Rice vinegar, an cooking ingredient, has multiple uses in Asian cuisine. Rice vinegar can be added to hot and cold recipes and can enhance the flavor of basic meat and vegetables dishes. You can also use rice vinegar as a green household cleaner for counters, floors and bathrooms.

Stir Fry

Stir fry typically makes use of Asian sauces, such as soy sauce or eel sauce, and a touch of rice vinegar can add extra flavor and a more authentic touch to the dish. Saute ingredients such as chicken, beef, snap peas and baby corn, and add a tablespoon each of soy sauce and rice vinegar.


A simple salad dressing can be made using rice vinegar and any type of oil such as olive, canola or vegetable. Sprinkle two tablespoons of rice vinegar and one tablespoon of the oil on top of your preferred salad ingredients. Incorporate the dressing well by tossing the salad before serving.

Fruits and Vegetables

Rice vinegar has a subtle quality and can be added to vegetable or fruit dishes without overpowering your taste buds. You can sprinkle rice vinegar over a vegetable side dish of broccoli or carrots to enhance the flavor. Rice vinegar can also be used to make fruit salad dressing, because the vinegar does not leave a salty aftertaste.


Rice vinegar, like most vinegars, can be used as a nonabrasive, natural cleaning agent. Mix equal parts rice vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean counters and sinks. You can also mix a few cap fulls of rice vinegar in a bucket of water when mopping floors.