substitute for white pepper to add heat

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white pepper is less popular peppers variety used by many people and chefs across the world to make dishes like white pasta, dips, cream pasta, soups, various cheese dishes and many more recipes tasty with some heat added to them with its help. you can also use it as sprinkler for many dishes to make to spicy as per requirement before serving and eating.

white pepper comes from Piperaceae peppers family. as we all know anything consumed in excess at one time can be harmful for our body in long terms so make sure that you keep the consumption of white peppers in food or directly limited up to 20 mg at one time to get its full benefits and great taste without any side effects.

substitute for white pepper

if you are short of white peppers in your pantry and cant buy from market then you need to have some substitute for white pepper to use in your recipes to make the taste good. here i have shared a condensed list of some of the popular alternatives for you to know and use in your recipes when you need to make them hot and spicy in absence of white peppers.

White Pepper substitutes and alternatives

Green Pepper

green pepper has mild flavor when compared to white peppers but works as a substitute for the white peppers in many dishes. you can use it in fresh form or dried form. if using in dried form then ground it little bit with a stick before adding to your dish to get good lasting aroma and taste from it in the dish. if you are using fresh green peppers then slice in thin pieces and then add in the dish with some other herbs and you will get good overall taste.

i usually add it to various, gravy and curry recipes besides putting it on pizza, in pie filling, stir fried veggies mix, stews and similar recipes.

if you don’t have green peppers then you buy banana peppers from grocery store to use in place of green peppers and white peppers but they are mostly used in fresh form, so see if it goes well with your dishes.

Black Pepper

although the process of harvesting and cultivation of black pepper is different from white peppers but they both including black pepper have similar taste and flavor profile to white pepper with little stronger taste when compared to white peppers so if you can bear having some blackness in your dish to make it tasty flavor wise in the absence of white pepper then you can use it and have a good tasting meal whenever you want.

it also have many health benefits for out body. it can be added to make dishes like creamy pasta, pizza, chili recipes etc. you can make grounded powder of the black peppers for blended taste or add as it is if you boldness in some spoons of your dishes. so it is safe to say that you can substitute black pepper for white pepper without any doubt.


ginger is yet another popular alternative which can be used in place of white pepper in the case of its unavailability. you can find it easily in every park of your country. I would recommend that you use ground ginger powder which can be made at home by drying and dehydrating the fresh ginger or bought in plastic container from the nearby super market stores to use when you don’t have white pepper stock with you.

the taste is comparable with some extra heat from the ginger and its color is yellow or mustard after grounding. so if you don’t mind having little different color in your recipes then grounded ginger in quantity of 1-2 spoon depending on the quantity of your dish can be used when you add white pepper in your dishes.

if you don’t like grounded powder then you make paste also from fresh ginger to add in dishes. it gives good taste in soups, stews, curries etc.

pink pepper

pink pepper can also be used for substituting white pepper as it blends in completely with the recipe without any issues. the hotness and taste will also be similar to white pepper in the pink pepper. you cant get it everywhere in non native regions of this pepper as it is not as popular as other pepper varieties, you have visit spice shop in your area to get as they may its stock to buy and store it in your pantry for later use in preparation for delicious spicy dishes.


mustard can also be used as one of the substitutes for white peppers to make recipes taste good. it also add yellow color to your dish can be used grounded in powder form or whole mustard form.

the flavor is mild and hotness is also mild so you can add in the dish without any issue as it would work with people who like less spiciness in dishes. some times you may feel a little pinch of sharpness with mustard o your tongue and throat, so if you find with little bit difference in flavor then its good to go as a replacement for white peppers.


turmeric comes with lot of health benefits including its anti inflammatory properties and lot of anti oxidants for better working of our immune system. it can be used as white pepper alternative if you are ok with yellowish color in your dish. it comes in many variety from which you can choose as per your liking and requirement.

the heat released is moderate in it, so you can adjust the quantity in your dish as per the requirement. the taste is little bitter if eaten directly without adding in the recipes.

you can buy turmeric powder from supermarket or pound it in your home by buying fresh turmeric barks and drying them to make powder.


if you like spicy dishes which are hot on tongue then paprika forms a good alternative for white peppers. it can be used with white peppers also in addition for more spiciness in the dish.

it comes with red color, mild hotness and high spiciness for recipes and made by drying the red chilies. you can make it at home by pounding and grounding the red chilies for paprika powders or buy in plastic containers from super markets in spices and herbs section.

pepper mix powder

if you don’t like simple white pepper taste in your dishes then you need to buy or make pepper mix at home. it can be found in herbs and spices section in shops. it comes with  mixture of different peppers and spices to add a punch of flavors and spices in your dishes for making it more tasty and likeable by more people who like to experiment with different spices and different taste profiles in food items.

you can buy lemon peppers, onion peppers, garlic peppers, Cajun peppers mix etc. as per your taste preference and spices liking to make delicious dishes in short amount of time.

spice mix powder

you can also make spice mix powder at your home for different recipes if you have some spices in your pantry left over. it will give new taste and flavor to your dishes and you can make in small quantities first to test of new flavors which would also make sure that it doesn’t go waste if you don’t like the spice mix as its in less quantity only.

for a basic spice mix you can add 1 spoon garlic powder, 1 spoon onion powder, 1/2 spoon white peppers. 1/2 spoon cayenne powder, 1 spoon parsley, 1/ 2 spoon rosemary, 1 spoon paprika, 1 spoon parsley in the mix which can be used in various recipes of your choice and later stored in air tight container for future use without spoiling.

cayenne powder

cayenne powder is popular hot pepper powder that is used to make dishes hot and spicy from moderate to high range. their are variety of cayenne powder that can be found with different levels of hotness for different people tolerance level of hotness in dishes in market for you to buy. it comes from the family of capsicum annum peppers.

it can be added to all kinds of savory dishes like stir fry vegetables, roasted chicken, soups, stews, curries, chili recipes etc. for hot and spicy taste in absence of white pepper to serve in as a hot substitute for white pepper.

Frequently asked question

What are white pepper uses?

white pepper is quite useful in digestion issues, in treat of malaria and removal of bacteria’s which may cause cholera, cancer and other similar diseases. some people also apply paste of white pepper to skin to remover burn marks, rashes and reduce pain in joints etc.

it can be added to food items to make them hot and spicy and drinks to give them a kick of spiciness like in mojitos etc.

it also comes with anti inflammatory properties which makes it good for smooth working of our heart and respiratory system.

besides that some people also find it useful for good eye health by eating the mixture of pounded white peppers and grounded almonds along with some fennel seeds in morning regularly.


Hope you like my collection of some of the popular alternatives used in place of white pepper when you have its shortage in kitchen and market. make use of these spices and herbs to get a good flavor from your dish along with the required spiciness and hotness from your recipes.

let me know in comments below which one of  the substitute for white pepper you like the best as a replacement for white peppers in which dish to get good flavor from it. you can also see substitutes for jalapeno peppers on our site for added heat to your dishes.

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