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10 Beef Broth Substitute Ideas

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If you're wondering what to substitute for beef broth, we've got 10 great ideas for you!

Beef broth is a savory liquid flavored with beef pieces, vegetables, and spices that is typically used in soups, sauces, casseroles, and other dishes. 

Beef stock and broth are very similar (both have beef pieces and vegetables simmered in water), but beef broth is usually seasoned with aromatics and herbs. 

If you can’t find beef broth or don’t have time to make your own, here are some easy substitutions. 

Beef broth substitute ideas.

What to Substitute for Beef Broth

  1. Beef Boullion Cubes

Bouillon cubes are dehydrated and pressed beef broth. They're about as close to a beef broth substitute as you will find, although they may have more sodium than homemade broth.

To make your broth, combine 1 cup of hot water with 1 bouillon cube. Substitute equal amounts of water (and the corresponding number of bouillon cubes) for an equal amount of beef broth.

Bouillon cubes are great to keep in your pantry. As long as they are stored in a dry place, they'll keep for up to 2 years.

2. Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stock is another delicious and fantastic substitute for beef broth. It's flavorful and can be used in the same amounts as any other broth.

3. Chicken Broth

Chicken broth is an excellent substitute for beef broth as it has a similar preparation - a slow simmer of pieces of meat, vegetables, and aromatics.

It is a rich, flavorful broth that will work well as a substitute in most dishes. Use the same amount of chicken broth that you would beef broth.

4. Water

If beef broth is a smaller component in a recipe (or not the main ingredient), you can usually use water as a substitute.

You may want to amp up the spices or herbs in the recipe to add a little more flavor, but in most cases, water will work just fine. Use the same amount of water as your would broth.

5. Beer 

You can use beer as a substitute for beef broth in many recipes. Beer is very flavorful, so use it sparingly in your recipe as it will change the flavor.

Use the same amount of beer as you would chicken broth in your recipe if it's a small amount, for larger amounts consider adding some water.

6. Mushroom Broth

Mushroom broth is a savory and rich broth. Mushroom broth is made from a combination of water, mushrooms, celery, carrots, onion, and herbs.

You can use equal amounts of mushroom broth as you would beef broth.

7. Soy Sauce and Water

Soy sauce is a great savory liquid, but it's high in sodium so use it sparingly if you don't want to overpower your dish.

You can use 2 teaspoons of soy sauce for every 1 cup of warm water.

8. Dashi 

Dashi is a Japanese soup stock that's very flavorful and is often used in seafood dishes and soups. You can buy instant dashi that's powdered and dissolved in water, similar to bouillon.

One teaspoon of instant dashi should be combined with 2 ½ cups of warm water and stirred till it dissolves.

9. Ramen Seasoning and Water

Ramen seasoning has a similar flavor to bouillon but may have more spice and sodium. You can make your own ramen seasoning blend and add 1 teaspoon of seasoning to 1 cup of water.

10. Worcestershire Sauce and Water

Worcestershire sauce is another great richly flavored liquid. It's made from vinegar, molasses, anchovies, and garlic (amongst other things), so it has a hint of sweet and savory.

You can use 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce for every 1 cup of warm water.

Beef Broth Substitute

Beef broth substitute ideas.

Here are 15 beef broth substitute ideas and how to use them.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • Beef Broth
  • Water
  • White Wine
  • Chicken Bouillon Granules
  • Crushed Canned Cannellini Beans
  • Instant Dashi
  • Aquafaba (Canned Chickpea Liquid)
  • Vegetable Stock 
  • Salted Butter and Water
  • Coconut Milk
  • Mirepoix with Water
  • Ramen Seasoning and Water
  • Italian Seasoning and Water
  • Soy Sauce and Water

Instructions

  1. Beef Bouillon Cubes - combine 1 cup of hot water with 1 bouillon cube. Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  2. Chicken Broth - Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  3. Water - Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  4. Vegetable Stock - Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  5. Beer - Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting. Best for deglazing, don't use if stock is the primary component of the recipe, as it will change the flavor.
  6. Mushroom Broth - Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  7. Soy Sauce and Water - Combine 2 teaspoons of soy sauce with 1 cup of warm water. Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  8. Instant Dashi - Combine 1 teaspoon of instant dashi with 2 ½ cups of warm water and stir till it dissolves. Dashi is a stronger flavor than stock. Use ½ as much as you would beef stock and taste flavor before adding more.
  9. Ramen Seasoning and Water - Combine 1 teaspoon of seasoning with 1 cup of warm water. Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
  10. Worcestershire Sauce and Water - Combine 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce with 1 cup of warm water. Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting.
Beef broth substitution ideas.

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