What Can I Put in Food to Make it Less Spicy?

Updated April 17, 2017

Although you may love spicy food, you may need to make it less spicy for guests or family members; when you put too many spices in a dish, they overpower the other ingredients in the dish. If you need ideas on how you can reduce the spiciness of a dish, read online food articles and print magazines such as Food Network Magazine or Good Housekeeping.

Add Water or Low-sodium Broth

Dilute a spicy dish with 1 or 2 cups of water or low-sodium broth. For example; if you made a chilli too spicy, you can add 1 to 3 cups of water or broth to reduce the spiciness in the meal. Or if you added a little too much red pepper flakes in your vegetable soup, some low-sodium vegetable broth may keep the soup from tasting too spicy.

Plain Yogurt or Sour Cream

Add some yoghurt or sour cream. This is especially useful if you prepared a curry with too many spices. The yoghurt or sour cream absorbs some of the hot flavours in your curries. Or, if you have too much chilli powder or cayenne pepper in your spaghetti sauce, add sour cream to give your sauce a creamy texture.

Add Honey or Other Sweet Ingredients

If you made an Asian-inspired dish and it's too spicy, you can add a little honey, sugar or another sweetener to reduce the spiciness. Do not too put much sweetener in the dish, as this can overpower the other ingredients.

Add Rice and Vegetables

For a stew that's too spicy, save the dish by adding extra cups of cooked rice and vegetables such as potatoes, celery, yellow squash, carrots and zucchini. The rice and vegetables soak up some of the spices and, as a result, reduce the excess spice in the stew.

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