Corn Starch Substitutes

Cornstarch Substitutes. Substitutes for cornstarch include tapioca and some less common ingredients. Cornstarch is most often used in small amounts as a thickening agent. Finding a cornstarch substitute should be fairly easy to find in your pantry.

If you run out, you will need to find a substitute for cornstarch when making gravies or sauces so that they will turn out rich and thick like a good sauce should be. If you just leave out or eliminate cornstarch from your process, your sauce will be very thin and watery. You do not want to leave this important ingredient out of your recipe. So, be sure to check our cornstarch substitution table in order to pick a suitable cornstarch substitute.

Listed below are several alternatives to use when you need a cornstarch substitute.

Corn Starch Substitutes

Cornstarch Amount Substitute
Cornstarch substitute 1 Tablespoon 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
*OR* 2 Tablespoons Tapioca (granulated)
*OR* 4 teaspoons Tapioca (instant)
*OR* 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot
*OR* 1 Tablespoon Potato Starch

Remember, when making a substitute for cornstarch be sure to measure accurately for best results.

These cornstarch substitute suggestions are best when using cornstarch as a thickening agent, and will make little or no difference in the finished gravy or sauce - whichever alternative for cornstarch that you choose. Some cornstarch substitutes may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product but it will be an ever so slight difference. Whether this is good, bad or indifferent depends on your tastebuds, but we've tried others and feel that these are the best alternatives for a cornstarch substitute in a pinch and make the least difference in resulting recipes.

Hopefully you found a cornstarch substitute to suit your needs. If your problem is the opposite and you actually have plenty of the white stuff, see where else you can use cornstarch.

To find out the shelf life of cornstarch check our webpage how long does cornstarch last.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.