How to Get Too Much Salt Out Of Gravy?

How to Get Too Much Salt Out Of Gravy
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Picture this: You’re expecting visitors tonight for dinner, so you decide to cook a turkey and some mashed potatoes. Of course, you have to make some gravy too. But when you go to add salt to your gravy, the lid of your salt shaker unexpectedly falls off and you pour way too much into it. The salt warps your gravy’s aroma and overpowers its flavor, leaving you thinking you’ve ruined it.¬†

You stand there helpless, wondering whether you should still pour your gravy over your turkey and mashed potatoes. Maybe you don’t have the ingredients to make more or time to go to the supermarket. Don’t worry–there’s no need to cancel your dinner and disappoint your guests. In fact, you can fix the salty gravy. Read on to discover how.

Dilute the Soup

Add Liquid

One way to remove the excess salt from your gravy is by adding water or bone broth to it. Unfortunately, water will make your soup thinner, but you can still fix it by adding a roux. To make a roux, you’ll need one teaspoon of butter and one of flour. Melt the butter first, then mix it with the flour. Next, add two cups of either water or bone broth and stir. Boil it for five minutes, then add it to your gravy and let it boil for another few minutes. After you’ve completed those steps, it’ll be ready to serve.

Unsalted Gravy

Since you don’t want to interfere with your soup’s flavor, you can make extra gravy that is unsalted, then add it to the gravy with excess salt. That maneuver will neutralize the  concoction’s salt concentration. You can then freeze the excess sauce and use it whenever you want.


Whether you have cream, yogurt, or milk in your fridge, dairy products can help you reduce the salt concentration in your sauce. Unlike water, dairy products don’t interfere with the flavor or richness of your sauce. If you want more flavor after diluting your gravy with a dairy product, add more seasoning.

Ingredients that Help Remove Excess Salt from Food


Adding an acidic ingredient is an excellent way to fix salty gravy. To do so, add ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, citrus, or even lemon juice to it. But be careful–too much can mess up your gravy. To avoid that, add the ingredient slowly and taste the sauce intermittently.


When you put too much sugar in caramel ice cream, salt reduces that high concentration. Sugar will also come to your aid when you add too much salt to your gravy. You can use brown or white sugar, maple syrup, or even honey to achieve this effect. Add a little and taste your gravy before adding more, as too much will ruin its flavor.


Are you a gluten-free gravy lover? Pureed beans can act as a salt neutralizer and thickening agent for your gravy. Just puree a cup of white beans or chickpeas, then smoothen it with one or two spoonfuls of water. Finally, stir the mix and then add it slowly to your gravy.


This method may not make much of a difference for you, but it’s worth a try. You can add rice, pasta, or a raw/boiled potato to your gravy to help it absorb salt. Keep in mind that its salty taste may not change, though. To make this method more effective, you can combine it with one of the others from this article.

Under-Salting Accompanying Dishes

If the other dishes on your table don’t include mashed potatoes, you should under-season them. It won’t make your gravy any less salty, but it should balance out the flavor profile of your overall meal.

Semi-Dry Wine

Consider serving your visitors French white wine. The idea here isn’t fixing your salty gravy, distracting from its potency. It simply serves as a balancing agent.

Having fixed your gravy, you won’t want to undergo the ordeal ever again. Below are some strategies you can use to prevent that from happening.

Preventing Salty Gravy

Stop Adding High-Sodium Ingredients

Excess sodium is harmful to your body. If you don’t want your soup to end up salty, avoid adding salt and other high-sodium ingredients such as stoke cubes. With time, your salt taste buds will adjust and you won’t miss the salty gravy.

Secure Your Salt Shaker’s Lid

Another option is securing the lid of your salt shaker tightly. That will  minimize the odds of another accident.

Add The Salt Later

You could also just wait until your sauce is ready to add salt. It could even result in a saltier taste.

Fixing Potential Gravy Problems

Apart from excess salt, other problems may develop while you’re handling gravy. So how can you fix them? Check out our tips below.

Gravy That's Too Runny

Simmer it

If your gravy is too thin, you should simmer it for an hour using low-to-medium heat. Stir it regularly to ensure that it doesn’t become too thick or lumpy once its excess water evaporates.

Add Slurry

What if you have no time to simmer your gravy? Adding Slurry would be your next best option. Slurry is a combination of water and cornstarch, (one tablespoon each). If you choose this approach, add your Slurry to the gravy slowly as you whisk it, then let it boil for a few minutes before serving.

Lumpy or Thick Gravy

If your gravy becomes too lumpy or thick, you can whisk it. Alternatively, you can sieve the lumps or add some hot water to it.


Your salty gravy should not be thrown down the drain. There are various ways of fixing it. 

For instance, you can dilute the gravy with liquid, dairy products, or unsalted gravy. You can also add acidic ingredients, sugar, beans, or starch. 

In addition, you can take precautionary measures to ensure that you never put excess salt in your dish again. For example, if your gravy becomes too thick, you can simmer it or add Slurry. If it becomes lumpy, just whisk it, sieve it, or add water to it. 

You have no reason to serve gravy that’s anything less than perfect.


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