Mirin bottle

What is mirin and where can you buy it?

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Discover what mirin is, where to shop for it, and how to use it in our ingredient glossary

What is mirin?

Mirin is a sweetened rice wine used in Japanese cooking. It’s similar to sake but is sweeter and has a lower ABV. It is great for marinades, salad dressings and stir-fries, as well as broths, glazes and sauces. Mirin is a key ingredient in teriyaki sauce.


Where to buy mirin

Cooks’ Ingredients Mirin Rice Wine, £2.50/150ml, Waitrose

Clearspring Organic Japanese Mikawa Mirin, £4.49/150ml, Amazon

Mirin recipes

Togarashi tomahawk

This BBQ steak recipe is a real crowd pleaser. We have created a togarashi spice mix to give the steak Japanese flavours of sesame, nori seaweed and zesty dried mandarin, and basted the steak in miso and rice wine vinegar.

Togarashi Tomahawk

Roasted roots with umami dressing

Add some extra flavour to your dishes with umami, a deep savoury taste sensation that can be used as a salad dressing or to perk up a side dish of roasted vegetables.

Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe With Umami

Foil-baked mushrooms

Check out this flavoursome veggie mushroom side dish from Scott Hallsworth’s Asian junk-food restaurant, Freak Scene.

Baked Mushrooms Recipe