8 White Wine Substitutes for Cooking

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White Wine Substitute. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Need a replacement for the white wine in a recipe? One of these non-alcoholic substitutes should work beautifully.

White Wine Substitutes

  • Chicken Broth - Replace the white wine called for with an equal amount of chicken broth (vegetable broth will work, too). This will add depth to the recipe, even if it changes the flavor a bit. If you aren't using a low or no-sodium broth, you may want to taste the dish you're making, before you add any additional salt to the recipe.
  • Apple Juice - Swap in apple juice for the white wine in your recipe. It'll add that bit of sweetness that the wine contributes. Since apple juice is sweeter than wine, consider adding a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to dial it back a bit.
  • White Grape Juice - Keep that white grape flavor in your recipe by using white grape juice in place of the white wine. It'll be quite a bit sweeter than the wine, so you may need to add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to balance the flavor.
  • Apple Cider - If you happen to have it on hand, apple cider vinegar is a great substitute for white wine. It's sweet like the wine and has a similar aged depth. 

Dry White Wine Substitutes

  • White Wine Vinegar - If your recipe calls for dry white wine, white wine vinegar is a solid alcohol-free option. Since it's made from white wine, it'll have some of the intended flavors. However, it will be more acidic, Dilute it with water to compensate for this. A mix of 50% vinegar and 50% water should do the trick.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - Use a 50-50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water in place of the white wine called for in your recipe. It'll add that fruity/acidic bite that the recipe needs.
  • Ginger Ale - Replace the white wine called for with an equal amount of ginger ale. It has that same sort of dry, sweet taste, so it'll work nicely.
  • Water - If you don't have any of these other ingredients on hand, just replace the wine called for with the same amount of water. It won't contribute anything to the recipe in the way of flavor, but it will keep the liquid volumes as intended, ensuring your dish doesn't turn out dry. 

More Alcohol Substitutes

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