How to Make Cardamom Extract

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Herby and spicy in all the right ways, this cardamom extract recipe is the perfect swap for vanilla extract! It’ll add an aromatic flavor to literally any recipe and goes perfectly with fall flavors or summer berries!

jar of cardamom extract on a marble table.

If you love chai tea, there’s a good chance you love cardamom. It’s such a unique yet versatile flavor. It fits really nicely with warming spices like cinnamon, yet it’s also herbaceous and refreshing!

It’s one of the best flavors, and you’ll quickly realize that this queen of spices tastes amazing in more than just a big chai latte!

What is cardamom extract?

Just like other extracts, this cardamom extract is a way to infuse alcohol with the essential oil and flavor of cardamom to use in your baked goods and other dishes. It’s a tried-and-true technique that allows you to add delicate scents and flavors really easily. 


  • Incredibly flavorful: This is one of the most potent and easiest extracts to make, and this pure cardamom extract adds a rich flavor and aroma to any recipe!
  • So simple: You need two ingredients to make this extract! How easy is that?
  • Quick to make: Unlike other extracts that need to steep for weeks or months, this one is done in just 2-3 days!
  • Affordable: Since cardamom is such an expensive spice, this is a great way to add a lot of cardamom flavor for less!

Equipment

You need just two things for this extract recipe: a half pint mason jar and a small strainer.

ingredients for homemade cardamom extract.

Ingredients

  • Cardamom pods: This is the part that matters the most. Buy the highest quality and freshest green cardamom pods you can find! I ordered mine from Burlap & Barrel, and they smell absolutely heavenly!
  • Vodka: Use a high-proof neutral alcohol like vodka to extract the natural goodness of cardamom from the seeds and pods.

Tip: Use the best spices!

The quality of your recipes hinges on the quality of your ingredients. The spices from Burlap & Barrel are hands-down the best quality you can find.

All of their spices are grown using organic methods on small family farms around the world. They’re never irradiated and have the absolute best flavor.

How to Make Cardamom Extract

  1. Fill the half-pint jar with vodka.
  2. Add the cardamom pods.
  3. Close the jar and shake to combine.
  4. Store in a cool dry place and shake daily for 2-3 days. 
  5. On the third day, strain out the cardamom pods and store the extract in an airtight bottle or jar. 
  6. Use as desired.

Storing

It’s best to store extracts in an amber glass or blue glass bottle away from the sun. The colored glass will help protect the extract from the sun. Keep your jar in a cool dry place for best results. This extract has a long shelf life and will last indefinitely. However, it’s best to use it within a year.

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How to Use Cardamom Extract

The best thing about this recipe is that it can be used in pretty much anything! Try replacing vanilla extract with cardamom to add a unique taste to ice creams, muffins, cakes, cookies, whipped cream, and more.

homemade cardamom extract in a quilted jar.

Tips & Variations

  • A little goes a long way! If you’re using this cardamom extract to replace vanilla extract in a recipe, you might want to add half as much.
  • To help the alcohol draw out even more flavor, you can also crush open the pods using a mortar and pestle.
  • Give your leftover cardamom a second life! Use it to make this cardamom syrup.

FAQs

Can you make an extract with cardamom?

Absolutely! If you love the natural flavors in cardamom, you can easily infuse the pods in vodka to create a delicious extract full of those wonderful flavors. Plus, since cardamom is such an expensive spice, this is a great way to make a little bit go a long way!

​Do you use cardamom seeds or pods when you make extract?

To keep it easy, I prefer to infuse the pods. I don’t crush them or open them at all because the vodka will seep through and pull the oils out of the black cardamom seeds without any extra help. 

Where can you buy cardamom extract?

If you’d prefer to buy your extract, I highly recommend checking out this option from Burlap & Barrel! They work to support small family farms growing traditional herbs and spices around the world. Every spice I’ve tried is phenomenal, and you can either buy the cardamom from them directly or snag a bottle of their extract!

burlap and barrel cardamom in homemade extract.

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Cardamom Extract

Herby and spicy in all the right ways, this cardamom extract recipe is the perfect way to add an aromatic flavor to any recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Curing Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 5 minutes
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 ounces
Calories 68 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Fill the half-pint jar with vodka.
  • Add the cardamom pods.
  • Close the jar and shake to combine.
  • Store in a cool dry place and shake daily for 2-3 days.
  • On the third day, strain out the cardamom pods and store the extract in an airtight bottle or jar.
  • Use as desired.

Notes

  • A little goes a long way! If you’re using this cardamom extract to replace vanilla extract in a recipe, you might want to add half as much.
  • To help the alcohol draw out even more flavor, you can also crush open the pods using a mortar and pestle.
  • Give your leftover cardamom a second life! Use it to make this cardamom syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.004gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 0.4mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 0.2gVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword cardamom, cardamom extract
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