Substitute for Beer in Recipe

Substitute for Beer in Recipe

When you are a non-beer user, you have to face difficulties while preparing the dishes with beer, as the main ingredient. Many of you don’t cook those dishes. I’m saying that you are depriving yourself of the taste while you can add a substitute for beer in the recipe. Well, for easy substitutions for beer are generally chicken broth, beef broth, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger ale, white grape juice, etc. You need to use these substitutions as per the type of your recipe. In this article, I’m going to show you how to use these substitutions of beer in your recipe.

Beer Brats Recipe without Beer! 

Taking this quite impossible cooking challenge for new experiments is courageous to me. So, I have chosen this Beer Brats, where beer is the must ingredient, to cook without beer. An alternative to beer, I’m using here apple cider vinegar. I am using this beer substitute for brats not only for accepting a whole new challenge but also, I want my recipes to be low fat and healthy. Let’s learn about what apple cider vinegar is! 

Well, apple cider vinegar has a strong sour flavor and smells quite awful. You can hardly consume it without mixing with anything. But the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are a lot. So, why don’t you use this healthiest component in your cooking so that you can have the taste and its benefits both at the same time? Apple cider vinegar is very helpful in reducing blood sugar levels. My dad has diabetics and he loves beer brats a lot. But beer with high calories is like a poison to him. So, I had to think of a tricky substitute for the beer that can manage his diabetes too. So, I have got apple cider vinegar for this. For your information, it also great for skin, as it improves the skin barrier and has a great quality in preventing skin infections. 

Counting on all these facilities, I had to choose apple cider vinegar to replace beer in the recipe. Let’s see what we need to prepare the “Apple cider Brats”.

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  • Margarine about 2 tbsp.
  • Sliced yellow onions about 2 cups
  • Caraway seeds about 1 tbsp.
  • Bratwurst sausages about 4 
  • Kosher salt about 1/2 tsp.
  • 1/2 bottle (6 oz.) apple cider vinegar. 
  • 4 buns. 
  • Mustard Sauce (optional)


Step 1: You have all your ingredients ready for cooking. Now, you need to melt the margarine over medium-high heat. I’m preparing this dish with all the healthy ingredients. So, I choose margarine as they are made off vegetable fat. As a substitute for margarine, you can also use butter. 

Step 2: Add the sliced onions in the heavy-bottomed skillet, then add caraway seeds. Stir them occasionally, cooking for 5 minutes. Within 5 minutes, the onions start to get tender and transparent in color. Season the mixture with Kosher salt and cook for another 2 minutes. 

Step 3: Nuzzle the bratwurst into the onion mixture, and pour 1/2 bottle of apple cider vinegar. The acerbic texture allows the brats to have a tangy flavor. Anyways, reducing the heat to simmer, cook the brats for 40 minutes. Don’t forget to cover the skillet. Use tongs to turn the brats from time to time for giving a perfect cook. 

Step 4: Warm the buns slightly on the skillet and serve the brats on warm buns to enjoy. Well, I always use mustard sauce while having the bun brats. 

Tips: If you don’t want to wait for 40 minutes to cook this dish. There you can prepare on the grill. All you need to do is to preheat the grill on medium-high heat (375 degrees F). Then place the brats on the grills and cook for 3 minutes each side. Now, transferring them to the skillet with onion mixture, add the apple cider vinegar. to adjust the flavor, let it into a simmer for 10 minutes. 

Within less than 20 minutes, your beer bratwurst sausage aka apple cider brat is ready. 


Crispy Fish beer batter without beer! 

As a substitute for beer in beer batter, I’m adding soda water. With the soda water, you may have the sweet texture that tastes quite different from the taste you get when you use beer. However, preparing crispy fish batter without beer is going to be quite exciting. 

The additional sweetness for adding soda water in your recipe is minimal. If you don’t have the intention to taste your recipe for professionals, you will hardly find any difference. For adjusting the flavor, you can also add 2 tbsp. of lemon juice. Let’s learn the recipe. 

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  • 4 boneless fish fillets
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 bottle (250 ml) soda water
  • 4 cup of Vegetable oil, for deep frying.
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice


Step 1: In a medium bowl, add flour and kosher salt. Mix them with a whisk. Then, you need to make a pocket or hole in the center of the flour. 

Step 2: Now, slowly add soda water as beer substitute into the hole and stir heavily to combine them perfectly. When done, your batter is ready. Add the lemon juice into the mixture. 

Step 3: In a large saucepan, add 4 cups of vegetable oil. as we are deep frying the fish, the oil has to be perfectly warm. Turn on the stove and put over medium heat.

Step 4: Dip the fishes into the batter and evenly coat the fishes dipping for 3 times. Into the hot oil, deep-fry the fish, one piece at one time. Cook for 5 minutes each or until they get crispy and golden in color. Continue the same procedure with the remaining pieces. The heat should remain the same or else, you won’t get the crispiness. 

Transfer your fish batter into a casserole dish lined with paper towels so that they can absorb the extra oil from your fish. 

Alike, the previous recipes, you can add chicken or beef broth as the substitute for beer in chili. As you know, chili is a spicy stew, popular Asian cuisine contains chili pepper, ground sausage, pork, beef, etc. Beer is an important ingredient to adjust the spicy texture in chili. Anyways, as using chicken/ beef broth results the same as beer. When I prepared that, I didn’t find any difference in taste.



For an individual dish, you can use a different substitute for beer in cooking. The main purpose of adding these substitutes is to reduce extra calories of beer. If you want more recipes with what can be used instead of beer, let us know via comment or email.

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