Tips For Fixing an Over-Salted Dish

Posted: April 2016

Chef Success Team

It can happen to the best of us.  You're in a busy kitchen, and your clients are waiting for their meal.  You've got to make sure that everything goes out on time and is perfectly executed.  It is easy to add salt twice, or to over-estimate how much salt a dish will need.  So what do you do? 

Throwing this dish out and starting from scratch is a bit drastic, especially when your clients are sitting at the dining table, eagerly waiting for a delicious meal to be presented to them.   There are several ways that you can save the dish and here are a few ideas...

If you have enough ingredients and time, then make an additional batch of your dish without (or with less) salt and add it slowly to the original batch, until you have the desired flavour.

Water, which may reduce the intensity of the flavour of your dish, can be substituted with a no-salt broth, wine, sour cream, yoghurt or cream.

Add ingredients, such as rice, potatoes, quinoa, pasta etc. as these tend to absorb salt from the cooking liquid.  If you’d rather not have these items in your end product, add large chunks of potato to soak up the salt, and then remove them before serving.

Add volume to your dish by adding extra ingredients, such as veggies, to ‘bulk up the dish.’  For example, try tomatoes (if using canned tomatoes, use a no-salt version), legumes or greens.

Once you have dealt with the salt, you may need to re-season the dish again, and this can easily be done with adding fresh herbs or spices.

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