I would like to start using Vanilla bean paste in some of my recipes. I usually use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extract and wondered if the measurement was the same i.e. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract = 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste. I thought I heard somewhere that the paste is a lot stronger. Would appreciate any feedback.

1 Answer 1


1 tbsp pure vanilla bean paste = 1 vanilla bean
1 tbsp pure vanilla bean paste = 1 tbsp vanilla bean extract

From experience I'd say the extract and the paste are equivalent in flavour. The vanilla bean paste has the added texture of the seeds, which I prefer.

Of course neither of them leave you with a bean case to use as a garnish when your done creating! We use both the paste and beans a lot!

Source label on a jar of Madagascar Bourbon anilla bean paste -Nielsen-Massey (No association) here:

  • Thank you so much that is exactly what I wanted to know, pity that information wasn't on my bottle's label.
    – Pam Madden
    Mar 27, 2013 at 8:50

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.