What Do I Substitute for Mirin?

May 27, 2015 | By | Comments (2)
Bottle of white distilled malt vinegar, rice vinegar, Chinese red wine, mirin, sake, shoahsing, rice wine  Credit: Clive Streeter and Patrick McLeavy

Bottle of white distilled malt vinegar, rice vinegar, Chinese red wine, mirin, sake, shaoxing, rice wine
Credit: Clive Streeter and Patrick McLeavy/Getty

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:

 

 

COMMENTS

  1. Janine

    Substitute for mirin with non alcoholic please

    August 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  2. Art

    Mirin is easily and affordably available online for those who can’t find it locally!

    June 1, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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