“Is there a substitute for the Shaoxing wine?” is one of the most common questions we get on the blog. While we consider it an essential ingredient in many recipes, here are our recommended Shaoxing wine substitutes if you can't locate it, or choose not to consume alcohol.
Shaoxing wine substitutes:
Any Chinese rice wine (such as clear rice wine or mi chiu/mijiu)
Dry cooking sherry
Korean rice wine (cooking wine)
Mirin(reduce sugar in recipe if using mirin, as it is quite sweet)
Sake(Japanese rice wine, usually meant for drinking)
Soju(a Korean distilled beverage usually made from rice, wheat, or barley)
Any of the above substitutes can replace Shaoxing wine in a 1:1 ratio, as long as the amounts called for in the recipe are less than 2 tablespoons. If using mirin, reduce the sugar in the recipe, as it is quite sweet.
The closest substitutes above are alternative Chinese rice wines (such as mi jiu) and dry coking sherry.
Substitutions for Shaoxing Wine by The Woks of Life. Recipe URL: https://thewoksoflife.com/shaoxing-wine-the-key-to-authentic-chinese-cooking/