7 Dijon Mustards That’ll Give Your Day a Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

I love mustard. Our team loves mustard. We even brought in a guest who loves mustard. It’s time for the dijon mustard ranking! Garrett Palm, lead producer at Smosh, came over to the Sporked office to try out every dijon mustard we could get at the grocery store. He was determined to find the tastiest, tangiest dijon out there to impress his girlfriend Rachel, who—you guessed it—also loves mustard.

Garrett had two mustard-specific methods he used to judge the products. First is the slide test. Garrett would squeeze mustard onto a spoon and see if it slid down the handle. It wasn’t entirely clear if he did or didn’t want the mustard to slide down the spoon, but the slide test was clearly important to him. Second, he categorized the mustards according to whether they were “soft” or “hard.” Soft doesn’t mean weak, apparently, but indicates a gentler flavor. Hard mustards either punch you in the taste buds or have a notably dense or grainy texture. Garrett’s methods may be unorthodox, but, hey, they helped us put together a great list of mustards.

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Best Dijon Mustard: maille dijon mustard

Best of the Best

Maille Dijon Originale

If you’re looking for the punchiest, zestiest dijon on the market, Maille is for you. Maille mustard has been around since 1747, so when you eat it you’re getting a taste of French history. The company even claims that Marquise de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress, was a loyal customer back in the day. And I believe it, because flash forward to 2022 and I am a huge fan. This mustard has a sharp finish and an aggressive mustard flavor. Garrett liked it because it “hit the inside of [his] nose.” Maille is so pungent that I would recommend pairing it with something simple. Slather it on a baguette with thinly shaved ham and gruyere. Mix it with good quality mayonnaise and dip french fries in it. Smear some onto a hard-boiled egg. Whatever you do, let the Maille shine!

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Budget Dijon Mustard: great value dijon mustard

Best Budget

Great Value Dijon Mustard

You might be saying, “Jordan, is Walmart’s dijon mustard really as good as a world-renowned French mustard?” And to that, I say, “Almost!” While nothing can quite live up to Maille, Great Value comes surprisingly close. It’s sharp and vinegary and smooth. The best part? It’s under $1, so you can use it generously. Garrett categorized this one as “both sharp and soft existing at once.” To me, that means this mustard has it all!

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Expensive Dijon Mustard: sir kensington's dijon mustard

Best Splurge

Sir Kensington’s Dijon Mustard

Sir Kensington’s Dijon Mustard tastes as fancy as it sounds. It comes in a glass jar and is made with wine (specifically Chablis, a dry white wine from Burgundy, France). It has a more delicate dijon flavor than some of the other mustards we tried. Garrett felt like this one would be perfect if you’re looking for something subtle that won’t “steal the show.” Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked managing editor, wanted to dip a big, warm soft pretzel into this fancy mustard and, quite frankly, same.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Grainy Dijon Mustard: grey poupon country dijon mustard

Best Grainy

Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard

No wonder people kept this brand of mustard in their glove compartments. It’s delicious! Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard has the perfect texture, in my opinion. The base is luxuriously creamy and it’s full of tiny whole grains of mustard that add a great mouthfeel. The flavor is mustardy without being, to quote Garrett, “hard.” I would dip crunchy pretzels into this or smear it onto a loaded sandwich. This is a great all-purpose dijon.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Dijon Mustard to Cook With: edmund fallot dijon mustard

Best for Cooking

Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard

Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard, according to the jar, “grinds its mustard seeds using antique millstones in Beaune, France.” Fancy! Those antique millstones are really onto something because this mustard has a dreamy creaminess. The flavor sits at the sweet spot in between subtle and bold. It’s powerful enough to hold up to other big flavors but mild enough that it would meld with other ingredients in a recipe. Reach for this dijon the next time you’re making a vinaigrette, or plop a spoonful into a cream sauce to top chicken.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Dijon Mustard for Sandwiches: inglehoffer dijon mustard

Best for Sandwiches

Inglehoffer Traditional Dijon Mustard

Inglehoffer describes their Traditional Dijon Mustard as “sweet,” which feels wild to me because it was one of the stronger mustards we tasted. Garrett thought this mustard had the “most distinct” and “most powerful” dijon flavor of the bunch. While there may be some disagreement between us and the company, we all loved this mustard. Not only did we like the piquancy, we liked the packaging. The bottle makes it easy to squeeze, either on the whole sandwich as you make it or onto each bite as you eat it (my preferred method).

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Grainy Dijon Mustard: trader joe's dijon mustard

Best Grainy (Runner-Up)

Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Dijon Mustard

If you want to go full, unapologetic grain, add this Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Dijon Mustard to your shopping list. When they say whole grain, they really mean whole grain. This mustard feels like 100% whole grains of mustard, and that’s it. I would totally understand if someone wasn’t into this type of mustard, but as a fan of all mustard types, I love it. To me, this is like mustard caviar. It explodes in your mouth when you eat it. This would add a fun texture  to potato salad or look super fancy on a deviled egg.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • I’m gonna try Sir Kensingtons next time I’m at the store!! This article was so helpful.

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  • You should do a ranking of hot mustards, one brand I recommend that you may not be familiar with is called “Zakuson” it’s a Russian style mustard that I personally like more than any American, English, French, or German, style mustards I’ve had though it might just be personal preference.

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