The Best Celery Seed Substitute Options Available

Celery has been one of the most common condiments that you can have in your recipe.  It has many health benefits that you will definitely appreciate especially as you come of age.  However, what will you do if you don’t have this particular condiment at home?

What other vegetable delights can you use as substitutes for any celery based recipe that you may have at home?  Through this article, we will aim to answer this question and much more. If you continue reading, you will find out why the celery seeds have been chosen as one of the healthiest and most delicious leafy vegetable products that you can have as part of your meal every single day.

Are you interested to learn more about it?  Go ahead and continue reading. Aside from known celery seed substitutes, in this article, we will also be discussing the following significant points:

  • The definition of celery
  • The two major varieties of the plant
  • Plant origins
  • Celery as a spice
  • The health benefits of celery and its seeds

We will also be answering some frequently asked questions about celery seeds and how they should be mixed in with the food by giving you recommended measurements for recipes.  We will also give you some reminders on how to eat celery seeds properly so that you would not end up overeating them down the line.

​So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and read the article now. It would be helpful not only to you but to your family as well.

CELERY DEFINED: THE MOTHER OF CELERY SEEDS

Before we go any further, let us first discuss what celery actually is. By understanding its origins, you will be able to have an idea as to how to mix it up with other vegetables and why you should do it in the first place.

Celery refers to the type of leafy vegetable that serves as a condiment and seasoning for some dishes here and abroad. The name of this particular plant comes from Sedano, a term from Latin meaning seat, home or residence.

It has a known scientific name of Apium Graveolens. Celery is also known to be a typical European plant that has been part of the worldwide diet for many years now.

Historically speaking, it first had Greek origins and was used by them as one of the many medicinal plants available at that time. It was also used symbolically whenever they win wars.

After some time people started considering celery seeds as part of the cooking mixes. It also evolved into known dishes for various Italians and the French nobleman as well. When the 19th century came around, North Americans started discovering and using this particular plant and its seed mainly as part of pickling solutions.

To this day, Europeans still utilize the rich plant leaves as part of soup recipes and various sauces. It can also serve as a relish for main dishes in Europe. Different varieties of stalks or roots are also included in vegetable salads and similar dishes as well.

The seeds of this particular plant also have become popular in Africa specifically in Bengali. Other people from other Asian nations also began to use this particular plant as an effective flavoring.

TWO MAJOR VARIETIES OF CELERY

So far, there are two known varieties of celery. Both are refined and harvested to be eaten. These are as follows:

  • Pascal
  • Golden Celery

According to experts, the plant will grow well in salty and humid soil. Its peak months of growth are between June and July. Because of the plant being very nutritious, almost every part grown celery end up being used in recipes.

The fruits of this particular plant are known as celery seeds. It is also known as one of the best ingredients that you can have in any of your recipes. Have you tried using celery seeds when cooking? The benefits of this will be discussed later on in this article.

For now, let us continue examining the history in all regions of this particular condiment. 

INTERNATIONAL ORIGINS

The celery seed, in particular, can be found mostly in East and South Europe as well as the Mediterranean.

Similarly, it is said to have originated from India, Japan, China and other parts of Europe as well as North America. These particular seeds are part of the unique wild celery type of plant. 

Alternative variations of this particular plant are also known as a condiment for many dishes. Apart from the seeds, people tend to use to stop and the leaves as part of their recipes.

The celery root is also added to some other exotic recipes in Europe. It can also be used as a substitute for celery seeds if need be. We will discuss other examples of celery seed substitutes in this article later on.

THE SPICE KNOWN AS CELERY

Celery seeds in itself can be described as tiny circular seeds which could be available whole, somewhat crumpled and pounded. Celery leaves are greenish in hue and also can be used whole. They can also be cooked fresh or left to dry first depending on the necessity of the chef.

The stalks, as well as the roots of this plant, are sold fresh. You can use celery in its seeds either as a condiment to your main dish or as part of the main course itself. You can sprinkle it on bread to add spice, or as part of your salad dressing. 

Either way, this particular plant is truly going to be the best addition to your recipes down the line. It is extremely versatile and would not harm one hair on anyone who would eat it. You should definitely give it a shot as soon as possible.

ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES

Dried celery seeds are dark brown in color. It also has light ridges. In addition to this, it has a sharp aroma that tends to penetrate your nostrils. As for the taste, experts say that it has a mixture of bitterness and spices. It can still leave a warm burning sensation on the tongue.

In terms of the flavor and a sensation that it brings, the seeds are more intense than the leaves and other parts of the plant.

The French celery seed has herbal properties and is known for its sweet and citrus aroma. As compared to the two previous ones, the Indian celery is known to be more lemon like in fragrance. It also has herbal properties.

The roots, leaves, and stalks of celery can be compared to parsley in terms of similarity in taste. Celery seeds can also be ground into the powder like substance that could be mixed into the food easily. Would you like to know more about some of the nutritious minerals in celery? Here they are as follows: 

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

Celery seeds and plants have significant amounts of oil with yellowish and greenish coloring. The seeds in particular primarily consist of the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Sodium

Aside from this, the celery stem has limonene (37%) and other chemical compounds such as Calcium that are sure to be healthy for the body. Oleoresin, on the other hand, has a similar greenish color at 4.75 pounds. This is equal to about a hundred pounded seeds.

This is another option for you to use if you don’t have celery seeds at home. 

COOKING CELERY SEEDS: AN EXPLORATION

Celery seeds, as well as the plant itself, have become popular as a flavoring in Europe and North America. It is used as a condiment for various meals and drinks in many parts of the continents mentioned above.

Celery seeds are usually used as part of condiments for the following:

  • 1
    Tomato Juice and Salad Dressings
  • 2
    Coleslaw
  • 3
    Coleslaw
  • 4
    Chicken Soups
  • 5
    Pickles
  • 6
    Meat

Scandinavians as well as the other European citizens also add celery seeds and leaves to the various types of sauces, stews, and salads as well as different types of soups in their country.

Ground celery and the seeds can also be used and mixed in with salami, bologna, frankfurters, corned beef and other types of sausages. It can also be used as spices for many types of drinks such as Bloody Mary.

One advantage of cooking celery is that it reduces the bitterness of the raw plant. By reducing the bitterness, it subsequently enhances the sweetness of the condiment.

For Northern Indians, celery can be added to curry as well as pickles and chutneys. This particular plant also goes well when combined with some of the following dishes.

  • Chicken and Turmeric
  • Ginger and Vinegar
  • Sage, Cumin or Soy Sauce

Celery stalks are not known spices but can add flavor to the many available foods and beverages here and abroad. The same goes for celery roots.

Stalks usually give a crunchy texture to various dishes. Celery leaves can be used as a garnish for many main courses. All you have to do is to chop up this particular condiment into tiny little pieces.

Other dishes that can be done with celery as part of the recipe itself would be as follows:

  • Casseroles
  • Stuffing
  • Salads

Aside from being a condiment, it can also be served raw or cooked as a vegetable. It can also work as garnishes for Chinese-style dishes as well as stir-fried recipes. This is why celery is highly recommended as a major ingredient for all types of recipes because it is very versatile.

However, what would you do if you do not have enough celery supply for your recipes down the line? What will you be able to substitute for this extremely useful plant?

For celery seeds, 1 teaspoon is equal to 2 tablespoons of celery tops. If you don’t have celery seeds or other parts of the plant available, it would be best for you to try dill seeds.

Other forms of substitutions will be discussed later on in this particular article. You should not worry because this is not the end.

THE HISTORY OF CELERY SEEDS AND CELERY AS A CONDIMENT

Being a vegetable type plant, celery is known to have many health benefits for the body. In this section, we will discuss some of those health benefits so that you will be able to learn more about how to cook this particular type of vegetable properly to make the most out of it.

In the past, the Roman soldiers used celery seeds as herbal tonics and aphrodisiacs. Greeks, on the other hand, you celery as the main ingredient for love potions. Many Kelly speaking, it this particular plant has been working as one of the many sedatives to handle extreme lack of sleep and a heightened nervous system.

In addition, it also reduces swelling and was the main ingredient in gout treatments as well as arthritis. In the Indian continent, it is used as one of the many available remedies for rheumatism. This is a true herbal remedy.

OTHER KNOWN LABELS

The plant is known as celery also goes by the names garden or wild. These similar names are used in a variety of countries all over the world. However, quite a few countries still call this particular plant differently. 

As a perfect example, the UHF original Latin name for celery is also the same as its Italian counterpart (Sedano). The Malaysian and Indonesian translations are quite the same as well. (Daun Sop). It really just depends on slight differences in some letters and the pronunciation as well.

Case and point are the Hebrew and Swedish/Norwegian name respectively. (seleri and selleri) 

It just goes to show that you will be able to find celery wherever you are in the world without difficulty. All you have to do is to ask the locals and he will be able to help you for sure.

Depending on where you are in the world, it helps to know what celery is called so that you may be able to order it both online and off without difficulty for your homemade recipes. This way, you will not have a hard time finding the right substitutes as well if in case you don’t have it at home.

AVAILABLE SUBSTITUTIONS FOR CELERY AND CELERY SEEDS

Now that we have given you a few important details about celery and what it can actually do to your body in terms of health benefits, we must now answer the first and most important question that this article has posed from the beginning.

What other vegetables can you use to substitute for celery in case you fail to get it for your homemade recipe?

The answer to this question is quite simple. There are many possible options that you can if you really want to find substitutes for celery. Here they are as follows:

1. CABBAGE

This is one of the available options that you have. However, it doesn't have the same flavor as the original celery stalks. If you are going to use it, make sure it could add a little bit more salt to get the flavor just right. 

You can also use some of the vegetable relatives of celery like carrots, caraway, parsley, and dill. However, you would have the same problem with flavoring as you did with cabbage if you ever decide to use this particular set of vegetables as substitutes.

In lieu of celery, leaves from these healthy vegetables can serve as substitutes especially in a Risotto recipe. It really depends on what dish you are making. If you really want to have the distinct flavor of celery in your recipe, go with the seeds.

However, if you want more texture to go for the roots. Any other substitute will change the flavor of your recipes so if you really don't have the original plan that you need, try to adjust the seasonings to accommodate the change in flavor.

Here are other celery substitutes that you can definitely use for your own recipes in the future.

  • Sunchokes
  • Water chestnuts
  • Hearts of the Palm
  • Cardoon Stalks

2. FINELY CHOPPED CELERY LEAVES AND STALKS

If you have the plant itself, you can use the stalks and leaves to flavor some of your favorite recipes. These parts of the celery plant smell the same compared to the seeds. Remember that you would have to use more of the stalks and leaves if you want a stronger smell. This is because the seeds are far more concentrated than any other part of the plant.

As another reminder, you have to chop stalks and leaves finely to make sure that they wouldn’t be visible when used as condiments for soups and other sauces. Once you have successfully chopped the stops and the leaves, use 5 to 6 teaspoons and add it to the mixture in lieu of crushed and powdered celery seeds.

3. BOK CHOY AND JICAMA

A cup of Bok Choy and Jicama can also substitute for celery if in case you would need emergency snacks. One bunch of celery is directly proportionate to 1 pound of untrimmed Jicama.

As an ingredient for salad, if you don’t have celery seeds or celery itself, it would be best for you to get any green and leafy vegetables as a substitute. Just make sure to add more of the substituted vegetables to make up for the difference in taste.

4. CELERY SALTS

Celery salts are equally as popular as the seeds itself. It can also be found in several kitchens around the globe. If you want to understand the main differences between the two, you have to first learn how to use them individually.

Celery salt is derived from the combination of common salt and powdered celery seeds. You can use this combination if you have already run out of the seedlings. It can be used in the making of cocktails as well as some salsas and salad dressings.

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS

It is important that before using this particular ingredient, you have to check the amount of salt that you are going to add to each recipe. Make sure that the measurements are correct before adding them.

You can also make celery salts right at the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is to make sure that you follow many available recipes online. If you do not want to try making the substitute on your own, the celery stalks are also readily available in the market. Just purchase them and you will be all set.

5. THE LOVAGE (WILD CELERY)

This particular plant is a member of the parsley family and can be found in Central Asia as well as the Mediterranean. This is another condiment is mainly used for its unique flavor and aroma. In addition to this, because of its similarity to celery in terms of the two aforementioned factors, it can also be used as a celery substitute.

Physically, lovage plants closely resemble celery. It also has pungent leaves just like its twin. If you don’t have celery, you can use lovage leaves for flavoring. The stems and leaves of this plant can also be used as a substitute for celery stalks. The same goes for dried leaves and the seeds.

Lovage can also be used to substitute for fennel seeds which can then be utilized as sprinkles for many dishes. It can also be mixed in with bread dough and salad. You can also grind the seeds together with sea salt and use it as a seasoning in place of the original celery seeds.

6. OTHER EXOTIC SPICES – THE NIGELLA SATIVA AND CARAWAY SEEDS

Aside from many of the aforementioned plants, there are an additional set of spices that have the same profile and physical appearance as the celery seeds. Some of these exotic plants include Nigella and caraway seeds.

Caraway seeds can serve to provide flavor if you are trying to prepare a coleslaw salad for the family. It can also be mixed in with a nice helping of potato salad.

Nigella Sativa can also be used in some Indian dishes in lieu of traditional celery. You can easily find these in Indian grocery stores and other local establishments that sell exotic spices. Historically speaking, Nigella was is covered in many parts of Egypt. 

Some were even found buried with knowing Egyptian pharaohs and other nobles in the country.

MORE ABOUT NIGELLA SATIVA

Although Nigella and celery when compared have some distinct differences, the former captures the aroma of the latter. Nigella, as well as caraway seeds, can be used in celery based dishes as well. You can also use these as substitutes for making pickles as well as other soups and sauces as mentioned earlier.

This particular brand of seeds is known for its pungent smell and unique taste. According to some culinary experts, it actually tastes like a combination of onions, black pepper, and oregano. It will leave a taste of bitterness in your mouth once you get it on your tongue.

In Urdu, this particular plant is known as Kalonji. Other variations of this particular plant are as follows.

  • Nutmeg Flower
  • Fennel
  • Roman Coriander
  • Black Seed

The strength of its taste and smell are just some of the reasons why it can also serve as a substitute for celery seeds. It can also be used as a flavoring for vegetables and curries. You should definitely give it a try if you don’t have any celery seeds available in your kitchen. 

7. CELERY FLAKES

Celery flakes refer to simply dried celery stalks and leaves. The leaves or stalks are drained of moisture and slowly crumpled into dry flakes. If you ever run out of celery seeds, you can use this instead as part of your recipe.

These can also be substitutes for fresh stalks or leaves if you can't get any, especially at a short notice. However, celery flakes are also available in herbal stores and supermarkets near you.

8. DILL

This can be compared to celery in such a way that they both have similar aromas and flavors. They only have slight differences in physical appearance. Dill is flatter, wider and slightly bigger compared to celery seeds. However, this can also be used as a substitute for celery based recipes and dishes around the world.

THOUGHTS TO PONDER

Can you use both seeds together in one recipe? Yes. As long as they are mixed in equal parts, you will not have any problems. You have to be careful about the amounts that you put in with each recipe because each of these seeds (dill and celery) has strong pungent smells and earthy tastes.

The combination will overwhelm anyone who eats it.

RECOMMENDED MEASUREMENTS

Speaking of measurements, in the absence of celery seeds, any of the substitutes will do. Just make sure to follow some of these important measurements before using substitution in any of your recipes.

1 teaspoon of Celery salts equals 1 tablespoon of celery seeds.  You can reduce the amount of salt within the recipe by half whenever necessary.

In addition to this, you can also use as much as 3 tablespoons of minced celery tops or one teaspoon of dill seed as a substitute for celery seeds within the recipe.

Once you are able to follow these measurements, you will get to enjoy the same taste of having the original celery seed in your recipe even if you don’t have any supply of it available.

It is also important for you to follow the rest of the recipe instructions as prescribed.  This way, you will get the full taste of the food without sacrificing the quality at all.

MORE NOTES

In addition to this, it is also important for you not to overuse any of the substitutes mentioned here, particularly the dill seeds.  They are very strong and oversaturation may lead to more harm than good.

Just follow any related recipe instructions to the letter and you will never go wrong.

If you find it hard to swallow or ingest celery seeds, do not worry because you have the option to take it in capsule form.  These are sold in various concept stores and herb shops in the country so you do not have to worry too much about not being able to take in as many celery seeds as you would like because of the taste.

Are you worried that mixing celery seeds with other kinds of nuts with cause you to develop some kind of reaction?  You shouldn’t mainly because it is extremely healthy an all-natural. It is safe to mix with other nut varieties such as horse chestnut.  Just make sure that you have it and write measurements so as not to have any problems down the line.

STORAGE TIPS

In case you have fresh celery or celery seeds in the kitchen, here are some storage tips that you can definitely keep in mind to seal in the freshness without difficulty.

Put the seeds in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer.  It will last for a good two weeks for sure. If you don’t have a plastic bag available, store it in an airtight container before refrigeration and it will surely best for a long time.

THE MAJOR HEALTH BENEFITS

By adding celery to your diet, you will be able to reap more health benefits from it than ever before.  Here are some examples of these positive enhancements that the body can get from ingesting celery.

It is a natural antibiotic.  You would easily be able to fight off known infections if you have celery in your diet without even having to resort to any kind of medication.

It is non-carcinogenic.  Celery seeds and other parts of the plant are known to be useful against cancer.  This is because of the antioxidant properties that it possesses. It is one of the most important condiments that you can have in your kitchen for sure.

The celery plant, as well as its seeds, can also be used to deal with severe digestive problems and halitosis.  If you have a date and would not have time to brush your teeth after your meal, two on some parsley or celery and you will definitely have your breath smelling fresh again in no time.

Consult your Dr. Regarding the other health benefits that you can get from celery.  I am sure that they will be happy to answer all of your questions.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT CELERY SEEDS RESOLVE

In addition to those mentioned above, the seeds of celery could help solve a lot of the known health conditions that affect the human body especially because of aging. Here are some of those conditions that celery seeds help with:

  • Gout
  • Cholesterol
  • Kidney Diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Obesity

If you have any of these conditions in the body, it would help you to eat celery or celery seeds to alleviate the condition.  You will never regret the decision to do so. Of course, you should not forget to consult a Dr. First before changing your diet.

Eating the right kind of food while following doctors’ orders regarding your condition can definitely help in making you feel better down the line.

THE ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS OF CELERY SEEDS AND RELATED PRODUCTS

The good thing about using celery in your recipes aside from the health benefits that you will get from it is that it is extremely useful.  You will not be able to throw out any part of this particular plant once you start cooking.

You can use the leaves for salads and soups flavoring, you can even be the raw stalks as a snack.  You can even cook it as part of your stew.

There also available celery flakes that you can buy off the supermarket if you don’t have fresh seller around the house.  

If you want healthier substitutes for celery, try some green leafy vegetables.  Just adjust the seasoning to get the distinct celery taste right.

Aside from those already mentioned, here are some additional advantages of using celery and its seed specifically in any of your recipes.

  • The main advantage of using this particular substitute is that it is easily accessible. You will be able to find celery seeds in the market all throughout the year. You wouldn’t have to wait for seasonal changes just to get the best quality seeds out there.
  • In addition to this, celery seeds do not only serve as the main flavor enhancers. It also has many health benefits available just waiting to be consumed. Here are some examples:
  • They maintain normal blood pressure.
  • The seeds help strengthen the immune system.
  • They’re good sleeping agents as well.
  • They help improve cognitive function
  • They also serve as great antioxidants for the body. In addition to this, if you are anemic, celery will be able to help you produce red blood cells faster without difficulty.

You can also buy celery seeds in both natural and powdered form.  These are available in herbal food stores as well as the supermarket.  Celery seed extracts are also available in the market.

Ultimately, it really depends on the taste that you are trying to duplicate.  You will surely get a lot of options if you are aware of how various, distinct food combinations taste like when put together in a recipe.

Do not be afraid to experiment and everything else will follow for sure.

LEARNING MORE ABOUT CELERY SEEDS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • 1
    Where are celery seeds available? 
    You can definitely buy it at your local grocery stores. Some of these establishments even sell it in bulk so you do not have to worry about running out during emergencies.
  • 2
    What are the main differences between celery seeds and celery?  Are there any?
    The former is generated by the latter. Celery seeds come from grown celery plants. This is why almost all parts of the celery plant can be used as substitutes for celery seeds in various recipes.
  • 3
    Where did celery seeds come from?
    As mentioned earlier, the celery itself is mostly considered a European plant. However, celery seeds come from India. 

FINAL WORDS

These are just some of the many substitutes that you can use for celery seeds and the celery plant in general.  If you can find celery seeds in your kitchen, you should not fret because there are many options to renew to choose from.  All you have to do is to be as resourceful as possible when trying to find viable solutions to your problems.

Now that we have discussed the many benefits of celery seeds for the body, there’s no reason why you should not try using it raw or adding it to your recipes whenever necessary.  You do have to worry about not be able to get celery seeds or the plant itself.

As mentioned earlier, you can use many substitutes in lieu of the original ingredient.  All you have to do is to be resourceful and inventive enough in your recipes.

Ask for help online or from your family and friends not only for celery problems but also for other kitchen related issues if you feel like you need it.  They will surely go out of their way to help you as much as possible. All you have to do is contact them right away.

In doing this, you should make sure that you get information from reliable sources only.  Always try to double check your sources especially for food and health articles. You will feel more secure by doing this for sure.

Additionally, make sure that before you ask for outside help, you have already exhausted all efforts to try and find out all the information that you can about celery seed substitutes.  Otherwise, you will just end up wasting your energy trying to find help when you can just do it on your own.

Can you think of other celery seed substitutes that you can use for your recipes?  Why don’t you try it with these recommendations and see how it would all turn out? As mentioned earlier, you will surely not regret your decision to experiment at all.  

In fact, we highly recommend it.