What do you do if you over-salt food? Is your dinner already or can you fix this problem with too salty food just following several simple steps? Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee you 100% successful result as there are such products as, for example, pasta, where you can do almost nothing that will not compromise its taste and in the end, probably, you are going to cook pasta once again. On the other hand, there are such recipes, in which adding too much salt is not even a problem and the fix does not require much effort.

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Here is my list with the most common ways on how to remove excess salt depending on the type of product/dish you are cooking:

  • Meat or fish. To counteract added too much salt in meat and fish you can try freshly squeezed lemon juice. Simply add several drops to fix overly salty taste. If you have too much salt in minced meat, you should add a grated potato, summer squash/zucchini; even blended onion will be a suitable option.
  • Soups. It is the easiest dish where you can still fix things up and the first thing to understand is that the solution depends on the type of soup you are cooking. Pouring extra boiled water to the broth is the easiest option that comes to mind. If you over salt creamy soup, just pour more cream. If the level of saltiness is slightly above desired, sprinkle a pinch of sugar. You can add whole vegetables (carrot and potato being the best option). Simply make sure to clean and peel it before adding to the soup and do not forget to get rid of it before boiled soft. And the final solution to get rid of salty taste is rice. Take a pouch of rice, let it cook for 10 minutes in the soup broth, and then get rid of it.
  • Vegetables. To remove excess salt from a vegetable stew and gravy, add cubed potato or several parsley twigs (in addition to being a great salt absorber, it will add mouth-watering aroma to your dish). You can get rid of these ingredients when the necessary result is achieved.
  • Mushrooms. I decided to single out mushrooms into a separate category, as there are two specific ways to get rid of salty taste that suits mushroom dishes the most. If you are sautéing mushrooms on the stove add sour cream or heavy cream and you will get a delicious side dish. You can also pour half a cup of water with two tablespoons of lemon juice mixed in.
  • Salads. My advice for salads will be the most visible one. To neutralize the level of saltiness in salads you can by adding more of the ingredients that you used before. You can also change the dressing for the salad in favor of sour cream/yogurt-based ones.
  • Mashed potato. Do not worry too much if you over-salt water for boiling potatoes. When potatoes cook through, drain all the water out of the pot. Pour milk (amount according to the recipe), add butter and beat in a fresh egg. If you follow these recommendations then you will not have too much salt in your side dish.
  • Boiled grains. If I added too much salt when boiling grains, I follow several simple steps to get rid of the extra saltiness. Rinse cooked grain under cold running water using a colander or a sieve; put it once again into the pot and pour some boiled water; add a tablespoon of butter and wait until all the added water cooks of on the low heat.
  • Pilaf. It is in a separate category as the solutions for over-salted rice in a pilaf recipe are very particular. First, you can try adding steamed raisins (as some recipes of pilaf, in any case, have raisins as an ingredient). You also have an option to add separately cooked unsalted rice to mix it with salted rise in the pot.
  • Pasta and spaghetti. It is quite a rare thing to over salt pasta as this product loves to be cooked in salted water. And unfortunately there is no perfect way to draw excessive salt out of cooked spaghetti that won’t impact its form and texture. You can try rinsing thoroughly pasta under cold running water, add it to the pot with already boiling water, let it sit for several minutes in it, and then drain all the water. However, as I already mentioned, you will not have perfect al dente pasta for dinner.
  • Sauces (and salad dressing). To neutralize salt in tomato sauce try adding brown sugar little by little, constantly tasting. To fix over salted creamy sauce, you can pour extra cream into the skillet if you have any left (brown sugar is also a possible option). Light sauces for dressing salads will benefit from using freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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What to do if you over-salt food

Hope that all my tips on how to counteract too much salt in food were reasonable and you found a way to solve your problem with over-salted dish. If you have your way to solve such a problem with any product, please, share it with everybody and leave a comment below.

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