Red Wine Vinegar Mushroom & Onion

Sometimes stir-fry gets monotonous.

Chop, oil, fry, stir, sprinkle with salt. Where’s the fun in that?

Trick question. There is no fun.

But one rainy day found me standing in front of the vinegar section in the supermarket, wondering if a new type of vinegar was the missing piece in my life.

Balsamic vinegar was too Italian and wouldn’t fit in with the Asian sauce clique in my kitchen. White vinegar was an old friend that had overstayed its welcome. Beer vinegar had the word “beer” in it and I wasn’t sure I could make it through the checkout line without being humiliated by the classic “You’re not over 21” phrase.

So I tried red wine vinegar, because at least if I were humiliated, red wine would sound classier than beer.

At first, the soy sauce alpha male bristled at the introduction of the new kid. The white vinegar got a little jealous. The cooking wine was disgusted by its red-colored second cousin, once removed.

But that’s okay, because the red wine vinegar made unlikely friends with two little vegetables.

The rest was edible history.

Red Wine Vinegar Mushroom and Onion

Notes: You could experiment with other types of vinegar, but it just doesn’t give the same wine-ish, sweet and sour taste. Alternatively, you can use real red wine plus white vinegar. Still not the same though.

Taste & Texture: The red wine vinegar is complex. It’s like Luxembourg, but it borders sweet, sour, and red wine-y instead of Germany, France, and Belgium. It’s quite a lovely combination, and the crisp onion and mushrooms provide a solid neutral base for that flavor.


  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 2 yellow or red onions (White onions are too pungent.)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • dash of salt


1. Chop up everything nice.

Today was a good camera day.
Today was a good camera day.

2. Cook onions until somewhat wilted. Add a dash of sugar while you’re at it.

This was on another day, when I did a really good job of cutting up the onions into strips.

3. Throw in mushrooms.

They’re not enjoying this.

4. Then add everything else.

Vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, etc.

5. Cook until the onions are translucent and everything is nicely wilted.

I didn’t cook it until the onions were translucent, though, because I just wanted to eat. 

I was actually planning to take these pictures on a previous day, when my cooking skills and camera skills were a little more impressive. However, on that day, something unfortunate happened.

My mother dumped half a head of cabbage into my lovely red wine mushroom & onion stir-fry.

And I proceeded to eat it anyway.


That, my friends, is how things go in this kitchen.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Silvie says:

    Looks and sounds yummy,I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Looking forward to reading your other posts. Thank you for the visit and like on my post. 🙂 Silvie

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      And thanks for visiting me! Let me know how this dish turns out 🙂

  2. Paro says:

    Ah that looks yummy! Even witth mushrooms hah 😀

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      You could always omit the mushrooms, but I can’t vouch for the results! Haha.

  3. fozziemum says:

    Sounds delish! I have a section dedicated to vinegars in my pantry…it’s the Virgo in me heheh red wine,white wine,cider,balsamic,white balsamic,malt,white,thick balsamic,tarragon,shaoxing,verjuice,rice wine….good grief…I need help 😉 thanks for popping in to my blogs and liking my posts by the’s usually animals but I am a foodie so food does make appearances 🙂 Fozziemum

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Holy moly that’s a lot of vinegars. Thanks for visiting me too! By the way can I just say that your profile picture is the cutest thing ever.

      1. fozziemum says:

        Hehehe thank you my Dinnermintz is a sweet girl 🙂 and yes Vinegars..should see my collection of sugars …haahahh 🙂

  4. Rita Poynor says:

    What a great side for my grilled steak tomorrow!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Ab. So. Lute. Lee. It complements steak so well!

  5. Yum, this looks like such a great and simple side dish!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Gotta love the simplicity of stir fry 🙂

  6. Sabrina says:

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and liking the post on the dark chocolate apricot torte. I love your candid writing style and interesting recipes. I think alcohols/vinegars/acids add such an interesting “breath” to food. I have not tried cooking with red wine vinegar before but these mushrooms look tasty! Looking forward to reading more! 🙂

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Agreed! Those liquids add such a nice flavor to food. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Trisha says:

    ooo looks delicious!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Schmanks 🙂 So easy too.

  8. I actually just bought red wine vinegar for the first time and i can’t wait to try this! For me, balsamic vinegar is starting to loose it’s welcome.

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Awesome!! Hope you like it 🙂

  9. This sounds yummy….I will have to try it, as I do love red wine vinegar! Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my blog. All the best to you at University….may you make many new friends with kitchens!

  10. Ume plum vinegar was the vinegar missing from my life. It’s great in couscous 😉

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      I’ve never heard of plum vinegar before! I’ll keep my eyes out next time. Couscous, you say? Interesting.

  11. Thanks for the follow! 😀 I’m slightly addicted to mushrooms, so plan to give your recipe a whirl sometime soon. On another note, I totally agree with you about the whole study thing – I left Oxford last year because I discovered I was more passionate about cooking. If I could find me an apartment with just a bedroom and BIG kitchen (fully equipped with all the gadgets of course), my life would be complete. Sending lots of foodie love your way.

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Yep! I like big kitchens! And good luck to you on your own foodie adventure! 🙂

  12. That is an intriguing take on mushrooms, I’ll definitely try that some time!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      And when you do, let me know how it goes! 🙂

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