Whether you’ve chopped too many chillies, felt too ambitious with the cayenne, or misjudged your Sriracha – a dish that’s too spicy may seem like a once-perfect dish that’s become unsalvageable.

We’ve all done it. Whether we’re trying out a new curry or a simple noodle dish with a kick, we’ve thought about turning the heat up a notch to improve the experience. And when it comes to that half-way taste test we do that makes us feel like a Michelin-star chef, we’re suddenly met with the realisation that we’ve overdone it just a little bit.

You could be cooking for your partner, your children, or your in-laws (who expect a dish with a kick) – and yet no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to neutralise the heat.

It’s just. too. hot. Even the steam is a concoction of eye-watering ingredients that only make you suffer.

Your solution? To throw it away and start afresh.

It’s not the end of the world, however. If your dish has become too spicy, there’s definitely no cause for concern to be had. Don’t throw all your hard work away. Instead, add to it by using a special range of recovery tactics that professional chefs hold dear.

One of the most effective yet understated solutions to tone down that ravenous heat is by sprinkling on some of your favourite nuts. It may seem like a bizarre solution – but this can really help you to retain the taste with a little less kick.

Sugar and spice really are all things nice. Is your dish packing too much punch? Sweeten it with sugar to divert your tastebuds’ attention.


If producing meals with too much heat sounds like your average weekly occurrence – and you are hoping to find a quick fix – you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a handy infographic by SheKnows to reign in the spice and rescue your meal.