Cooking With Sherry

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May 10, 2010

Are cooking sherry and dry sherry the same? Thank you.



May 10, 20100 found this helpful

Cooking wines are loaded with sodium, whereas table wines have no salt. As for myself I prefer to use table wines when I cook.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

No - they are the opposite! Sweet sherry is the one for cooking.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

Cooking sherry and dry sherry are not the same at all. Cooking sherry treated with sodium to make it undrinkable. The only wine or sherry to use for cooking is one that you'd drink - your cooking is worth it!


Also, just a small correction to an earlier post. A sweeter sherry can, of course, be used for cooking or baking, but dry sherry is the one to use in meat marinades or for Chinese stir fries, soups, etc.

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May 15, 20100 found this helpful

No. Cooking sherry is way too salty, and usually costs $6. For about $10 you get a bottle of real sherry.

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May 26, 20100 found this helpful

The cooking wines are not as flavourful as the real thing it really makes a difference have been cooking with sherry for years make a wonderful salad dressing.

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July 7, 2016

Many recipes call for sherry. There are pros and cons to using either dry sherry or cooking sherry in their preparation. This is a page about dry sherry vs. cooking sherry.

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March 9, 2010
By Jennifer A. Wickes


I have a couple of recipes calling for cooking sherry and they
specifically say "not" to use the cooking sherry which can be purchased


from the grocery store, but rather from a reliable source. Where does
one find cooking sherry besides the grocery store?

Can I use regular sherry? I cook with white wine, not cooking wine, because the taste is superior (and less salty, not to mention the leftover
wine can be enjoyed with dinner. Any ideas would help, thank you in
advance. Have a wonderful day.

Melissa W. from Charlotte, NC


If you cannot drink the sherry, I would not cook with it. Like you stated in your question, Cooking Sherry and Cooking Wine have added salt to them. I would use regular sherry.


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Cooking Sherry

I've never run into such a recipe, but I would just use a decent plain-old sherry. You are right about "cooking wine" what I've seen anyway is just dirt-cheap wine with salt in it. To me that is an even greater insult to the intelligence of the cook than "self-rising" flour and such. If I want salt or baking powder in a dish, I'll add it. I use wine (and beer) quite a bit in my cooking and I've found that if they're not fit to drink, they are absolutely not fit to cook with. The only reason I would consider using "cooking wine" of any sort is that you can probably buy it with food stamps. In that case it's better than no wine at all. Just watch the salt. (07/14/2005)


By Warren D. Lockaby

Cooking Sherry

FYI, cooking sherry is probably not on the list of approved foods for food stamps because of the alcohol. I cook quite a bit with wines, and very pale, dry sherry is an excellent substitute for cooking sherry. It is the same thing without the salt, plus it is also suitable for drinking. I always use that or saki in Asian cuisine with delicious results. Good luck. (07/14/2005)

By Carolyn

Cooking Sherry

Cooking wines are exceedingly high in sodium. Avoid them.
You can substitute any sherry for cooking sherry, ounce for ounce. (07/14/2005)

By Holly

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