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
Yield: 1/2 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
75 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 75
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 119mg 3%
*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 counterintuitive, 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 dry ground mustard

  • 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 sweet paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Start by sterilizing your jars. Use 1 glass half-pint jar or 2 (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 one 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.