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6 Great Sake Substitutes for Cooking

Sake substitutes, huh? Who hasn’t faced that “I don’t have any sake!” moment while cooking? We’ve been there too many times to count, and guess what? You don’t need to stress.

There are fantastic alternatives that can step in and save the day without compromising flavor. Whether we’re whipping up a quick stir-fry or a mouthwatering marinade, these substitutes always come through.

Let’s share the love for sake stand-ins that have saved our meals more times than we’d like to admit. Buckle up, our taste buds are ready for this adventure!

6 Easy Substitutes for Sake in Cooking

The good news is, there are plenty of options when it comes to substitutes for sake. Here are six easy and delicious alternatives that you can use in a pinch:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dishes
Rice VinegarTangy, MildLiquid1:1Stir-fries, marinades, dressings
MirinSweet, UmamiSyrupy1:1Glazes, sauces, teriyaki dishes
White WineFruity, AcidicLiquid1:1Sauces, risottos, seafood dishes
Apple Cider VinegarTangy, FruityLiquid1:1Salad dressings, marinades, pickling
SherryNutty, SweetLiquid1:1Sauces, soups, stews, marinades
Chicken/Vegetable BrothSavory, UmamiLiquid1:1Braised dishes, soups, stews

1 – Rice Vinegar

First, let’s talk rice vinegar. Rice vinegar is super easy to find. It’s in most grocery stores, usually hiding in the condiment aisle.

Rice vinegar is milder and slightly sweet compared to sake. It’s great for stir-fries or marinades. Just remember, it’s a bit more acidic.

For every tablespoon of sake, use one tablespoon of rice vinegar. Boom, done!

If you’re curious about more rice vinegar substitutes, check out this article for some extra tips and tricks.

2 – Mirin

Next up, we’ve got Mirin. Ever tried grabbing sake and realised we only had mirin? Yup, that’s happened to us too. Mirin is slightly sweet and thicker than sake.

It’s a bit like rice wine but sweeter. We use it in teriyaki and glazed dishes for that hint of sweetness.

For every tablespoon of sake, use one tablespoon of mirin. It’s a game saver! Mirin is perfect for those times when your stir-fry needs a bit of a sweet lift.

Check out this mirin substitutes article for more options on sweetening up your dishes.

3 – White Wine

While cooking one day, we reached for sake and grabbed white wine instead. Oops! It worked out though. White wine, surprisingly, did the trick.

It adds a different but lovely flavor to dishes. A hint of acidity and a touch of sweetness, similar to sake.

Use equal parts. One tablespoon of white wine for one tablespoon of sake. Great for sauces and risottos. Simple swaps, big impact.

4 – Apple Cider Vinegar

The time we reached for sake and spotted apple cider vinegar instead, we weren’t sure what to expect. Well, it worked like charm! Apple cider vinegar has a tangy twist.

It’s more acidic than sake, so use it sparingly. We like to mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of sugar to balance the flavor.

It’s amazing in salad dressings and pickling. Perfect for adding a sharp kick. We usually do one part apple cider vinegar to one part water for a milder taste.

For more tips on balancing flavors, check this apple cider vinegar substitutes article.

5 – Sherry

Sherry always reminds us of our spontaneous makeshift cooking sessions. You know, those times we threw ingredients together with little planning. Sherry’s our secret weapon.

It’s sweet yet complex. That touch of nutty flavor takes sauces, soups, and stews to the next level. One tablespoon of sherry can replace one tablespoon of sake, easy peasy.

We once tried it in a stir-fry, and wow. It gave the dish a rich, deep taste. Swap sherry for sake in equal parts and you’ll thank yourself later.

Need more ideas? Check out this fabulous read on sherry substitutes.

6 – Chicken or Vegetable Broth

Last on our list but certainly not the least is chicken or vegetable broth. One time, we were out of sake and grabbed some chicken broth, and voilà! It turned out fantastic. Chicken broth adds a savory, deep flavor to dishes.

Vegetable broth, on the other hand, is great for our veggie fans. For every tablespoon of sake, use one tablespoon of broth. Simple, right?

Broth is excellent for soups, stews, and sauces. Want more info? Check out these chicken broth substitutes or vegetable broth substitutes.