How to Get a Salty Taste Out of Meat Once It Is Cooked

Updated April 17, 2017

Once meat has been cooked with too much salt, the strong salty taste is hard to remove. Too much salt is also unhealthy. Salt or salty seasonings should always be used sparingly. However, if the salt has already been added, you can still try to save your meat rather than throwing it out. Several things that can be done to reduce, change and lessen the too strong salty taste.

Place the meat, whole, in a 2-qt. pan that can be used on your stove, or place the meat in a crock pot, set on low. Add 1/2 qt., or 2 inches, of water. Bring the water to a boil, and reduce the heat to simmer, using a lid for the pan or crock pot. Add 2 tbsp of butter, preferably unsalted, to help reduce the salty taste.

Cut up raw vegetables using a sharp knife and a cutting board. Toss vegetables such as carrots, beans, potatoes, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms or celery into the pan or crock pot to help absorb the salt in the cooked meat.

Add additional seasonings to modify the salty taste. Add spices and herbs such as garlic, basil, dill, mustard powder or onion powder to enhance alternate tastes and change or dilute the salty taste. Chop and add an onion if you do not have onion powder. Cook the whole meat in the pan for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are done. Cook the meat in the crock pot for 2 hours on low.

Drain the meat and vegetables using a strainer. Test the meat to see if the too strong salty taste has been reduced, and if it needs to be reduced further chop the meat into small pieces using the knife and cutting board. Set the vegetables aside to be served once the chopped meat is prepared.

Add the chopped meat to 0.454kg. of prepared pasta; then add homemade sauce or gravy to further absorb, change and remove the salty taste. Make the sauce using 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour and 1 cup of milk. Bring the butter and flour to a boil; then stir in the milk. Boil for 2 minutes. Mix the sauce into the pasta and meat, mixing well, or drizzle it over like gravy. Serve on a plate using the cooked vegetables as a side dish. Make your own sauce, as prepared sauce mixes contain salt, and you do not want to add any extra salt.


Be creative in adding ingredients.


Use pot holders or an oven glove while draining the boiled meat, to avoid burns.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-qt. pan
  • Crock pot
  • Butter
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Mustard powder
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Strainer
  • Flower
  • Milk
  • 0.454kg. pasta, prepared
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