Sake isn’t the mysterious beverage that it once was. With sake-focused stores cropping up across the country and even wine and liquor stores dedicating shelves to bottles of junmai and ginjo, it’s easy to find great sake to drink at home—especially if you bone up with our expert buying guide. While it’s great to have a few bottles on hand to pair with almost anything from the obvious sushi to the less obvious cheese, sake is also terrific to cook with. Try using it to steam shellfish instead of the usual white wine, to cure fish or even in a marinade for steak. Here, the best recipes to make with sake.
1. Sake-Steamed Clams
These easy clams are steamed in sake and seasoned with scallions and spicy togarashi.
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2. Sake-Marinated Beef Ribs
Ribs become ultra-tender after a night marinating in sake.