What can be substituted for potato starch in a recipe?

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Regine
Regine April 7, 2014

Cornstarch. May be called Maizena in Latin stores.

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Regine April 7, 2014

But if used in a sauce or salty dish, you may be able to replace 1 part potato starch with 2 part flour.

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Matt
Matt April 8, 2014

You can replace potato starch for wheat flour and corn starch in many recipes that call for just a bit, depending on the application you can likely make the exchange in the other direction. Potato starch is cheap and versatile, invest in a bag of it. A pound can be had for less than $5.

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Regine
Regine April 8, 2014

I usually seem to find potato starch in the kosher aisle of supermarkets. Letting you know in case you look for it in the baking aisle and it is not there.

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ChefJune
ChefJune April 8, 2014

It all depends upon what the recipe is, and what it's for. Why do you want to substitute it?

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Kathy Anderson
Kathy Anderson January 10, 2019

A fried chicken recipe I'm making calls for 2 tablespoons I have potato starch and I don't have any I do have cornstarch

SeaJambon
SeaJambon April 8, 2014

Agree with June. I do quite a bit of cooking with alternate flours, and potato starch can sometimes figure prominently as part of a gluten-free flour mix/replacement. Generally, corn starch or tapioca starch will substitute just fine, but it is always helpful to have a full understanding of what you are trying to do just in case there is a "twist" that people might not always think of. Not sure where you live, but here in the greater Seattle area, most grocery stores (even the really main line ones) have a "specialty flour" section and both potato starch and tapioca starch are readily found there (corn starch is already on the shelves and easily found in the standard baking aisle). PS - Matt, any flour that is $5/pound, I would consider pricey -- so "cheap" may be in the eye of the beholder (or more correctly, pocketbook?!) ;)

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francesk
francesk April 8, 2014

More than half of my family's Passover recipes call for Potato starch. Passover is less than a week away, so why not check the Passover displays at larger supermarkets & stock up.

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