Sherry is a brandy-fortified wine used in cooking to add acidity and depth of flavor. While an appropriate replacement for sherry in cooking depends upon the specific recipe, chicken broth or plain water are often acceptable substitutes. White wine, red wine, wine vinegar or champagne may also be suitable alternatives if the flavor or sweetness corresponds with the flavors of your dish. If you do not wish to add alcohol to your dish, fruit juices are a viable substitute, although the depth of flavor will not be the same.
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Combine 1/2 cup of cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water with 2 tbsp. table sugar and 1 tsp. of lemon juice as a substitute for 1 cup of sherry wine.
Add 2 tsp. of vanilla extract to replace sherry in your recipe. If you prefer alcohol-free vanilla, you can purchase pure, non-alcoholic vanilla extract from a health food store or specialty market.
Use an equivalent amount of hard apple cider or French vermouth to replace sherry in stews, sauces or soups that require some cooking time.
Substitute equal amounts of freshly squeezed orange juice, apple juice or canned pineapple juice if your recipe calls for a sweet sherry.