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Jun 29, 2011 03:18 PM

Substitute for Mirin

Hi. I live in a really small town in Iowa. We have a "supermarket" (tongue in cheek) that carries the basics, pretty much. I need Mirin for a teriyaki glaze recipe. I have rice wine vinegar but no mirin. I also have dry white wine, vodka, and other assorted things. The nearest store that would carry mirin is 25 miles each way. Any suggestions, please??? Thanx, Pat

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  1. dry sherry or vermouth doctored with sugar is the best substitute....but the white wine will suffice if you don't have either of those on hand. add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar to 1/2 cup of the alcohol and you'll be fine.

    1. If you like things sweet, add sugar to the vinegar, quite a bit. Will work fine as all the suggestions GHG gave you.

      1. Apple cider vinegar and a little sugar or honey will taste ok.

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        1. re: rcallner

          Thanx to you all. Since the recipe called or 1/2 C of honey, I used dry white wine, then a touch of the rice wine vinegar just for giggles. After cooking it all down it's pretty good. Ah, Iowa!! Such a place. I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and SOOOOO miss the availability of all good things. However, since I've lived here for the last 11 yrs, you'd think I'd adjust. . . . . To this day I miss fresh seafood but have family in San Ramon, CA, so I make up for it when I visit. We'll see how the Weber charcoal rotisseried teriyaki whole chicken comes out. Thanx, again. Pat

          1. re: caiatransplant

            The less expensive aji-mirn (as opposed to the genuine sweet rice wines) list corn syrup or hfcs as the first 2 ingredients.

        2. You don't *need* Mirin for teriyaki sauce.

          In fact, you don't even *need* a substitute for Mirin to make teriyaki sauce.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            OP said it was a glaze, not sauce. my guess is that the recipe required the extra sugar in the mirin to achieve "glaze" consistency and alter the flavor beyond a standard sauce.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              So? Just add sugar, or some honey. Mirin is not an essential ingredient.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                maybe because the mirin also adds a rice wine flavor? i don't know, ask the OP - she's the one with the recipe!