Allspice Substitute

"This is one spice that I do not normally have on hand. Most of my recipes do not call for it, but sometimes you just need it. This is a recipe for a substitution that works great. Below are two measurements. The normal formula is equal amounts of all three, but if you like the cloves and nutmeg less predominant, use the lesser amount. Both will have the flavor of allspice. See note at the bottom."
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Ready In:
1 teaspoon




  • Mix together; you want equal amounts of the spices above or see note.
  • Use according to your recipe.
  • NOTE: If you like a lesser amount of cloves and nutmeg, the formula is 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

Questions & Replies

  1. Isn't this a recipe for Mixed Spice? This is what we use in hot cross bus etc - I think All Spice is something very different - it's more savoury, peppery


  1. At first I was afraid that the cloves would be too dominant but decided to be brave and use equal parts of all three spices. Must say I was glad I did. Made a plain white cake and added the mix. It smelled heavenly and was very nice indeed, just the taste of allspice. I like the fact that it makes a small amount, perfect to just mix together when a recipe calls for allspice. Thanks for posting. Made for P-A-R-T-Y holiday tag December 2009
  2. Wish I discovered your Allspice recipe six years ago, approximately the time you originally posted it. I now make my own and keep in a small jar. Some recipes, like my crockpot pinto beans, I'll reduce nutmeg and cloves, per your suggestion. I use the the full-on version for baking. Thank you, so much, for posting this fabulous, yet simple, recipe!!!
  3. If I am making Swedish meatballs, how should I adjust this.
  4. My daughter is allergic to allspice, and your mix is the perfect solution. Thank you so much for posting this!
  5. Thank you soooo much. Saved me 10$ for a tiny jar of allspice by making my own out of spices I always have on hand.


  1. some use 5 spice


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