Mirin is a sweet cooking wine made by fermenting sake rice until the starches have converted into complex sugars and alcohol. It has a nuanced, complex sweetness and a light syrupy texture. Mirin is a potent flavor enhancer for virtually all foods and is a cornerstone of Japanese and Korean cooking. It is used in sauces, marinades, and stocks. The alcohol helps neutralize odors such as fishiness or gaminess while the sugars and natural flavor of mirin help improve the umai (deliciousness) of food. Mirin is a foundational ingredient that forms a base of flavor for a variety of different dishes such as dipping sauces, hot pots, and braises. Just add a dash of mirin to a variety of foods to improve them!
Ingredients: Glucose syrup, water, alcohol, rice, corn syrup, salt.
Authentic mirin naturally contains alcohol as a byproduct of the fermentation process. Kikkoman aji mirin has 8% ABV.