Hot Mustard Recipe

Spicy Homemade Mustard Recipe: Perfect Dipping Sauce

This spicy, full-flavored mustard requires only two ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare.

Hot mustard is one of the simplest yet most intriguing Chinese-American sauces. Just two basic ingredients create a sauce with intense flavor and sinus-clearing heat.

The science behind hot mustard involves an enzyme called myrosinase, which breaks down glucosinolates into isothiocyanates when combined with cold water. This reaction produces the characteristic heat, with intensity varying based on the type of mustard seeds used.

Two hot mustard powders were tested for this recipe – Roland Chinese Hot Mustard Powder and Colman’s English Mustard. Both reached peak flavor and heat around 15 minutes after mixing with water. Roland was hotter, while Colman’s offered more mustard flavor along with significant heat.

After peaking, the mustards slowly faded, with the mustard flavor lingering longer before the heat kicked in. The heat gradually became less pronounced but remained strong for hours.

To preserve the intense heat, refrigerate the mustard at its peak or add a little vinegar to stabilize it. However, since this mustard is so quick and easy to make, it’s best to prepare only what you need when you need it rather than trying to store it.

Once you try homemade hot mustard, you’ll find it hard to go back to those little Chinese takeout packets.


  • 3 tablespoons hot mustard powder, such as Colman’s
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard powder and water until completely combined. Let rest for 15 minutes; use immediately.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
32 Calories
2g Fat
2g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 46mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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