What is a good substitute for mirin?

When a recipe calls for mirin, the Japanese sweet rice wine, you need a combination of acidic and sweet flavors. Add between 1 and 2 tablespoons of sugar to 1/2 cup of white wine, vermouth, or dry sherry to replace 1/2 cup of mirin.

Chicken Skewers with Soy-Mirin Marinade is one of our top-rated Asian recipes that uses mirin. And for more information on Japanese ingredients, see The Japanese Pantry.

And for more information on ingredient substitutions, see our Ingredient Substitutions guide.

Marge Perry

December 2013