Nutmeg Recipes and Cooking Tips

Fresh-grated nutmeg is miles above commercially-ground

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Nutmeg. © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Fresh Whole Nutmeg

Once it is ground, nutmeg soon loses the oils which provide its flavor and taste, so grating fresh nutmeg is recommended to achieve the full benefit of the fresh oils. A nutmeg grater should be a part of basic equipment in every kitchen, but if you do not have one, use the finest blade on a larger hand-held manual grater. The difference between fresh nutmeg and commercially-ground is like night and day.



Testing for good quality fresh nutmegs is as easy as inserting a darning needle a centimeter into the meat; if a tiny drop of oil seeps out, the nut is good. Freshly-grated nutmeg should ideally be added at the end of the cooking process, since heat diminishes the flavor.

Nutmeg Storage

Whole fresh nutmegs, as well as ground nutmeg and mace, should be kept in a tightly-sealed jar or container in a cool, dark place. Wrap leftover fresh nutmeg tightly so the oils are not lost.

Cooking with Nutmeg

Slightly sweeter than mace, nutmeg is essential to bechamel sauce and also goes well with baked or stewed fruit, custards, eggnog, punches, curries, sauces (particularly onion-based and milk sauces), pasta, and vegetables (especially spinach).

One whole nutmeg grated yields 2 to 3 teaspoons of ground nutmeg. Mace may be substituted for nutmeg in a pinch and vice versa, but obviously, the flavor of the end result will be affected as with any substitution.

Nutmeg Recipes

•  Anchovy Spread
•  Apple Mulling Spice Mix
•  Apple Coffee Cake
•  Applesauce Raisin Cake
•  Apricot-Date Chutney
•  Baked Stuffed Pumpkin ​Muffins
•  Baked Oysters and Spinach
•  Baked Ziti
•  Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
•  Bananas and Cream Bread (ABM)
•  Banana Ketchup
•  Banana Nutmeg Mini-Muffins
•  Banana Zucchini Bread
•  Barbecued Meatloaves
•  Beau Monde Seasoning Mix
•  Braised Cornish Hens
•  Bread Pudding
•  Butterbeer for Harry Potter
•  Buttermilk Crumb Muffins
•  Buttermilk Doughnuts
•  Cakey Fruitcake
•  Cappuccino Mix
•  Chesapeake Bay Seasoning Mix
•  Chestnut Carrot Bisque
•  Cinnamon Raisin Cheesecake Puffs
•  Cocoa Pumpkin Brownies
•  Colcannon Corned Beef Soup
•  Cranberry Apple Pie
•  Cranberry Yam Casserole
•  Cream of Chicken or Turkey Soup
•  Dark Fruitcakes
•  Eggnog with Brandy, Bourbon, or Rum
•  Eggnog - Non-alcoholic
•  English Christmas Rum Pudding
•  Festive Fruitcakes
•  Fig Raisin Spice Cake
•  Fresh Peach Cobbler
•  Fruit Wedding Cake
•  Garam Masala Spice Mix
•  German Fruitcake
•  Gingered Chicken with Mango
•  Golden Vegetable Cheddar Fondue
•  Greek Seasoning Blend Spice Mix
•  Holiday Fruitcake
•  Honey Apple Pie
•  Hot Buttered Rum Mix
•  Irish Stew
•  Jamaican Jerk Pork in the Oven
•  Jamaican Jerk Sauce
•  James Beard's Irish Stew
•  Julia Child's Spice Blend
•  Kitchen Sink Cake
•  Kiwifruit Chutney
•  Light Fruitcake
•  Mandarin Orange Muffins
•  Maple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
•  Matzo Balls With - Sephardic
•  Mock Pâté de Foie Gras (Pate)
•  Mulligatawny Soup
•  Nutmeg Ice Cream
•  Nutmeg Sugar Cookies
•  Orange Spiced Cider
•  Papaya Chutney
•  Papaya Pie
•  Peach Marmalade
•  Peach Yam Casserole
•  Peanut Butter Punch
•  Peppered Meatloaf (Crockpot)
•  Plum Pudding For Christmas
•  Processor Banana Bread
•  Pumpkin Banana Bread
•  Pumpkin Black Walnut Biscuits
•  Pumpkin Bread
•  Pumpkin Cranberry Cake
•  Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
•  Pumpkin Pie Cake
•  Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
•  Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
•  Raised Potato Doughnuts
•  Raspberry Jerk Pork
•  Ricotta and Spinach Filling for Fresh Pasta
•  Spanakopita (Spinach Triangles)
•  Spiced Carrot Raisin Cake
•  Spinach Pie
•  Super Fig Cobbler
•  Swiss Cheese Fondue
•  Very Creamy Cheesecake (Low-Fat)
•  Wild Persimmon Jam
•  Winter Chicken

More About Nutmeg and Mace with Recipes:

Nutmeg Selection, Storage, and Cooking Tips
What is mace? Mace Information FAQ
Nutmeg and Health - Warning!
Nutmeg and Mace History