Chinese restaurants.  He simply can not eat Chinese food without hot mustard and chopsticks.  So a couple of years ago I bought him some plastic chopsticks and some hot mustard powder at our Asian market so he could eat the stuff I served without noticing how awful it was.  Worked like a charm!  We just mixed the powder with water and ta-da!  Mustard so hot it made our eyes burn and totally masked the flavor of the food we were eating.  Perfect.

However, the powder eventually ran out and the hubby was very sad.  I don’t go to the Asian market often so he suffered in silence for a while, until a knight in shining armor came along to rescue him from his hot-mustardless Chinese food.  My friend Dewey (the same Dewey of one-minute mayonnaise fame) let me in on a secret.  Do you know what’s in hot mustard?  Just two ingredients.  Ground mustard and water.  (!)  When you mix the two, a chemical reaction occurs which makes the mustard very hot.  That prepared mustard you put on your hot dogs and sandwiches has vinegar in it, which neutralizes the heat.  How cool (or hot, in this case) is that?  That is science-cool!

I checked the label on that empty “hot mustard” powder tin and found that, indeed, the only ingredients were ground mustard and turmeric (for added color).  So I tested Dewey’s “recipe” and sure enough, it’s just like the stuff you get at the restaurants!  It’s enough to make me want to do a little happy dance.

Hot Mustard
Printable recipe

2 parts Ground Mustard Seed
1 part Water

Put as much mustard powder into a small bowl as you think you’ll need and add half that amount in water.  I used 2 teaspoons of mustard, 1 teaspoon of water and that was enough for two meals. Store extra in the fridge.  Dewey says maximum heat is reached after 30 minutes, but it will be very hot instantly per our experience.  He also says that the heat will diminish over time, but the extra we stored in the fridge overnight seemed just as hot the next day and we’ve stored hot mustard in the fridge for up to a month and it was still pretty hot so it apparently never gets mild over time, just loses some of that pungent intense heat after a while.

Recipe source: Dewey B.

About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

9 responses »

  1. That is so funny! And figures it came from Dewey.. LOL What’s even better is we had General Tso’s tonight.. now i wish i had seen this just a couple hours ago!


    • Haha–the same thing happened to us! Exactly! I made Gen Tso’s chicken and after we ate it, Dewey told me this. Ha ha! So I made some sesame chicken the next week just so we could try it. :)


  2. This is such a great tip! I actually just used up the last of my mustard this weekend (burgers on the grill ;) ), but I’ve got mustard powder in the pantry. I’m going to try this! :)


    • Cool! I don’t know how much vinegar to add for regular mustard, but I’m guessing if you just replace the water for white vinegar, you’ll have prepared mustard.


  3. Wow! Awesome to know!


  4. Cool, I feel like I’m learning so much everyday just looking at food blogs :o) My husband loves the chinese mustard and will be happy to know I can make it for him anytime now!


  5. I love this! We love the hot mustard.


  6. That’s pretty cool V and leave it to Dewey to know that ;) I will definitely be making this soon. Btw, I never tire of your spice blend and condiment posts. They’re great! :)



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