Do you want to learn how to add the correct amount of salt to ground meat? How much salt to use with a certain amount of ground meat? Does the amount of salt depend on the type of meat you have? And when do you even need to season ground meat with salt? So, here is your secret to perfectly salted ground meat.
In 90% of the recipes where you have minced meat as an ingredient, you do not see the exact amount of salt you should add. You see the words “to your taste”. Even I have this in my recipes. That’s why in this post, I’m trying to help you figure out the amount of salt that should get you a perfectly seasoned dish.
How to salt ground meat
Let’s start with the most important question. How much salt do you really need to add to ground meat? No matter which dish with minced meat you are cooking at home, you should remember a simple rule:
Add salt 1% – 2% by weight of ground meat
So for example, you should add 10 – 20 g of salt per 1 kg of ground meat. However, everyone has their own developed taste palate. That is why there is no strict percentage of salt to add. You should start with the lowest amount and then keep adding seasoning until you get the required result. Besides, remember how many types of salt you can find in stores, nowadays.
I know that you may not have access to scales, so it will be difficult for you to measure out salt. I have a perfect post, where you will find out how to measure salt with teaspoons and tablespoons: How to measure salt with spoons.
Salt to ground meat ratio grams
I have decided to include the following calculations to spare you some time. Here is the list with how much salt to add to mice, depending on its weight:
- 100 g ground meat – 1-2 g salt
- 200 g ground meat – 2-4 g salt
- 300 g ground meat – 3-6 g salt
- 400 g ground meat – 4-8 g salt
- How much salt for 500 g ground meat – 5-10 g salt (about 1 or 1.5 metric teaspoons of salt)
- 600 g ground meat – 6-12 g salt
- 700 g ground meat – 7-14 g salt
- 800 g ground meat – 8-16 g salt
- 900 g ground meat – 9-18 g salt
- 1 kg ground meat – 10-20 g salt
- 1.5 kg ground meat – 15-30 g salt
- 2 kg ground meat – 20-40 g salt
- 3 kg ground meat – 30-60 g salt
- 4 kg ground meat – 40-80 g salt
- 5 kg ground meat – 50-100 g salt
You can always use a metric tablespoon (15 ml) to measure out salt for ground meat. You have around 18 to 20 g of salt in one tablespoon (depending on the type of salt).
When should you season ground meat with salt?
I am afraid I will sound stupid to you when I say that you should always follow the recipe that you have when deciding when to add salt to your recipe. Just hear me out. There are a lot of peculiarities to seasoning dishes. And the process itself depends on many factors. Whether you are frying or baking, braising or steaming. Whether you are making a sauce, for example, for pasta, or boiling stock with ground meat. Maybe you are making are stuffing with minced meat where you have a bunch of other ingredients or simply baking a meatloaf with only ground beef and seasoning.
I have a perfect article: Salting Food – How to add salt during cooking. Check it out. There you will find some helpful tips that will ease your mind and make your cooking experience more pleasant.
However, you should remember one more thing. Only you can decide what the right amount of salt is. And despite the minced meat/salt ratio that I have here, you should rely on your taste while seasoning ground meat. Because, for some, the same dish can be oversalted, while for others, it can be perfectly seasoned or even undersalted.
You should always check the dish for saltiness while you are cooking it. Start with the lesser amount and add some more gradually.
I agree that sometimes it is hard to check the salt, for example, when you make stuffing or prepare ground meat for patties, meatloaves, meat pies, etc. Do not ever eat raw ground meat! However, you can form a small meatball and use the two following options to cook it. You can microwave it on a plate or fry it in a pan on the stove until it is cooked. Then taste and decide whether this amount of salt is enough.
Salt is a perfect flavor enhancer. It can intensify or balance out all the different flavors that you have in a dish. That is why oversalting can be a very serious problem, as it is really hard to fix improperly seasoned dishes. I have an article where I share several methods to counteract adding too much salt to ground meat: What do you do if you oversalt food?
How much salt to add to 1 pound of ground beef? There is a simple rule to adhere to: add salt 1% – 2% by weight. So, you need to add around ¾ to 1 ½ teaspoons of salt per 1 pound of ground beef.
How much salt for 500 g of ground pork? You should add around 5 to 10 grams of salt for every 500 g of ground meat?
How much do I add to a pound of ground turkey? Use around 4 g of salt for each pound of ground turkey.
How much salt to use to season ground chicken? Use around 15-20 g of salt per kilo of ground chicken.
How to season ground poultry with salt? For every kilo of ground poultry, use 2-3 teaspoons (15 ml) of salt. For every pound of ground poultry, add 1-1.5 teaspoons of salt.
Ground meat is one of those staple ingredients that you should definitely use in your kitchen. There is a variety of recipes that can make a great backbone for your weakly meal plans. Here are some of my favorite recipes that you should give a try:
- How to make pelmeni
- Kotleti recipe
- Ground beef puff pastry pie recipe
- Minced meat and mashed potato pie recipe
- Stuffed croquettes with ground beef recipe
And here is your secret to perfectly salted ground meat. I hope that the information in the article was helpful and you learned the basics of the process of salting ground meat. Feel free to share the post with your friends. And if you still have any questions left, leave them in the comment section below.