What can I substitute for lime juice?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “what can I substitute for lime juice?”. Moreover, we will discuss what are the benefits and nutritional components of lime juice and its substitutes.

What can I substitute for lime juice?

In case of shortage of lime juice, it can be substituted with lemon juice that may be in baking or cocktail form, orange juice, lime zest, white wine vinegar, citrus zest, vinegar, black lime, bottled lime juice and also juices of some other citrus fruits.

Lime juice

Limes are rounded, bright in colour, and are a type of citric fruit. These are referred to as a powerhouse of nutritional components such as antioxidants, Vitamin c, and other nutritional components.

Their liquid part is extracted which is termed lime juice.

Lime is a versatile fruit that is produced in a different variety as Persian lime, Key lime, desert lime, and makrut lime, these all require different areas for growth that’s why it has a different aroma, tastes and also its availability varies.

Lime Nutrition

This small rounded fruit is mostly enriched with Vitamin C, but some other nutrients are as follows,

  • Calories: 20
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Fat content: 0.1 grams
  • Protein: 0.5 grams
  • Fibre: 1.9 grams
  • Vitamin C is 22 per cent of the reference daily intake (RDI)
  • Iron is 2 per cent of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6 is 2 per cent of the RDI
  • Calcium is 2 per cent of the RDI
  • Potassium content is 1 per cent of the RDI
  • Thiamin content is 2 per cent of the RDI

Lime also consists of some other nutritional factors like niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, and folate.

Best substitutes for lime juice

Following are some of the substitutes of lime juice, 

Lime Zest

Lime zest is a good alternative to lime juice. It gives more brightness than the juice. It is mostly recommended in baking goods. It should be used when lime is available but not the juice. One tablespoon of lime juice is equal to half a teaspoon of lime zest.

Orange juice

The taste and flavour of both orange and lime juice are not quite similar but they can be used in place of lime. It can be used as a substitute for lime juice one by one.

White wine vinegar

White wine vinegar is a good alternative to lime juice but only in the case of savoury recipes and dressings of salad. It is not recommended to use in baking because in baking its flavour and taste can be overpowering. The flavour of white wine vinegar is very strong. So, it should be used carefully. 

One tablespoon of lime juice is equal to half a tablespoon of white wine vinegar. It can be used as a substitute for lime juice in marinades. White wine vinegar is recommended to use as a substitute when all other substitutes are not available and white wine vinegar is the last option.

Lemon juice (in cocktails and baking goods)

Lemon juice is one of the perfect substitutes for lime juice. Lemon and lime both are citric fruits having approximately equal acidity and flavour.

It should be used in the same amount. Lemon juice as a substitute for lime juice is mostly beneficial in cocktail recipes like mint margarita also tastes as amazing as lime juice. Lime pie can have a good alternative in the form of lemon.

Lemon juice is also a complete substitute for lime juice in savoury recipes.

Lime acts as a key flavour in Mexican cuisine and Latin. Lemon can work as an alternative having a quite similar taste but it can’t fully replace the zing of lime.

Other Fruit juice

If lime is not available, we can use other citric fruits after squeezing their juice. This citric fruit can be grapefruit and orange. However, citric fruits are less acidic and sweeter than lime. So, their quantity and function depend upon the recipe.

Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent substitute for lime juice. Vinegar of any type such as apple cider, white wine or red wine vinegar, etc. can be used. Vinegar has a subtle sweetness and is more potent. 

So, it is always recommended to use 1:2 for vinegar and lime juice. Vinegar is a good alternative in some of the recipes like salsa, ceviche, and salad dressings.

It is a good source of antioxidants that gives protection against various free radicals which are responsible for many disorders like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “what can I substitute for lime juice?”. Moreover, we have discussed what are the benefits and nutritional components of lime juice and its substitutes.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/limes#nutrition
https://spoonuniversity.com/recipe/alfredo-how-to
https://www.acouplecooks.com/best-substitute-for-lime-juice/

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