Homemade Self-Rising Flour Substitute

No self-rising flour? Save yourself a trip to the store! 

Any baker will tell you that they’ve had a moment where they realized a recipe calls for self-rising flour, and it’s just not in the cupboard.  But it takes less than one minute to make your own, and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry!

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

For each cup of self-rising flour whisk together 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt.  Make sure to stir whisk the mixture throughout so that all of the dry ingredients are evenly combined and blended.  A whisk or a fork is a better tool for this than a spoon, but a spoon will work in a pinch.

What is Self-Rising Flour?

Packaged self-rising flour is simply a combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt, exactly what you are creating here!  Sometimes commercially made self-rising flour is made with a base flour with a slightly lower protein content than regular all-purpose flour, which results I more tender baked products. However, the difference is small, and when you are caught without self-rising flour, this substitution will work beautifully.  

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

All-Purpose Flour Substitute

If you want to use self-rising flour in a recipe that calls for all-purpose or regular flour, replace the amount of all-purpose flour called for, omit the baking powder, and reduce the salt by about half (or proportionately).

What Kinds of Recipes Call for Self Rising Flour?

Tender baked goods like biscuits, scones, cakes, muffins, and quick breads may call for self-rising flour.  Don’t use self-rising flour in yeast breads – you already have another leavening at work there.

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

To Make Self-Rising FlourAll-Purpose FlourBaking PowderKosher Salt
1 cup1 cup1 ½ teaspoons¼ teaspoon
1 ½ cups1 ½ cups2 ¼ teaspoons⅜ teaspoon
2 cups 2 cups3 teaspoons½ teaspoon
2 ½ cups 2 ½ cups3 ¾ teaspoons⅔ teaspoon
3 cups 3 cups4 ½ teaspoons¾ teaspoon
3 ½ cups 3 ½ cups5 ¼ teaspoons⅞ teaspoon
4 cups 4 cups6 teaspoons1 teaspoon

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How to Make Self-Rising Flour

No self-rising flour? No problem! Make it yourself in 1 minute from pantry staples.
Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 1 minute
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and whisk until very well blended. Proceed with the recipe!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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