01/6Give these substitutes for lemon juice a try

Give these substitutes for lemon juice a try

Lemon juice isn't just for drinking. It is a very popular acidic natural ingredient when it comes to baking and cooking. If you aren't allergic or sensitive to it, then you know its citrusy flavour goes well in a variety of dishes - sweet or savoury. You'll also find this juice used in yummy baked goods, jams and jellies. However, what happens when the recipe you are cooking calls for lemon juice and you don't have it around? There is a solution.Here are few substitutes for lemon juice you can try.


02/6Citric acid

Citric acid

Citric acid occurs naturally in lemon juice and pretty much all citric fruits like oranges and tangerines etc. So, if you're looking for lemon juice replacement, citric acid is the best option you have. Around one teaspoon (5 grams) of citric acid is equal in acidity to about 1/2 cup (120 ml) of lemon juice which is why you'll only need a small amount. Buy powdered citric acid and you should be good to go.


03/6Lime juice

Lime juice

One of the best replacements for lemon juice is lime juice. It has a similar acidity level and taste. It also has a similar pH level. Lime juice is the way to go when preserving or canning food. Other lemon juice substitutes like vinegar may not work as well for this purpose as they are less acidic. If you are making a dessert or sweet dish, you may get a slightly different flavour, but it will still be citrusy and tarty.


04/6Orange juice

Orange juice

Even though orange juice is less acidic compared to lemon juice, it can still be a good substitute. It may also impact the flavour of the dish as orange juice is sweeter and is less tarty. However, if you are really desperate and are in need of a replacement for lemon juice, this juice will work well. You may just enjoy the taste it brings to the dish.




Vinegar, used in tiny amounts, can be a good substitute for lemon juice when you are cooking or baking. It also has a similar acidic level and tart to lemon juice. Just make sure to use the right amount of it. Vinegar as a flavour is pungent. It also has a very strong aroma. Therefore, it is not wise to use vinegar as a substitute for lemon juice when the star ingredient of the recipe is lemon juice. It is best to make that dish when you lemons are available to you.


06/6White wine

White wine

White wine can add a lot of flavour to a dish and works well as a substitute for lemon juice. If you are making a savoury dish, you will only require a tiny amount of the wine. Lemon juice and white wine are used in many savoury dishes as their acidity brings out the flavour. It is often used to deglaze pans.