Do you want to avoid genetically modified corn and other GMO ingredients? Learn about the 5 best organic and non-GMO alternatives to cornstarch.
Growing up, we always had a yellow container of cornstarch in our cabinet (the one with the blue lid). It was used in many dishes and we liked to use it for science experiments.
However, I grew up before the introduction of GMO corn. Now, we have to be very cautious to avoid all ingredients that are derived from GMOs, and cornstarch can be one of the bigger challenges to avoid if you cook from scratch – unless you know that there are alternatives available.
Here is a list of 5 non-GMO cornstarch alternatives.
My first choice cornstarch substitute is Arrowroot Powder. It has a very neutral taste (I can’t stand the taste of cornstarch anymore) and it produces a nice, shiny sauce. It may be substituted in an approximately equal amount to cornstarch, but may need to be cooked a bit longer to get the same effect.
Tapioca is usually my second choice to Arrowroot Powder, mainly because I have it on hand and can grind it fresh as needed. It’s also less expensive than Arrowroot Powder if budget it a concern. You can usually substitute 2 teaspoons of Tapioca Starch in place of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
The first substitute I tried when we started trying to avoid GMOs was Potato Starch. It’s usually available in the baking aisle, but you want to look for an organic brand since potatoes are often sprayed with anti-sprouting chemicals. Potato starch works well for gravy and many other things. Just substitute 2 teaspoons for every tablespoon of cornstarch.
Another alternative that I haven’t tried yet is rice starch. Like tapioca and potato starch, you’ll need to substitute 2 teaspoons of rice starch for every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
Non-GMO Corn Starch
My last choice is to purchase a non-GMO cornstarch. The reason it’s my last choice is because there is such a high chance of cross-pollination of GMO corn to non-GMO corn. With 95% of corn being GMO now, I try to avoid it where possible – though that is a definite challenge with some items.
These are our five favorite non-GMO alternatives to cornstarch. We hope you find a new favorite too.