Sake (cooking sake)
Sake, a fermented alcoholic beverage made from rice, also is frequently used as a seasoning in cooking, just as wine is. Besides adding its own flavor, sake helps other flavors to be absorbed, counteracts strong odors and tenderizes meat. Sake can be used for teriyaki sauce, marinades and sake-steamed shellfish.
If you prefer not to use sake (alcohol) in your dishes, the flavor will be different, however please feel free to substitute the recommended amount of sake with the same amount of water.