Mustard is the overlooked stepchild of condiments—crowded out at home by its bossy, favored siblings, ketchup and mayo. But the truth is that mustard can do what those other condiments can’t. It adds a hit of nose-clearing pungency or a vinegary tang to a sandwich, sure. But mustard is also a foundational recipe flavor—and a standalone sauce on a meat and cheese board.
As delicious as supermarket mustards can be, you’re missing out if you don’t explore the wide world of artisanal varieties. We’re lucky to be living in a golden age of small-batch condiments. Here are our staff favorite mustards—including your classic French varieties along with your funky fermented delights—available for purchase online.
Moutarde Pommery’s mustards are instantly recognizable thanks to their ceramic crock containers, which demonstrate the brand’s reverence for traditional French mustard making. Its flagship variety is the stone-ground Moutarde de Meaux, named for the well-guarded recipe’s hometown. Senior editor Maggie Hoffman describes the flavor as “bright, tart, and pungent, though not super spicy.” Assertive and elegant, it’s suitable on sandwiches or stirred into sauces and dressings.
Staff writer Kendra Vaculin is a dedicated fan of Brooklyn Delhi’s curry ketchup and curry mustard. Brand founder Chitra Agrawal describes them as “American deli-style condiments infused with Indian flavors.” The mustard is fortified with cumin, paprika, ginger, and cinnamon, resulting in a warmly spiced condiment that plays well with smoky barbecue marinades and glazes and melds deliciously with mayonnaise to create an enticing dipping sauce for fries and chicken strips.
$10.00, Brooklyn Delhi
Usually a jar of mustard will last me several months. My roommates and I demolished my stash of Dark Horse’s Dijon and its pickled mustard seed in two weeks. Unlike other brands on this list, Dark Horse mustards are fermented, giving them a rounder, more complex flavor than their counterparts.
Dark Horse’s fermented Dijon, for instance, is a divine blend of honey, smoked onions, biodynamic Chardonnay and capers. It works as beautifully on a cheese board as it does on a plate of chicken tenders. But it’s a mustard that shines best on its own, so use it in situations where you can really taste it.
Don’t confuse the pickled mustard seeds for an old-style French mustard: These mustard seeds have a texture like fish eggs; they pop in your mouth as you eat them. Sweet, with a gentle heat and exciting texture, this is a mustard that works best as a garnish or topping to a piece of fish, little boiled potatoes, steamed asparagus, or a big pork chop.
$15.00, Bubble Goods
$11.00, Bubble Goods
Yes, this mustard company shares my name, but I promise that isn’t the reason it’s on this list. Wilder is a small California-based condiment upstart that produces three small-batch mustard varieties: a classic (Dijon) mustard, a sweet-and-hot mustard, and a jalapeño mustard. Think of these as an upgrade to your typical barbecue cookout mustards, each with a pleasant heat that isn’t terribly acidic. My colleague Christina Chaey at Bon Appétit likes Wilder mustard for pretzel dipping. But if that isn’t enough of an endorsement, Oprah included it in her 2019 Favorite Things list.
Edmond Fallot Mustard
Edmond Fallot is a family-run moutarderie from France’s Burgundy region that makes rich, creamy mustards perfect for spreading on sandwiches. They are known for stalwart varieties such as tarragon and horseradish as well as more novel options like black currant mustard and gingerbread honey mustard. I love slathering the tarragon Dijon on ham sandwiches.
If you’re in a pinch and need a reliable supermarket-available mustard, Maille is the way to go. The stone-ground version is a solid vinaigrette component, with a strong acidity and consistent “tastes-like-mustard” flavor that carries through whatever it happens to be mixed in. Keep a couple of jars on hand for a weeknight roast chicken sheet-pan dinner or for mixing into morning eggs.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious