This easy homemade tarragon mustard is made with yellow mustard seeds, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and dried tarragon. It has an intense sharpness that makes it perfect for rustic sandwiches. You can also fill it into pretty jars and give as a homemade gift!
What is tarragon mustard?
Tarragon mustard is mustard that is flavored with fresh or dried tarragon leaves.
You need mustard seeds, seasonings and an acidic liquid, such as vinegar or citrus juice, to make homemade mustard. The recipe here uses a mix of orange juice and apple cider vinegar as the liquid and salt and tarragon as seasonings.
Ingredient notes & substitutions:
- You can substitute unseasoned rice vinegar for apple cider vinegar, if you prefer.
- The amount of tarragon listed in the recipe will yield a very subtle tarragon flavor. Add more tarragon if you prefer a stronger flavor.
- Yellow mustard seeds is what dry mustard (also called mustard powder) is made from. If you have a bunch of yellow mustard seeds and are looking for more recipes to use them in, simply grind them into powder in a spice grinder. Use the dry mustard in spice rubs, like this tuna steak seasoning, or mix it with cheese and make a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Or, use the mustard seeds whole to make refrigerator sweet pickles!
- I recommend freshly pressed orange juice for this recipe because it has a light, natural sweetness that works well in this recipe. Suggestion: Zest the oranges before juicing them and use the zest to make this flavorful orange pepper seasoning!
How to make it:
See full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below!
Step 1. Add mustard seeds, orange juice, vinegar and water to a glass liquid measuring cup or a glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 hours.
Step 2. Transfer the mix to a food processor and add salt and dried tarragon.
Step 3. Process until the mustard becomes smooth.
Step 4. Fill the mustard into a glass jar with a lid. Let it sit in the fridge for 2 days before starting to use it.
- Please note that the 2-day resting period before usage is very important. The mustard starts out incredibly bitter but all the bitterness disappears within 2 days of preparation.
Tarragon mustard uses:
Use this mustard for:
- rustic and grilled sandwiches, such as this turkey cranberry grilled cheese sandwich
- smoked salmon and other smoked fish
- bratwurst and other sausages
- charcuterie and cheese boards
Frequently asked questions:
Store homemade mustard in a glass container the fridge.
Homemade mustard keeps for about 1 month in a closed glass jar in the fridge.
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Full Printable Recipe
Homemade Tarragon Mustard with Apple Cider Vinegar
- measuring cups and spoons
- citrus juicer
- glass liquid measuring cup or glass bowl
- plastic wrap
- food processor
- glass jar
- ⅓ cup yellow mustard seeds
- ⅓ cup freshly pressed orange juice (you need about 1 ½ oranges for that)
- ⅙ cup apple cider vinegar*
- ⅙ cup cold water
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried tarragon**
- Add mustard seeds, juice, vinegar and water to a glass liquid measuring cup or a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for 8 hours.
- Transfer the mix into a food processor and add salt and tarragon.
- Process until smooth. (This will take a few minutes. Keep processing until the mustard seeds are breaking up and the mustard thickens.)
- Transfer the mustard into a glass jar, cover and let sit in the fridge for 2 days before starting to use it.*** Store the mustard in the fridge and use it up within about a month.
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