Good Substitutes for Dry Sherry

June 4, 2015 | By | Comments (12)
Credit: Susanna Blavarg/Getty

Credit: Susanna Blavarg/Getty

Dry sherry, a wine fortified with brandy, typically shows up in recipes in small amounts. Fortification gives it a little more complexity—and higher alcohol content—than most table wines, so a little goes a long way in recipes.

If you don’t have any on hand, there are plenty of viable subs. The most similar will be other fortified wines like dry vermouth (not sweet), or madeira—you can use equal amounts of these in place of dry sherry. You can also use hard apple cider or dry white wine, also in equal amounts, and while they won’t bring quite the same depth of flavor, they’ll add sufficient acid and fruity enhancing notes to your dish. A good non-alcoholic sub would be unfiltered apple cider. Remember, too: Because we’re usually talking just a tablespoon or two of the stuff, the substitute won’t make or break the recipe.

Recipes to Try:


  1. Jeffrey A Deutsch

    OOPS!! I meant to say white wine with brandy added.

    November 26, 2016 at 11:51 am
  2. Jeffrey A Deutsch

    Pedro Domeq Fundador is a popular brandy made in Jerez (from where we get the word sherry)that is aged in old sherry barrels. Sherry is white wine with Sherry added. I have used this brandy as a substitute for years. To some degree they are both a wine and sherry blend.

    November 26, 2016 at 11:49 am
  3. TimH

    Speaking as a PhD chemist, a longtime AA member, and an avid cook, a simmer will remove approx 50% of the booze.

    October 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm
  4. Sharon Lawson

    Exploring the substitutes on cooking sherry
    With vinegar and cider is wonderful
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    August 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm
  5. Debra

    Can I substitute the sherry by using an apple cider vinegar? Please reply ASAP. Making a chicken stir fry dish. Or how about a red wine vinegar?

    April 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  6. Debra

    Can I substitute the sherry by using an apple cider vinegar? Please reply ASAP. Making a chicken stir fry dish.

    April 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  7. Mr. M

    Elaine. ALL the liquor (alcohol) cooks out leaving the trace taste from other ingredients. So even cooking with it your truly not UNLESS you add it raw after cooking.

    April 13, 2016 at 12:20 am
    • Maeve

      Actually, that’s not true. The alcohol is never 100% gone, which is why you’ll always have the taste of it. I only just found this out recently while watching something about the science of cooking, or something like that. 😊

      June 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  8. Elaine

    what can I substitute – using no liquor?

    February 6, 2016 at 12:51 pm
  9. Mary

    What about B&B? I have some of that on hand.

    January 27, 2016 at 9:54 am
  10. alearose

    I used a very dry chokecherry wine. Absolutely delicious!

    November 6, 2015 at 9:31 pm
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