Mild Yellow Hot Dog Mustard

Bowl of yellow mustard
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Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 13 mins
Curing Time: 24 hrs
Total: 24 hrs 14 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
127 Calories
4g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 698mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 3g
Calcium 72mg 6%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is the classic mild yellow mustard we grew up loving on hot dogs. It is incredibly easy to make, and once made it will keep pretty much forever except that it tastes so good you'll eat it up quickly.

What makes this classic yellow mustard relatively mild is cooking it. It may sound counter-intuitive, but to make a really hot, spicy mustard you add cold water to the ground mustard seeds. Since we're going for a gentler kick here, we'll mellow this mustard with a few minutes over heat.


  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard seed powder (dry ground)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider (or distilled white vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground sweet paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Start by sterilizing your jars. Use 1 glass half-pint jar or two 4-ounce jars. While the jar(s) are sterilizing, prepare the mustard.

  3. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small saucepan until smoothly combined. The mixture will be quite liquid at this stage. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mustard cool for 5 minutes. The mustard will thicken slightly during this time, but don't be concerned if it isn't as thick yet as you want the final product to be. Don't be tempted to add more mustard powder to thicken it up: the mustard will continue to thicken over the next 24 hours or even a couple of days.

  5. Transfer the mustard to the sterilized glass jar(s). Securely fasten the lid(s). Let cool to room temperature before storing the mustard in the refrigerator.

  6. Enjoy!


  • Important: Wait at least 24 hours before sampling your mustard. Maybe we should have included patience as one of the ingredients because this waiting time is not optional. Freshly made mustard is disgustingly bitter. The flavor mellows within a day or two. It's worth the wait.
  • Homemade yellow mustard will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 year. If you want to store it at room temperature until the jar is opened (handy if you're giving it as a gift), leave a 1/4-inch headspace when you fill the jar. Process it in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes to seal the jar.
  • Make sure you are using ground yellow mustard seeds for this recipe. Black mustard seeds would yield way too strong a bite for this classic mild mustard. Fortunately, most commercially available ground mustard powder is made from yellow mustard seeds.