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Substituting Sherry in a Recipe

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Wine and liqueur can be expensive to keep in the pantry for cooking. This guide is about substituting sherry in a recipe.


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November 19, 2010

I am making creamy shrimp and fettuccine and need a substitute for dry sherry.

By bunny from AR


November 20, 20100 found this helpful

Apple juice should work.

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November 20, 20100 found this helpful

Cooking sherry but delete the salt from the recipe because cooking sherry is preserved with salt (unless, of course, you like more salt). You can find cooking sherry's and cooking wines in your markets vinegar isle.

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I usually use chicken broth if I don't have the right wine on hand.

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December 4, 20130 found this helpful

Can I use dry vermouth instead of dry sherry in a salad dressing for an Asian salad?

By Willa

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November 16, 2010

What would be a good substitution for sherry in a food recipe?

By Bonnie from Cornville, AZ

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November 19, 20100 found this helpful

I am making a pork loin and it calls for sherry along with other ingredients for the marinade. I have no sherry, what can I use instead?

By beth dotson from KY



Sherry Substitute

If you don't want to use alcohol you could use chicken or vegetable stock readily available in the supermarket. (08/10/2010)

By its_me7811

Sherry Substitute

Any sweet wine or fruit juice. (08/11/2010)

By karen

Sherry Substitute

When I need a substitute I go to They have never failed me. (08/12/2010)

By Candi

Sherry Substitute

Sorry to a couple of the posters here, but chicken stock, vegetable stock, and regular fruit juice will not work as a substitute for sherry in a marinade because marinades for most meat recipes need the 'vinegar' base (fermented) that the sherry contains. Since the recipe says specifically to use sherry there's also a reason to not use simple fruit juice because of the flavor and tenderness the recipe wants to acquire.

As a sherry substitute you can use just about any type of wine or you can use red wine vinegar with 1 teaspoon of sugar or you can use white wine vinegar.


You can also use cooking wines or cooking sherry's, but because cooking wine and sherry use salt as it's preservative you'll want to reduce or ditch the salt in the recipe for health sake. (08/12/2010)

By Deeli

Sherry Substitute

Sherry is a fortified wine. Use dry to sweet-take your pick. Non alcohol, 2 Tbsp. sherry sub for 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla extract or use 2 Tbsp. of orange or pineapple juice. Your marinade will depend on the choice.



Sherry Substitute

What I do, is use apple jelly and mix it with a little apple cider vinegar to make it more liquid. I have also used cranberries, mixed with some white vinegar and brown sugar. You need the vinegar to tenderize the meat so the flavour of the marinade can soak in. And taste your marinade before you use it, it has to taste good or it will ruin your meat! (08/12/2010)

By Dena Roberts

Sherry Substitute

Orange or pineapple juice are what I use in place of sherry. (08/13/2010)

By sooz

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November 16, 20100 found this helpful

What is a substitute for sherry in a recipe?

Donna from Miramichi, Canada


Substitution for Sherry in a Recipe

I use either apple juice or a punch. (10/28/2006)



Substitution for Sherry in a Recipe

Use red wine vinegar. (10/28/2006)


Substitution for Sherry in a Recipe

I found this on yahoo answers:

"I have a book called 'Substituting Ingredients' by Becky Sue Epstein and Hilary Dole Klein. In that book they say that a good substitution for sherry is either an equal amount of Madeira or Port.

Another book I have called 'Food FAQs' by Linda Resnik and Dee Brock says that you can use Madeira, Marsala, Port and Sherry interchangeably in equal amounts in a recipe. It also says that for a recipe that calls for 2 tablespoons of a heavy wine (one of those four listed above), you can substitute 1/2 cup dry red or white wine.

From - a non-alcoholic substitution for sherry would be:
2 tablespoons sherry, substitute the following:
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 tablespoons orange or pineapple juice.

To substitute sherry in a marinade: for 1/2 cup sherry use 1/4 cup vinegar + 1 tablespoon sugar + 1/4 water OR


1 tablespoon vinegar, plus chicken stock or water to make 1/2 cup.

If you want general substitutions (not measured substitutions) for sherry, you can try: apple cider; non-alcoholic vanilla extract; coffee; or coffee syrup." (10/02/2008)

By meggieliz8

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August 10, 20100 found this helpful

I have a recipe that calls for sherry, what can I use as a substitute?

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful
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