The 5 Best Alternatives For White Wine In Cooking

A lot of us enjoy a glass of white wine in the evening, so much that some of us even add it to our cooking! 

White wine is used as a cooking ingredient in a lot of recipes such as sauces, pasta dishes, risotto and more. However, not all of us can use white wine.

The 5 Best Alternatives For White Wine In Cooking

Whether you are abstaining from alcohol due to religious reasons or you just don’t like to consume it, then you will need to find a good alternative – but what? 

Here are some amazing substitutes you can use for white wine in cooking.

Some are non-alcoholic so no matter our dietary requirements, you can still enjoy some amazing dishes by swapping out the white wine for one of the alternatives below. Check them out and enjoy! 

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice 

White wine is often paired with seafood and citrus flavors in cooking due to its acidity, which makes it a great ingredient to use to enhance flavors and complement white meats and more.

However, if you are searching for an alternative, then something with a high acidity is a great choice. 

Lemon juice is one of the best substitutes for white wine due to its acidity and strong citrus flavors. This allows it to bring the same acidity to a dish that wine does while remaining alcohol free. 

2. Vegetable Or Chicken Broth

Vegetable Or Chicken Broth

As it is often used in sauces to create a creamy texture, another great substitute for white wine is broth. They are flavorful and have the same kind of viscosity, so it works as a substitute in creamy sauces and risotto dishes. 

There are lots of different types of broth but the best one to complement dishes white wine is usually used in is chicken broth.

White wine goes great with white meat and seafood dishes – so chicken broth is the best choice. However, if you are a vegetarian, then vegetable broth is a good alternative too. 

3. White Wine Vinegar

White Wine Vinegar

Another great acidic alternative to white wine is white wine vinegar, which is made once all the alcohol in white wine has been oxidized and converted into acetic acid.

Once diluted, it has all the flavor of white wine with lower acidity – making it a great alternative! 

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

For an alternative to white wine that has all the sourness and tangy flavor, apple cider vinegar is a great choice to go with. However, like with white wine vinegar, you will have to water it down otherwise the vinegar will be too sour. 

5. Plain Water 

Plain Water

When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with plain water! Although it won’t have the same flavor and sourness, it will help make your sauces the right consistency and texture – so give it a try! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is White Wine Vinegar Alcoholic? 

Despite being made from white wine, white wine vinegar does not contain any alcohol. The alcohol the wine did contain has been oxidized and thus gone.

This means that white wine vinegar is basically non-alcoholic and a great substitute for those who want to keep their meals alcohol free. 

How Can I Dilute Vinegar Substitutes In Cooking? 

When using a type of vinegar as a substitute for white wine, it’s recommended that you dilute the vinegar so the food is not too acidic. However, many people end up diluting the vinegar too much and it loses its flavor and becomes too watery. 

For the right consistency, dilute the vinegar at a 1:1 ration. This means for every unit of vinegar you use, you add an equal unit of water. 

Do this until you have the right amount of your substitute for the recipe you are cooking. It’s easy!

The 5 Best Alternatives For White WineIn Cooking

The 5 Best Alternatives For White WineIn Cooking

Recipe by Jenna

White wine is a common cooking ingredient but not everyone can consume alcohol. Check out these amazing substitutes for white wine in cooking right here!

Course: Substitutes
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  • Lemon Juice

  • Vegetable or Chicken Broth

  • White Wine Vinegar

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Plain Water


  • Decided on what substitute you need
  • Pick a substitute from the list above
  • Read what you need to substitute with
  • Create the recipe and enjoy

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