Extract Substitutes

Need a substitute for vanilla? Try almond extract or one of the other extract substitutions that we have listed below. Run out of vanilla or another extract? Need a vanilla substitute, a substitute for lemon extract or a substitute for peppermint extract? These, and other extracts, can be substituted for in recipes if done properly. We've gathered a collection of possible substitutions for different extracts that may be called for in your recipe and presented them in table form below.

So, whether you need a vanilla substitute or another flavor, just check the table below for ideas. You'll find suggestions on what to substitute for vanilla and some other popular extract flavor substitutions.

Extract Substitutes

Extract Amount Substitute
Vanilla substitute 1 teaspoon 1/2 Vanilla Bean
*OR* 1 teaspoon of Almond
*OR* 1 teaspoon Orange extract
Lemon Extract substitute 1 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon of Lemon Oil
Peppermint Extract Substitute 1 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon of Peppermint Oil
Almond Extract Substitute 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Considerations When Choosing an Extract Substitution

If you only need 1/4 teaspoon of extract, you can substitute just 2 drops of a similar flavored oil instead of the extract.

Many extracts substitute well for each other, like almond extract instead of vanilla extract or lemon extract instead of lime extract. But some will alter the flavor of your resulting recipe, so be sure the new flavor will compliment the other ingredients in your recipe. All these extracts can be substituted for each other in equal measurements.

For information on using a citrus zest as a substitute see our page on lemon zest.

For more information on vanilla extract visit our webpage on how long does vanilla extract 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.