Beef Broth Substitutes

Need a beef broth substitute? Beef bullion and vegetable broth are both good options for a beef broth substitute, but there are many others. Check our table that includes a beef broth substitute along with a vegetable broth substitute. No need to run to the store if you can find a proper substitute for beef both in your pantry.

Beef Broth Substitutes

Broth Amount Substitute
Beef broth substitute 1 Cup 1 Beef bullion cube +Plus 1 Cup Boiling Water
*OR* 1 Cup Vegetable Broth*
*OR* 1 Cup Mushroom Broth
*OR* 1 Cup Red Wine
*OR* 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce +Plus Water to make 1 Cup
Vegetable Broth substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Homemade Vegetable Broth* (recipe below)
*OR* 1 Cup Chicken Broth

But remember, when making a beef broth substitute results can vary according to your taste. Some beef broth substitutes may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. Notice that you can even use plain water to substitute for beef broth, adding a little butter or oil will with the water will mimic the fat in beef broth. If there is beef in your recipe you will barely notice the substitute for beef broth in most instances, with the exception of the wine substitute for beef broth you will probably recognize the wine taste somewhat in your recipe depending on how much cooks off. Please substitute responsibly!

*You can make a nice vegetable broth at home by boiling the scraps from your cut vegetables (carrots, onions, celery and garlic or whatever you have) and then straining the liquid from the scraps (you can also add some salt to taste)- this makes a great beef broth substitute and is much cheaper and resourceful but still packed with plenty of flavor.

You can boil a soup bone or other fresh meat bone scraps in water to make a homemade beef broth, which is really called beef stock. Add seasonings to taste and remove the bones. For more information on the differences, see our broth vs stock vs bouillon post.

In preparation for making a vegetable broth or a meat broth you can save your scraps in a freezer safe bag in the freezer and add to the bag each time you prepare to cook. When the bag is full, just put the contents into a pot of water and boil for about 30 minutes or so.

If you need a substitute for chicken broth, see our chicken broth substitute 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.