What Can I Substitute for Rice Vinegar?

May 18, 2015 | By | Comments (9)

VinegarsThe first rule when substituting one vinegar for another: Color is not the best indicator. While rice vinegar and white vinegar may be closer in color, rice vinegar is incredibly sweet and delicate, while white vinegar is sour and harsh. White wine and white balsamic vinegars are rich, fruity, and tangy—still a bit stronger than rice vinegar. The best substitute is cider vinegar: It’s mild, with a faint apple flavor that won’t overpower (though when used for pickling, the apple flavor will be much more pronounced). Below, your quick guide to the vinegar aisle, plus key tips for storing.

Rice vinegar is the sweetest, most delicate vinegar, adding just a little extra zing to homemade pickles, fresh slaws, and basic vinaigrettes.

Cider vinegar is mild, with the slightest apple flavor. Use as a sub for most vinegars. It’s also said to have many health properties, helping to lower blood pressure and aid with nausea and migraines.

Balsamic vinegar is slightly tangy, with a mellow sweetness that becomes more defined with age. Drizzle over tortellini, caprese salads, baked chicken, or pizzas. White and regular are pretty much the same in terms of flavor.

White and red wine vinegars are rich and fruity. Use to round out rich, meaty dishes like stews and sauces, or to add punch to a vinaigrette.

Store vinegars, tightly sealed, in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

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  4. Stevi Cautcha Armstrong

    Would cider vinegar be good to replace rice vinegar for sushi? I’m making it for the first time and couldn’t find ANY rice vinegar. My fresh produce will spoil before I could have the rice vinegar shipped and I really 1 – want to make sushi and 2 – do not want to waste my produce or end up making guacamole when I have no chips, haha

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  8. Erica

    I subbed it with Apple Cider Vinegar to make a dipping sauce for my Japanese gyoza. Since I used pork, I think the apple hint went well with them! Thanks!

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