Cooking sake

What is it?

Cooking sake is alcoholic, but is meant only for cooking, not for drinking.

How do I use it?

Similar to how Western cuisines use cooking wine, cooking sake is used most often in simmered dishes, adding flavour while tenderizing meats. Its fragrance can also help counteract any unpleasant “fishy” aromas.

What should I buy?

Cooking sake is not so widely available that you’ll have many to choose from – pick up what you can find at an Asian grocer or specialty store. If it’s proving elusive and you are willing to part with a few extra dollars, you can use leftovers of the more expensive, drinkable kind of sake.

Storage:Store for up to 6 months tightly capped in the fridge or a cool, dark place.