What can substitute for mirin?
Mirin is a sweet rice wine used in Japanese cooking but there are some liquids that can stand in for it.
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By Kathleen Purvis
Q. I found a recipe that calls for 3 tablespoons of mirin, but I don't have any. What is a good substitute?
A. Although it sometimes gets confused with rice wine vinegar, mirin actually is a sweet rice wine used in Japanese cooking. It doesn't just flavor food. The sweetness also gives luster to sauces and glazes and can help them cling to food.
If you don't have mirin, there are many common suggestions for substitutions. You can just use dry sherry or sweet marsala, for instance. Or you can dissolve a small amount of sugar in a little white wine or sherry, perhaps a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar to 1/4 cup wine wine.
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