Marsala Wine Substitutes

What is a Marsala wine substitute? A good Marsala wine substitute is to add a bit of alcohol to a white wine - mixed in the proper proportions according to our table. Marsala wine, made in Italy and best known for creating thick caramel-like sauces, can be substituted. Looking for a substitute for Marsala wine? You've come to the right place to find a marsala wine substitute.

There are many different types of wines and many are used in marinating, cooking and even baking. Usually a dry Marsala is used for beef and savory dishes while a sweet Marsala is used for chicken and desserts. You can generally substitute dry Marsala for sweet Marsala, but usually not the other way around. Use this table to find a proper substitute for Marsala wine.

Marsala Wine Substitutes

Amount Substitute
Marsala Wine substitute 1/4 Cup 1/4 Cup Grape Juice +Plus 1 teaspoon Brandy
*OR* 1/4 Cup dry White Wine +Plus 1 tsp Brandy -> heat and add a touch of brown sugar to substitute for sweet marsala
*OR* 1/8 Cup dry Sherry +plus 1/8 Cup sweet Vermouth
*OR* 1/4 Cup of Port Wine
*OR* 1/4 Cup of Madiera Wine

Please note that a Marsala wine substitute may alter the final outcome of your recipe in either taste, texture, moisture or smell. But, in the case of substituting for Marsala wine, the items listed will be very close to this unique wine named for the region of Italy that it is produced and provide a suitable substitute for Marsala wine.

Marsala wine will last for about a month once opened, longer if you can remove the air from the bottle before capping. For more information on the shelf life of wine visit our wine page.

For more information on the shelf life of beer visit our beer page and for more information on other alcohol products visit our liquor page.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.