What Do I Substitute for Mirin?

May 27, 2015 | By | Comments (9)
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. faire de l’argent

    Hello, just anted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was helpful.
    Keep on posting!

    September 12, 2016 at 1:05 am
  2. Glazed Salmon – Great Eight Friends

    […] 2 Tablespoons mirin (if you don’t have mirin, substitute this) […]

    June 17, 2016 at 10:54 am
  3. Super Fast and Simple Chicken Stir Fry | Life with Lyn

    […] 1/4c mirin (This is a sweet rice wine. We found it at Publix in the international aisle. It’s hidden among the soy sauces. Just buy it. You’ll use it. I promise. If you don’t want to buy it, fine. Here are some mirin substitution options.) […]

    May 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  4. Y’all

    Y’all are crazy.

    February 29, 2016 at 9:25 am
  5. Teriyaki Chicken Bowl with Vegetables and Rice – Jessica Gavin

    […] Is there a substitute for Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)? Mirin is used in many Japanese dishes, especially in teriyaki sauce. It’s a type of wine made from rice, but low alcohol and high sugar content. The sweet flavor adds a nice balance to salty flavors like soy. It also creates a nice glaze from the sugar once cooked. Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off since the amount is so low, especially if it is boiled like for this teriyaki sauce. You can find mirin at most grocery stores or online. If you are looking for a substitute dry sherry, sweet marsala wine, dry white wine, and rice vinegar can work. Just mix about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar per 1tablespoon of mirin substitute.  For a non-alcoholic substitute, add 2 teaspoons of sugar to 4 teaspoons of water, apple or grape juice. This will give the sweet and slightly acidic flavor to your recipe. Make sure to increase the amount of the substitute quantity needed in the recipe. (Source: Cooking Light) […]

    January 4, 2016 at 7:25 am
  6. JQ

    What are the proportions of the substitutes?

    October 27, 2015 at 11:05 am
  7. Janine

    Substitute for mirin with non alcoholic please

    August 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm
    • Alfred K

      Did you know that rice vinegar is non alcoholic?

      September 9, 2015 at 10:17 am
  8. 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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