7 Best Substitutes for Sherry

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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.

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Non-Alcoholic Substitutes

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar 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 a 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: Dry red or white wines are fine substitutes in equal measures, and the character of any variety can influence your recipe with an 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.
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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