4 Sherry Vinegar Substitutes

Sherry vinegar is a versatile vinegar that can be used to garnish and elevate the flavor of a variety of different food dishes.

However, if you don’t have any in your kitchen or you’re finding it hard to come by at the grocery store, consider substituting with these awesome sherry vinegar alternatives below.

1. Unseasoned Rice Vinegar

If you don’t have any sherry vinegar to hand and the recipe calls for vinegar, a great alternative that you can use instead is unseasoned rice vinegar.

This particular type of vinegar has been made out of fermented rice and is most often used for Asian cuisine – although many people use unseasoned rice vinegar for a variety of different cuisines, too.

Even though it’s not exactly the same as sherry vinegar, unseasoned rice vinegar does have a slightly sweet flavor profile that can be likened to the sweetness of sherry vinegar.

However, if you want to make sure that you are using a substitute that is as close to sherry vinegar as you can get, it’s important to make sure that you are using unseasoned rice vinegar instead of seasoned!

How to use it: Add a few tablespoons of unseasoned rice vinegar to your dish of choice. It’s as easy as that!

2. Champagne Vinegar

While this vinegar is a little harder to come by than other types of vinegar, champagne vinegar can also work as a pretty great alternative to sherry vinegar if you don’t have it to hand.

As you might have already been able to guess, champagne vinegar is also made via a fermentation process – and the ingredient that gets fermented in this vinegar is champagne.

Keep in mind that this vinegar, while being suitable as an alternative, is much milder than sherry vinegar is.

How to use it: Similar to unseasoned rice vinegar, all you will have to do is add a few tablespoons of this vinegar into your food.

Keep in mind that, due to the milder flavor profile of this particular champagne, you might need to add more.

3. Red Or White Wine Vinegar

If you don’t like the sound of unseasoned rice vinegar or champagne vinegar, then another great option for you to try is red or white wine vinegar (see also ‘The 8 Best White Wine Vinegar Substitutes‘)!

Keep in mind, though, that this vinegar is far more potent than sherry vinegar – so make sure to only try this sherry vinegar alternative if you like a stronger flavor.

How to use it: Add a dash to your food. You shouldn’t need any more than that!

4. Lemon Juice

No vinegars available at all? No problem! Believe it or not, another awesome alternative that you can use as a sherry vinegar substitute if you do not have it to hand is lemon juice.

Similar to sherry vinegar, lemon juice has a tangy and acidic-like flavor profile that resembles the flavor profile of sherry vinegar almost perfectly.

Not only that, but it is super versatile and can be used for a variety of different dishes and a variety of different cuisines. Although, this works especially well as a garnish on salads.

It’s also worth noting that lemon juice is not only extremely easy to come by, but it is also super affordable and a little definitely goes a way – so it offers great value for money.

How to use it: Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into your salad or food dish. Add as much as you would like.

The Bottom Line

No sherry vinegar? No problem! We hope that this guide has helped you find the perfect sherry vinegar alternative when you don’t have it to hand. Thanks for reading!

4 Sherry Vinegar Substitutes

4 Sherry Vinegar Substitutes

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When sherry vinegar is unavailable, consider using these sherry vinegar substitutes instead. Click through to read!

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  • Unseasoned Rice Vinegar

  • Champagne Vinegar

  • Red Or White Wine Vinegar

  • Lemon Juice


  • 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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