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A Shallot Substitute: Two Options That Are in Most Kitchens

A Shallot Substitute: Two Options That Are in Most Kitchens

I’m working on a recipe, and I forgot to buy the shallots. Honestly, shallots are not something that I generally keep around. Sure they are tasty, and I love cooking with them, but I find them a bit overpriced these days.

So if you find yourself in a situation like I am, and you’re trying to figure out a shallot substitute here is what I am going to do in my recipe.

Shallots are a fairly new addition to my cooking routine. I only started using them after I started ordering cooking boxes. I don’t recall if it was Home Chef or Plated that first introduced me to the joys of cooking with shallots.

Regardless, they do add such a wonderful flavor to a dish. I love the flavor of onion but Andi isn’t quite as much of a fan.

That is why she gets excited when she sees me cooking a dish with shallots. She knows that she is going to get that mild shallot flavor without the overpowering kick that onions offer. 

Substitute yellow onion for shallots

If the recipe calls for cooked shallots replace yellow onion in a ratio of 1 to 1. If the recipe calls for raw shallots replace yellow onion which half ratio. In other words, only use half as much yellow onion.

Substitute green onion for shallots

If you find yourself out of shallots, but you have some green onions (also known as scallions) these are a terrific substitute. Cut the white portion of these onions and only use that. 

You can substitute the white part of the scallion one to one. Save the green stalk of the scallion for a future recipe or dice it up and garnish your dish with it for an extra treat.

This is my go to chef’s knife lately. I love using it. It has a perfect weight balance and just feels good in the hand.

FAQ About Shallots

What do shallots taste like?

Shallots taste a little bit like a mixture of an onion and a touch of garlic. It is very light on the garlic taste, but I sense those hints nonetheless. A shallot raw has a very pungent flavor, and a cooked shallot is much milder in flavor.

The lovely thing about a shallot is cooking with one will not overpower the dish. Onions have a terrible habit of overpowering a recipe, and this is why a lot of cooks prefer stovetop cooking with shallots.

What does a shallot look like?

A shallot looks like a small onion. It has a papery skin that is a brownish copper color. You will also see hints of pink.

When you cut into a shallot, it will have a light purple color tone. When you cut into a shallot, you will also find two to four cloves.

How long does a shallot last?

How long a shallot will last depends on how they are stored. Dry shallot stored in a cool and dark place can last about a month. Shallots stored in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator will last 10 – 12 days.

Which is stronger shallots or onions?

Onions and shallots are similar in taste, but generally, onions are more pungent. Shallots, especially cooked shallots, have a milder flavor profile.

So am I recipe I ended up substituting yellow onion for shallots, and it worked out great. Well, it would have been awesome to have shallots on hand, but I’m delighted that I had an opportunity to try out the substitution and tell you guys about it here.

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