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How to Use Xanthan Gum Instead of Corn Starch

Updated April 17, 2017

Xanthan gum is type of carbohydrate that acts an emulsifier or a thickening agent in cooking or baking recipes. It is made by combining a bacteria called xanthonomonas campestris with sucrose or glucose, which produces a gummy texture. Xanthan is also known as a gluten substitute and is used by people who follow a gluten-free diet. The gum can be used interchangeably with cornstarch.

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  1. Check the recipe to see how much cornstarch is needed.

  2. Measure an equal amount of xanthan gum to replace the cornstarch. This means that if you need 1 tsp of cornstarch, add 1 tsp of xanthan gum as the substitute.

  3. Add the xanthan gum to the recipe.

  4. Continue following the rest of the recipe's instructions as directed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Xanthan gum

About the Author

Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.

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