How to get salt out of cooked meat? (+5 Fixes)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to get salt out of cooked meat?”, and how to fix salty food?

How to get salt out of cooked meat?

Place the overly salty meat in a bowl full of cold water and let It sit at room temperature. The salt will slowly move from the meat into the cold water. 

The water should be changed between 4-6 hours If the salt crystals are still visible on the surface of the meat. If you cannot see any salt crystals, the water needs to be changed after 6-10 hours. 

If the meat is not too salty, It only needs to be soaked for about 10-12 hours. For overly salty meat, soak as long as 72 hours to get maximum salt out of the meat.

Boiling the meat followed by boiling will further lessen its salt content. Do not add additional salt into the water, stock, or broth in which you leave the meat for boiling.

The addition of other ingredients especially potatoes will further encourage the removal of salt from the meat.

Shopping tips for reducing salt

Over-consumption of salt can lead to hypertension and ultimately kidney failure. To reduce your intake of salt and stick to the 1 tsp of recommended salt dose, you need to follow some shopping tips which we are about to disclose.

Processed meats like ham, bacon, cured meats, lunch meats, and ready-to-cook meats like breaded chicken tenders and country-fried steak are unusually high in salt. Your best bet is to go for fresh meats instead.

For fresh or frozen chicken or turkey, make sure they haven’t been dipped in a salt solution. To ensure this, check the label for terms like “saline”, “broth”, and “sodium solution”.

Instead of buying canned vegetables, buy their fresh or frozen counterparts. If you, for some reason, have to buy the canned version, make sure the label says “no salt added”. 

Similarly, opt for reduced or low-sodium varieties of condiments like soy sauce, ketchup, and salad dressings.

Cooking tips for reducing salt

When cooking food, season It with ingredients like herbs, spices, citrus juices, vinegar, onions, and garlic instead of salt. Adopt cooking methods like braising, sautéing, grilling, and roasting to limit the addition of seasonings including salt.

Include potassium high foods in your diet to counter the sodium levels. These foods include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and greens. Cook rice and pasta with homemade seasoning so that you have a lot of autonomy over the amount of added salt. 

Rinse and drain any canned vegetable with water to remove as much salt as possible. Do not use salt to cook oatmeal and other cereals. Add some milk and honey to enhance flavor. Give yourself some time to get familiar with the less salty foods.

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How to fix salty food?

Add potato 

We do not guarantee this would work but It is not a bad idea If you do not have a choice. Simply place a whole unpeeled potato into your dish and cook as you would. The potato should be removed before serving.

Add water 

For liquid-based dishes like soups and stews, the addition of a little water will dilute the salt. To adjust the consistency of your soup or stew, add the cornstarch slurry to thicken it so that you won’t have to boil the mixture to thicken it and get back to where you started. 

You can also add a puree of white rice and water. For dishes like marinara and chili, add a splash of sodium-free crushed tomato or tomato paste.

Add dairy ingredients 

Add milk or cream to your liquid-based dishes. You can add Sour cream or nonfat plain yogurt to chilis, tomato-based dishes, casseroles, etc. 

Low-sodium cheese like Swiss, Monterrey Jack, or ricotta due to its creamy texture can also be added to your creamy dishes to counter saltiness. Oversalted chicken breast can be smothered to lessen the salty taste. Similarly, add some ricotta cheese into overly salty mac and cheese.

Soak it up 

Add additional ingredients like veggies including potatoes, and unslated and cooked beans and rice. Cook your spice in clarified butter or oil using the chhaunk technique to lessen the impact of salt. 

Similarly, serve your overly salted food with other ingredients such as overly salted taco meat with avocado.

Add a sweetener or an acid

Any sweetener like brown or white sugar, honey, stevia, or molasses can counteract a bit of saltiness.

A little acid in the form of lemon juice or vinegar will help mask the effect of salt.


In this article, we answered the question “How to get salt out of cooked meat?”, and how to fix salty food?


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