How to Fix Potato Soup That Is Too Salty?

Too much salt can ruin potato soup.
Too much salt can ruin potato soup. (Image: Salt Shaker by Window image by kellykramer from

Cooking is often a matter of adding seasonings a little at a time until the flavor is just right. When cooking potato soup, it's easy to take the seasoning just a bit too far, and before you know it, you sample your delicious soup only to discover it has turned into a salty disaster. Kitchen disasters happen to everyone, even professionals, but don't panic. With the addition of a couple of ingredients found in nearly every kitchen, the over-salted potato soup can be salvaged.

Things You'll Need

  • White sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Teaspoon
  • Mixing spoon

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Add a teaspoon of white vinegar, followed by a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Stir well.

Taste the potato soup. If the soup is still too salty, add a teaspoon of white sugar and one of apple cider vinegar. Stir well.

Sample the soup after each addition. Add sugar and vinegar one teaspoon at a time until the salty flavor has been neutralized.

Tips & Warnings

  • A pat of butter or a small amount of oil or animal fat will often diminish excess saltiness.
  • If you have time, the salty taste can be decreased by adding more ingredients, such as milk, water or potatoes.
  • Often, an additional chunk of potato may be enough to absorb excess salt.


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