How To Subsitute Wine In Cooking | Jamie’s 1 Minute Tips

By Brian Lemay 94 comments

Hi guys, let me show you what you can
substitute for wine in cooking. So many, many people,
for years have said, “What can I use or put
instead of alcohol, in my cooking?” Of course, alcohol’s got into there because there’s amazing flavour
in that product. When we cooked properly with alcohol,
there is none in it.
It’s all been cooked away. Ok gone. If you still don’t want it,
then what else can I put in, is really simple. Just don’t put it in,
put in some water instead. It’s that simple.
Just swap alcohol out for water but you could be more intelligent than that,
there’s no reason why you can’t get, you know, grape juice, or cranberry juice,
even apple juice instead of cider, and put that in, so very often,
when alcohol is used in a dish it’s not just the flavour,
of the product itself, it’s the way it cleans the sticky bits
off the bottom of the pan for a sauce or a stew, or a pot roast or something like that.
If you like that tip, then please click the link ‘cos there’s loads of these tips.
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Feb 2, 2015, 9:00 pm Reply


Iris van der Jagt

Feb 2, 2015, 9:04 pm Reply


Iris van der Jagt

Feb 2, 2015, 9:05 pm Reply

I find a bit ridiculous, 'cause people don't want to use wine in their dishes because there is alcohol in it, but when you cook it the alcohol will be gone xd

Drool WebSeries

Feb 2, 2015, 9:06 pm Reply

We can still just drink the wine right 🙂

Iris van der Jagt

Feb 2, 2015, 9:06 pm Reply

Not you jamie! You're doing a fine job! I was talking about the people that do not want to cook with alcohol, because of the alcohol


Feb 2, 2015, 9:18 pm Reply

I think wine makes dishes taste worse, who's with me? Or maybe i'm just doing it wrong, so who has advice for me? 😛

Chris Fox

Feb 2, 2015, 9:23 pm Reply

Amazing tip Jamie!! Thanks for your help! 

Steph Monk

Feb 2, 2015, 9:24 pm Reply

Ooo thank you Jamie!!! I'm not at the legal age for buying and drinking alcohol yet, so this will come in handy (as I'm the only one in my family that really knows how to cook!) 😀


Feb 2, 2015, 9:24 pm Reply

Yeah, I know my Aunt is an alcoholic and has been sober for 5 years. So she can't even have it in the house and she loves to cook. Thanks Jamie.

Esther Neijman

Feb 2, 2015, 9:28 pm Reply

Hey jamie .) i never cook with wine because theres a chemical in there that gives me migraine, i guess that doesnt cook out so thats why i substitute 🙂


Feb 2, 2015, 9:28 pm Reply

Thanks you Jamie.  love from  Toronto


Feb 2, 2015, 9:31 pm Reply

Chicken broth can add a depth of flavor like white wine does.


Feb 2, 2015, 9:33 pm Reply

Also, juice is a lot more affordable than wine 🙂


Feb 2, 2015, 9:35 pm Reply

We in hotel cuisine sometimes use mustard instead wine. Far as I can tell its best substitute.


Feb 2, 2015, 9:47 pm Reply

Wowww ah Jamie your one handsome family man but now you've turnt it up 🙂 very nice look on you ♡ thanks for the tips, yet thinking back fondly to Justin Wilson or Keith Floyd mqy disagree lol!

Chelsea M.

Feb 2, 2015, 9:53 pm Reply

Alcohol does not cook off of food completely.
There have been several independent studies on it done, the three most noteworthy were done in 1992 by the  U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University. All three found that not all of the alcohol burns off with the most popular cooking methods.  In their studies, they used a variety of recipes with various sources of alcohol and a variety of preparation types: simmering, baking, flaming, refrigerating over night, etc.  What they found was that the amount of alcohol still in the food after cooking was in the range of 4%-85%. Not only that, but the ingredients played a role in retention, as did the size of the container used to do the cooking because of surface area for evaporation to happen. Here are some of the retention rates:
Alcohol added to boiling liquid and then shortly after removed from heat. retention rate: ~85%.
The flaming method of cooking. Retention rate: 75% 
No heat and storing overnight. Retention rate: 70%
When baked for 25 minutes with the mixture not being stirred. Retention rate: 45%
Baked/simmered where the mixture is stirred, retention rate is as follows:
15 minutes 40%
30 minutes 35%
1 hour 25%
1.5 hours 20%
2 hours 10%
2.5 hours 5%

Normally this wouldn't be much of a problem, unless you are religiously unable to consume alcohol or you're a recovering alcoholic. For the latter, even consuming a little bit of alcohol could trigger your brain to turn you back to the addiction.


Feb 2, 2015, 9:55 pm Reply

THANK YOU. I dont drink so Ive asked this question so many time on foodtube vids so its nice to have a video


Feb 2, 2015, 9:58 pm Reply

Well, this is disappointing. I was hoping for an actual substitute for wine. The tip here is only useful for deglazing. You can't make a ragu or a coq au vin with water. I've never tried it with grape juice but these kind of dishes really need the special flavour that wine has.
I always buy small bottles of wine for cooking but I don't need all of it and end up having to pour some of it out, which means I tend to go for the cheap stuff, unfortunately.


Feb 2, 2015, 10:05 pm Reply

quite a simple trick thanks 🙂


Feb 2, 2015, 10:08 pm Reply

There is such a thing as non alcoholic wine.


Feb 2, 2015, 10:15 pm Reply

You can also go to a store and buy nonalcoholic varieties of the original. Nonalcoholic Beer is everywhere and there is nonalcoholic wine as well. The wine might be a teeny tiny bit harder to find though. Can't forget non alcoholic Champagne/sparkling wine, don't confuse the two or some French Guy might get mad.


Feb 2, 2015, 10:25 pm Reply

Vinegar for god sake

Nick Ronaldo

Feb 2, 2015, 10:32 pm Reply

Jamie, What I can replace white wine on a Risotto?


Feb 2, 2015, 10:38 pm Reply

Haha his last line was for the haters. Anyway thank you for this tip. Whenever I see a recipe I'm like "OK I can do this!" then I read alcohol is required and I'm like FUCK! Will definitely try this tip thank you

Elle young

Feb 2, 2015, 10:41 pm Reply

I'm sorry but I'm still in awe of how much you have changed. You were so cheeky that i wanted to pinch you! Hope you come back to the U.S. for more projects etc..please STOP getting old 🙂


Feb 2, 2015, 10:55 pm Reply

Water with a splash of vinegar. Wine usually adds acidity.

Charlene xo

Feb 2, 2015, 10:57 pm Reply

I am so obsessed with Jamie Oliver ! I want to meet him one day ! Come to Sydney Jamie !

I am Claire

Feb 2, 2015, 11:10 pm Reply

Hi Jamie. Can you talk about how to substitute oils, butters and fats? I am unable to eat any of these without being in excruciating pain and have to cut them out of my diet. Any help would be much appreciated! x

Stu Brown

Feb 2, 2015, 11:21 pm Reply

'…it's really simple, just don't put it in' – BOOM. wisdom.

Oolong Owl

Feb 2, 2015, 12:01 am Reply

I use broth instead of wine. When I lived in canada booze is really expensive, like $12 a bottle so I always subbed. Whereas now I live in the USA it can be $2 a bottle and often there's sales like buy one get one for $0.05!


Feb 2, 2015, 12:08 am Reply

I don't like using wine in my cooking. Why? Because i only use the required amount and the rest sits in my fridge for months never to be used again. Why don't i just drink the rest? Because i don't like wine.


Feb 2, 2015, 12:23 am Reply

This is so helpful Jaime!!! Thank you!

Sira Mea

Feb 2, 2015, 12:55 am Reply

@Chelsea McCluer is correct, the amount of alcohol that remains can vary depending on a number of factors including cooking method and ingredients.

Chris Junk Food

Feb 2, 2015, 1:25 am Reply

"Water"… Mind. Blown.

that GIF, you know which one, the one with a professor or something

Lily hani

Feb 2, 2015, 1:52 am Reply

omg, did you just read my mind? haha thank you ^_^ 


Feb 2, 2015, 2:16 am Reply

As others have said, not all of the alcohol cooks off. There's been quite a bit of research done into that, and it's pretty conclusive.

However, perhaps the main reason alcohol is valuable in the kitchen, is its role as a solvent. It can be used to bring many more flavour compounds out of ingredients than just water alone.

Rob Ottow

Feb 2, 2015, 2:30 am Reply

How criminal is that background music. Thug life with Jamie Oliver


Feb 2, 2015, 2:44 am Reply


John Wong Kim Siong

Feb 2, 2015, 3:22 am Reply

Been waiting for this.


Feb 2, 2015, 3:43 am Reply

yo jamie can you make a Macaron recipe? from a sick baker always failing mine

Beautiful Tangled Mess

Feb 2, 2015, 4:04 am Reply

I really like the idea of using grape juice instead of wine! Who knew! You could probably use white grape juice too, no?

Super Rabbit

Feb 2, 2015, 4:22 am Reply

Can you guys do one for keeping fresh herbs fresh long term?

Amanda Rossouw

Feb 2, 2015, 5:05 am Reply

Use stock any kind will do the trick.


Feb 2, 2015, 5:37 am Reply

Alternatively, still use the wine or other alcoholic thing, except  leave it in an uncovered bowl overnight before you want to use it. More alcohol evaporates this was than cooking it.

Eugene Stepanian

Feb 2, 2015, 7:15 am Reply

Где субтитры?

Kathleen Craig

Feb 2, 2015, 9:03 am Reply

There are a group of us out here who have Alcohol Intolerance which is like an allergy that manifests like food poisoning. As mentioned by others, NO, it doesn't all burn off. Thank you for bringing attention to this. Other substitution alternatives that can be good depending on the recipe are chicken stock and vinegars.

The Craft Beer Channel

Feb 2, 2015, 9:26 am Reply


Olivia Butters

Feb 2, 2015, 10:01 am Reply

Hi Jamie, are you coming to visit Tasmania on your trip to Australia?

Carlo Leon

Feb 2, 2015, 10:15 am Reply

Are this people commenting below kidding or they are just retards


Feb 2, 2015, 10:19 am Reply

We always have cookingwine at home, very easy to keep in the fridge unlike having a bottle of real wine and not using it all. Also here in sweden we can't just buy alcohol anywhere, but cookingwine can be bought in regular stores.

Donal Skehan

Feb 2, 2015, 10:38 am Reply

I get asked that question ALL the time! Great explanation J! 🙂


Feb 2, 2015, 11:30 am Reply

there is also Verjuice as well as a smaller portion of vinegar topped up with water.

Andrea Tani

Feb 2, 2015, 11:35 am Reply

I'm LOVING LOVING LOVING and LOVING these quick basic tips and howto videos.
Thank you very much for posting them!

Michael Thomas

Feb 2, 2015, 11:43 am Reply

There are decent non-alcoholic wines available these days, at least stateside. I often cook for Mormon and other very religious families and end up using O'douls beer and ARIEL wines when cooking for them because cooking doesn't always remove all of the alcohol.

Constantinos Stephanides

Feb 2, 2015, 3:14 pm Reply

Try substituting wine with vinegar. But not in equal amounts. About 1 Tbs for each glass of wine. For the flavour though not for deglazing.


Feb 2, 2015, 3:27 pm Reply

Simple tip but very important for those of us who don't like to use wine in cooking. Thanks!


Feb 2, 2015, 3:34 pm Reply

Who doesn't want wine!? :')


Feb 2, 2015, 3:35 pm Reply

The answer to a question in almost every recipe video with alcohol in it. 

Ligia Caldwell

Feb 2, 2015, 4:21 pm Reply

Chef Oliver says it all at the end of the video: These tips might be simple but they are kinda important… agreed : ) and thank you for this series. I really appreciate and enjoy them : )


Feb 2, 2015, 5:00 pm Reply

How To Subsitute Wine In Cooking:

you don't.


Feb 2, 2015, 5:04 pm Reply

I use Vermouth. It's pretty awesome.
It's also local for me (I live in France..and I buy a Vermouth made in a city just next to mine). 🙂


Feb 2, 2015, 5:05 pm Reply

Beer works for chicken and pork stews too — and you use the whole bottle (which isn't that big), so no waste.


Feb 2, 2015, 5:56 pm Reply

You don't even need to use wine with alcohol, you can simple just buy Cooking Wine or buy alcohol free wine.

Cooking Wine is basically free, it costs nothing

Umm Zak

Feb 2, 2015, 9:33 pm Reply

Thank you for answering that question, one I've always wondered and asked but never given an answer to. X

Declan Feeney

Feb 2, 2015, 11:10 pm Reply

Water? Really Jamie? We're not all Jesus Christ! 

Amby Rose

Feb 2, 2015, 11:54 pm Reply

Thank you Uncle Jamie for explaining this because I always wanted to understand why you used alcohol in your dishes! Xxx

Adline Writes

Feb 2, 2015, 12:28 am Reply

Thanks so much Jamie. I'm a Muslim and I've always wondered about substituting wine in recipes. 

Makenzie Mergard

Feb 2, 2015, 1:54 am Reply

You can also use stock instead of wine, if it's a savoury recipe.

Kenny Roberts

Feb 2, 2015, 2:19 am Reply

Use stock

jomund tay

Feb 2, 2015, 7:00 am Reply

woah i didnt know that you can subtitute for juice, but what about white wine? and also some people said apple cider vinegar is a great substitute? what do you think?

Andrew Beaumont

Feb 2, 2015, 8:14 am Reply

What can I substitute for water if I don't have any on hand?

Marcelo Santos

Feb 2, 2015, 4:10 pm Reply

Excellent Tip!

Natasha Fleenor

Mar 3, 2015, 2:59 am Reply

I'm not opposed to using wine. I'm just not educated enough to know the one's that are good quality. 🙂 If I knew what brands were good I would definitely use it!!! Thank you for the tips!

Natasha Fleenor

Mar 3, 2015, 3:06 am Reply

OMGOSH! Some of these comments are redonkculous! Yeah, not actually a word. Lol:-)

FlyDice Productions

Mar 3, 2015, 7:59 am Reply

God bless you Jaime


Mar 3, 2015, 12:34 pm Reply

does grape juice count?


Mar 3, 2015, 6:07 pm Reply

Jamie what happened your face .


Mar 3, 2015, 12:03 am Reply

You'd have to be an idiot not to put red wine in a meat sauce.

Harry Rhodes

Mar 3, 2015, 11:49 pm Reply

I call bullshit. Alcohol doesn't actually fully cook off.


Mar 3, 2015, 4:25 pm Reply

use a combo of juice and vinegar. You will need about a 2:1 ratio of juice:vinegar  and use less than what the amount of wine is calling for (i use about half the total volume of juice/vinegar than what is called for with wine) and you will avoid the dish from being too sweet or sour.

The Raul Guerrero G

Mar 3, 2015, 7:10 am Reply

Once i used grape juice instead or red wine, it actually gave my bolognese a nice flavor, anther thing i like to do is to add a little bit of balsamic vinegar when i caramelize onions, and then i use those onions for a tomato sauce


Mar 3, 2015, 1:35 pm Reply

Use dark balsamic to substitute red wine and white balsamic for white wine.

Hayden Quinn

Mar 3, 2015, 9:04 pm Reply

This is great JO, get asked this all the time : ) 
Thanks for sharing… 

Rukhsara Osman

Mar 3, 2015, 2:08 pm Reply

Could I use stock instead? Do I also add the tiniest bit of sugar to compensate for the sugar in the alcohol?


Mar 3, 2015, 9:14 pm Reply

when i substitute white wine i often just put a splash of white wine vinegar in…. really only a splash but i think it really does make a difference 🙂


Mar 3, 2015, 12:47 pm Reply

So you're saying replace it with fruit juices… im sorry but no !

Ronak Dhingra

Apr 4, 2015, 9:29 pm Reply

this is so obvious and i can't believe it

Hossein Shamloo

Dec 12, 2015, 8:39 am Reply

Thank you Jamie


Jun 6, 2016, 11:42 am Reply

I like it! Use water instead, dead easy.

Rebecca Smithson

Jul 7, 2016, 10:31 am Reply

If you need the alcohol for flavour, e.g.. wine in beef bourgignon etc., try a strong brew of black tea. The tannins found in red wine are also present in black tea (earl grey, english breakfast, english afternoon) and will make it taste great 🙂

Anthony Ingram

Sep 9, 2016, 8:03 am Reply

in culinary school (highschool level) we used vinegar or stock, he mentioned grape juice so what about mixing grape juice with vinegar for you highschoolers in competition where your district wont allow wine


Jun 6, 2017, 12:38 am Reply

It's not the alcohol I can't deal with, but the way wine bottle works is why I hate cooking with wine. I mean I wish it can be stored for like weeks after opening, so I don't have to get drunk every time I cook with it.

YMA Rihab

Nov 11, 2018, 4:35 pm Reply

Vinegar + juice without added sugar + stock

Muhammad Raiyan

Jun 6, 2019, 11:14 am Reply

thanks man im a muslim, so this helps alot

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