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How to Fix a Dish That is Too Spicy

How to Fix a Dish That is Too Spicy

Have you ever gotten a little too overenthusiastic in the kitchen and made things too spicy? Spilled some extra chili powder or accidentally added a little too much pepper to that fantastic dish you’re cooking?

It happens all the time, a mistake is a mistake. But what do you do? In a panic you consider tossing the whole dish into the waste, feed it to pets, or maybe use our easy guide to recover and save what you’ve made.


Depending on the dish, try adding some citrus juice. Lemon or lime work best with most flavors. You can even try vinegar, chopped pineapples or tomato juice.



Add shredded or cubed carrots. You can also substitute carrots with potatoes to temper heat. The sugar in them helps to fight the spiciness due to their porous texture which helps in absorbing spice.

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It may sound stupid and pointless but you’d be surprised at what adding peanut butter or tahini, a sesame seed paste, can do in toning down a peppery dish.



Sugar can help counteract a spicy dish. Try adding a teaspoon of granulated sugar, a spoonful of honey or even a squirt of ketchup to tone down a spicy dish.



If the spicy dish in question is a chili, sauce or anything that can take being thinned down then add a ladle full of broth. This will spread out the heat more per serving, thus toning it down.



Dairy tempers spice. Stir in a tablespoon at a time of yogurt, milk, sour cream, coconut milk or a mild cheese like Parmesan to counteract overly hot flavors. If you can’t or don’t have time to incorporate dairy into the dish, offer sour cream or yogurt on the side.

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Try these tips in your hour of need and give us your feedback in the comments below.

Self-professed gardener. Often found poking nose into the fridge. Determined to cook and try every dish on the planet, one at a time. #getspicesgetcooking

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