For 1/4 cup of Marsala wine, 1 teaspoon brandy and a 1/4 cup grape juice or 1/4 cup dry white wine may be used as a substitute. Marsala wine may also be replaced with the same amount of port wine or Madiera wine.
A 1/8 cup dry sherry with 1/8 cup sweet vermouth may also be used as a substitute for 1/4 cup of Marsala wine. Marsala wine is a fortified wine from Sicily that comes in two broad types: sweet and dry. Sweet Marsala wine is usually drunk as a dessert wine or used in tiramisu and zabligone. Dry Marsala wine is better for savory cooking.