7 Best Substitutes for Sherry

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

 Likes  Comments
Listen to this article
Voiced by Amazon Polly

Finding substitutes for sherry in the kitchen is important, as this is a rather common cooking ingredient, but not one that everyone has around the house!

What is Sherry?

Sherry is a Spanish fortified wine, which is often enjoyed as an aperitif. It is often used in cooking sweet or savory dishes. There is a range of substitutes for sherry that can work in a recipe, according to your taste and desired effect.

Substitutes for Sherry

You may need to find a good substitute for sherry if you don’t have a bottle readily on hand, or if you are trying to avoid alcohol. Remember, cooking-grade sherry has a significant amount of salt added to it, so consider a quality dry sherry for lower sodium and added complexity.

Two large wine glasses filled with sherry

When in Spain, do have sherry. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Non-Alcoholic Substitutes

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used in equal measure and will impart the same amount of acidity and brightness to your dish.
  • Rice wine vinegar: Rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar may have some of the flavors you seek without the alcohol content.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract will give warmth and aroma to complementary recipes.
  • Orange juice: Orange juice and pineapple juice can both be used in equal measure for a citrus pop.
  • Peach and apricot juice: Experiment with peach and apricot juice as well! However, consider diluting this substitute with water if the nectar is too thick.

Alcoholic Substitutes

  • Dry or white red: One of the best substitutes for sherry is an equal measure of dry red or white wine, especially while making soups, stews, and marinades.  Dry red or white wines are fine substitutes, and the character of any variety can influence your recipe with amazing acidity and depth. You can add a pinch or two of brown sugar since sherry is typically a slightly sweeter wine.
  • Fortified wine: Port, Marsala, and Madeira wines are all fortified wines, just like sherry, and can substitute in most recipes quite easily.
DMCA.com Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

Rate this article
Average rating 3.9 out of 5.0 based on 19 user(s).

Latest Health News:

An older woman mournfully looks out her window

Domestic Abuse Increases Mortality Risks Among Survivors

Although there have been studies that show the adverse effect of domestic abuse on female survivors, how does it impact their mortality? A recent UK research,…


COVID-19: China Reports Decreased Cases, Africa Detects A First

Reports of varying nature about coronavirus, now being designated COVID-19, are pouring in from all around the world. Among these, one of the reassuring…

Man using a vaping device

Vapers Show Chemical Changes Linked To Cancer

E-cig use may have a deeper and longer-term impact than previously thought. New research, published in the journal Epigenetics revealed that vaping may cause…