Mirin Substitutes

Mirin Substitutes

This article provides an overview of mirin, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make mirin substitutes.

What is Mirin?

Mirin is a Rice Wine that has more sugar and less alcohol than other rice wines such as Sake. Mirin originated in Japan and remains a staple in Japanese cooking.

What does Mirin taste like?

Mirin has a complex flavor, a mix of sweetness and tanginess with a good amount of acidity. It is used to boost the umami flavor in foods.

Is Mirin readily available in Supermarkets?

Mirin is generally available in all Asian supermarkets and most major food outlets – usually in the Asian or International Foods aisle where it comes in small bottles. You may struggle to find it in smaller or regional grocery stores.

What are some alternative names for Mirin?

There aren’t any alternative names for Mirin however if a recipe calls for Japanese Rice Wine, it is usually referring to Sake, so be careful.

What are some good substitutes for Mirin in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for mirin. These include:

  • Saki (which is also a Japanese Rice Wine) is a good substitute for Mirin
  • Another alternative is Sherry however be careful as it is a little sweeter than Mirin, even the Dry style of Sherry.
  • White Wine and Rice Wine Vinegar is also a great substitute for Mirin in recipes, as-is Vermouth or Sweet Marsala Wine.