Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly sweeter and mace a more delicate flavour.
Nutmeg is a tasty addition to cheese sauces and is best grated fresh. Nutmeg is a traditional ingredient in mulled cider, mulled wine, and eggnog. Both nutmeg and mace are used as condiment particularly in sweet foods.
The spice in the ground form is mainly used in the food processing industry especially as a standard seasoning in many Dutch dishes. It may also be used in small quantities in garam masala. In Middle Eastern cuisine, nutmeg grounds are often used as a spice for savoury dishes.
In European cuisine, nutmeg and mace are used especially in potato dishes and in processed meat products; they are also used in soups, sauces, and baked goods.
Japanese varieties of curry powder include nutmeg as an ingredient.