Mirin is a Japanese sweet rice wine that lends mild acidity to a dish. It’s a handy ingredient to have in your pantry because many Asian and fusion recipes call for it. But if you don’t have it in your cupboard, no worries: Simple subs and hacks can easily mimic mirin’s sweet-tangy flavor. Dry sherry, sweet marsala wine, dry white wine, and rice vinegar will do the trick, for instance, if you mix in about 1/2 teaspoon sugar per tablespoon.
If you’re ready to try mirin (or one of its sweet substitutes), check out these recipes:
- Bitter Green Salad with Spiced Mirin Dressing
- Mirin-Braised Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms
- Buttery Mirin Mushrooms