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What is a good substitute for mirin?

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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.