Substitute for Beer in Recipe

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When you’re not a fan of beer or can’t consume it, cooking dishes with beer as a star ingredient can be a real bummer. But fret not, dear reader, for I’m here to save your taste buds from boredom! Say hello to a world of beer substitutes, like chicken broth, beef broth, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger ale, and white grape juice. These versatile alternatives can be easily swapped into recipes, depending on the dish. So, let’s dive in and learn how to make these beer-free substitutions shine in your culinary creations!

Beer Brats Recipe without Beer! 

Taking on this wildly audacious cooking challenge is my middle name, so behold: Beer Brats, sans beer! Instead, we’re inviting apple cider vinegar to the party. Sure, it’s a bit of a curveball, but I’m all about low-fat, healthy grub that still packs a flavor punch. Let’s get acquainted with apple cider vinegar, shall we? 

Oh, ACV, you pungent, face-puckering potion, you! On its own, it’s not exactly a treat, but the health benefits are no joke. So why not sneak this wholesome elixir into your cooking and score both taste and wellness points? For example, apple cider vinegar is a champ at reducing blood sugar levels. My dear old dad, a diabetic and beer brat aficionado, had to steer clear of calorie-laden beer, but ACV swooped in to save the day. Bonus: it’s a skin superhero too, boosting the skin barrier and fending off infections. Who knew?! 

With so many fantastic perks in its corner, apple cider vinegar was the clear choice to replace beer in the recipe. So, buckle up, friends! It’s time to gather ’round and whip up some scrumptious “Apple Cider Brats.” Let the culinary adventure begin!


  • 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)

Directions: Apple Cider Brats, Step by Step!

Step 1: Assemble your ingredients like a culinary superhero. Time to melt that margarine over medium-high heat. Why margarine? Because we’re keeping it health-conscious here, folks. But hey, if you’re feeling rebellious, butter is an option too.

Step 2: Toss those sliced onions into a heavy-bottomed skillet with a sprinkle of caraway seeds. Give ’em a stir, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions start to resemble a tear-jerking romantic movie. Add a dash of Kosher salt and cook for another 2 minutes.

Step 3: It’s bratwurst time! Nestle those bad boys into the onion mixture, and douse them with half a bottle of apple cider vinegar for that tangy twist. Lower the heat, cover the skillet, and let them simmer for 40 glorious minutes. Pro tip: Use tongs to turn the brats occasionally, ensuring they cook evenly and avoid any surprise raw bits.

Step 4: Time to get those buns toasty and cozy in the skillet – we’re talking just warm enough to make your brats feel right at home. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good dollop of mustard on my bun brats.

Pro Tip: If the thought of waiting 40 minutes for your culinary masterpiece has you antsy, fire up the grill! Preheat that bad boy to medium-high heat (375°F) and give the brats a good sear – 3 minutes per side should do it. Next, transfer them to the skillet with the onion mixture and introduce them to the apple cider vinegar. Let it all simmer for 10 minutes to mingle those flavors.

Voilà! In under 20 minutes, you’ve got yourself a beer bratwurst sausage turned apple cider brat sensation!

Crispy Fish Batter Sans Beer? You Bet! 

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Who says you need beer for beer batter? Let’s replace beer with soda water and take our taste buds on a wild ride! Sure, it might lend a slightly different sweetness, but hey, we’re all about excitement here.

Fear not, the sweetness from the soda water is subtle, so unless you’re feeding a horde of expert food critics, the difference will be barely noticeable. And for a flavor upgrade, just add 2 tbsp. of lemon juice! Time to dive into this fizzy, crispy fish adventure!


  • 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

Instructions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Crispy Fish (Hold the Beer)

Step 1: In a medium bowl, mix flour and kosher salt with a whisk. Then, create a little crater in the center of the flour mixture.

Step 2: Time to pour soda water (our sneaky beer substitute) into that crater and give it a good stir to combine. Voila, your batter is born! Add some lemon juice for an extra zing.

Step 3: In a large saucepan, pour in 4 cups of vegetable oil. We’re going for a deep-fry extravaganza here, so get that oil nice and warm over medium heat.

Step 4: Dip each fish piece into the batter, giving it a triple-dunk for maximum coating goodness. Then, deep-fry each piece in the hot oil for about 5 minutes or until they reach crispy golden nirvana. Keep the heat steady for optimal crunch. Repeat with the remaining fish pieces.

Pro tip: Let the fried fish chill on a paper towel-lined casserole dish to absorb any excess oil.

As for chili recipes, you can swap out the beer for chicken or beef broth to tame the heat. Trust me, your taste buds won’t know the difference!

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Conclusion to Beer Substitute: The Last Swig

So there you have it, folks! You can swap beer for various substitutes in your cooking adventures, all in the name of cutting some extra calories. If you’re hungry for more beer-less recipes, don’t be shy! Drop us a comment or shoot us an email, and we’ll cook up something tasty together.

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