What can I substitute for corn starch

@venshida (4840)
United States
June 13, 2009 4:45pm CST
I am trying a new recipe tomorrow, and it calls for corn starch. I do not have any corn starch, but would like to make the recipe tomorrow. What can I use in place of corn starch.
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6 responses
13 Jun 09
It depends what you need the corn starch for. You could probably use plain flour instead mixed well with enough water to make a smooth paste before adding to the recipe although the final result wouldn't be as good as if you'd used corn starch.
@venshida (4840)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I am making crab quiche, and cornstarch is one of the ingredients.
• Canada
13 Jun 09
you can mix flour and butter, take the same quantity of each in grams, mix to make a sort of paste. add to your sauce, or whatever your triyng to thicken when, its at a boil.. make sure you cook for atleast 12 min, so it doesnt taste like flour. Use a small quantity at a time so you can gage how thick you want it.. There are a few tricks to replace cornstarch, it would help to know what your cooking?
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@britt_200 (1229)
• United States
13 Jun 09
what is the recipe youre trying to substitute it with? sometimes you can substitute flour for corn starch but it depends what your trying to do.
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@ank_47 (1963)
• India
16 Jun 09
Cornstarch is what is used to thicken soups, not much on the nutrient scale. You could perhaps equate it to adding a potato. Cornstarch can be used as a thickener in many recipes. Because cornstarch tends to form lumps when mixed with warm or hot water, it is best dissolved in cold water. It is also found in many gluten-free recipes. Cornflour will have some proteins, some oil, and cellulose matter. Starch is a pure form and lack much of nutrients except value for energy - calories. so use boiled potato paste or use cornflour ,if u don;t have cornstarch.
@venshida (4840)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I ended up using cornstarch after all. I found a box in my cupboard just to un organize.
@fasttalker (2799)
• United States
13 Jun 09
If the cornstarch is used as a thickening agent you can use a small amount of white flour whisked into enough water to make it's consistency like that of a thick gravy and add it slowly to your recipe and it should have the same effect. I use flour for thickening a lot. The biggest advantage to corn starch is it wont clump like flour will, so whisk it good!
@venshida (4840)
• United States
14 Jun 09
The recipe only ask for 1 tsp cornstarch. I guess I can use a little bit of water with the flour.
• Canada
15 Jun 09
You can substitute 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour for every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch that the recipe calls for. The flour will provide almost the same thickness/consistency that the cornstarch would.