Mirin is a sweet cooking wine made by fermenting sake rice through traditional methods. It has a nuanced and complex sweetness paired with a light syrupy texture. Mirin is a potent flavor enhancer due to its naturally high amount of flavors and is a great addition to sauces, marinades, and stocks. The alcohol also helps eliminate fishiness or unwanted odors. Mirin is a cornerstone of Japanese and Korean cooking as a base of flavor for a variety of different dishes such as dipping sauces, hot pots, and braises.
Uses: Add mirin to your sauces and marinades for improved flavor such as an authentic teriyaki sauce for meats or fish.