Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
A quick way to blend a reasonable substitute for Mirin in Japanese sauces and dishes.
- 3⁄4 cup good quality drinking sake
- 1⁄4 cup white sugar or 1⁄4 cup white corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- Mix sugar and water and bring to a slight boil for a few minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Add Sake to the mixture a small bit at a time until the desired sweetness is achieved.
- True Hon-Mirin is very expensive and difficult to obtain outside of Japan.
- While this shortcut does not have the full flavor and complexity of a true Hon-Mirin, it is an adequate substitute when used as a sweetener in certian Japanese sauces such as teriyaki.
This recipe worked great in my Nikujaga! I wasn't able to find Mirin but had Sake. I found the corn syrup to be a better option because you didn't have to wait for it to dissolve like the sugar.
The only thing I use mirin for is teriyaki marinade, and I couldn't find any a while ago, so I decided to give this a try. It worked great! Excellent way to use up stale sake, too!
thanks so much for posting this, as i can never find mirin. not even in specialty Asian stores for some reason! it's the strangest thing. i will be using this in the many Japanese and Asian recipes i have.