What to Substitute for Any Kind of Vinegar

Types of Vinegar
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Working on a recipe, and just discovering that you're out of the type of vinegar called for? No biggie. Here are substitutes for every vinegar imaginable -- probably even some you've never heard of. 

Rice Vinegar

Often used in Asian recipes, rice vinegar adds a sweet, mild snap to dressings, marinades, stir-fries and more. If you don't have it in the cupboard, a substitute for one tablespoon of rice vinegar is one tablespoon of white wine vinegar, plus 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, or one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, plus 1/4 teaspoon of sugar.


Apple Cider Vinegar

In addition to adding a fruity punch to recipes, apple cider vinegar is known for its many healthful properties, such as controlling weight gain and blood sugar levels. Use it in juice blends, teas, dressings and sauces. For one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, substitute one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of lime juice or two tablespoons of white wine.

Balsamic Vinegar

Both sweet and luxurious, balsamic vinegar adds a rich, low-acid flavor to dressings, glazes and sauces. For one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, substitute one tablespoon of either brown rice vinegar or Chinese black vinegar. 

Champagne Vinegar

Champagne vinegar brings a bright flavor to salad dressings, without an overly acidic bite. It's best known for a flavorful champagne vinaigrette, but it can also be used in glazes for pork, chicken and other meats. Because it's mild, you won't want to swap in an extremely strong substitute.

In place of one tablespoon of champagne vinegar, substitute one tablespoon of either white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.

Red Wine Vinegar

A staple of Italian-American salad dressings, red wine vinegar also pairs nicely with chicken and other meats. A good substitute for red wine vinegar is equal parts white vinegar and red wine; e.g.  1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar, plus 1-1/2 teaspoons red wine for one tablespoon of red wine vinegar.


White Wine Vinegar

Like red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar adds a nice acidic bite to salad dressings, meat glazes and sauces. An easy substitute for one tablespoon of white wine vinegar is one tablespoon rice vinegar.

White Vinegar

White vinegar has a great reputation as a household cleaner, but it also brings a bright flavor to salads (especially coleslaw), barbecue sauce, pickled vegetables and more. For one tablespoon of white vinegar, swap in one tablespoon of either lemon juice, lime juice, cider vinegar or malt vinegar.

Malt Vinegar

A staple condiment to fish and chips, malt vinegar is especially tasty in sweet and sour marinades, chutneys and pickles. For one tablespoon of malt vinegar, use one tablespoon of either lemon juice or cider vinegar. 

Sherry Vinegar

Sherry vinegar makes a tasty meat or fish glaze, pairing especially well with chicken and herb flavorings. A substitute for one tablespoon of sherry vinegar is one tablespoon of either red or white wine. 

Herb Vinegar

Oftentimes, recipes will call for a vinegar flavored by herbs such as tarragon, rosemary or thyme. Herb vinegars taste great in salad dressings, but can also be quite versatile. For one tablespoon of an herb vinegar, swap in one tablespoon of either wine vinegar, rice vinegar or cider vinegar, adding in an appropriate and complementary fresh herb.


Raspberry Vinegar

Once trendy for adding a sweet punch to raspberry vinaigrette, raspberry vinegar also tastes great in glazes. One tablespoon of sherry vinegar is a good substitute.