Bland food happens––soups, stews, casseroles, desserts and other dishes can often taste ordinary. Fixing blandness by adding flavor is a great way to save the meal and still enjoy eating it. If you ever think you have the perfect dish, then you taste it and it has no flavor, these tips will help enhance the flavors in your dish.
Method 1 of 8:Seasoning
1Use house seasoning. Otherwise known as salt and pepper, adding a dash of this simple seasoning will improve many dishes. Add a small amount and taste as you go.
Freshly ground salt and pepper will taste fresher and sharper than already ground versions.
2Add a dash of a prepared seasoning. There are many varieties of prepared seasoning that can be purchased. Some are generic and suit a range of savory dishes, while others are targeted to particular foods. Follow the instructions accompanying the seasoning.
3Make and use your own general seasoning. Seasoning mixes aren't hard to make at home in large batches for use over several months. You can be absolutely sure about what the mix contains, making this an even better option. Examples include:
Chicken and rice seasoning mix
Taco seasoning mix
Italian herb seasoning.
Method 2 of 8:Mustard
1Add mustard to bland dishes. Mustard is an excellent accompaniment to macaroni and cheese, chili, or any savory food. Most of the time these are comfort foods that can do with an extra zip.
Add 3 tablespoons and the tanginess of the mustard will get rid of that bland taste.
Method 3 of 8:Citrus
1Try lemon juice. Lemon juice is said to be a healthier alternative for salt. It has a tangy flavor and enhances flavors like no other.
Add 2 tablespoons to a salad dressing or fish dish.
2Try lime juice. This has a milder but more distinct taste than a lemon. The bitterness can give a dish that bite it needs.
Add 2 tablespoons.
Method 4 of 8:Spice
1Use hot sauce. The all time favorite. It gives food a spicy, tangy flavor. It can be added to literally any dish! Add as much as you'd like.
2Use spices to improve the flavor of both savory and sweet dishes. There are many possibilities for improving food with spice. Start by checking out How to use spices in cookery.
3Use spices with a bit of kick to improve chill and other dishes that need a hot kick. For example, cayenne, paprika, strong black pepper, etc.Trustworthy SourceEatRight.orgOrganization associated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics providing advice about food, health, and fitnessGo to source
4Improve the flavor of a bland sweet pie with spices. It's already too late to fix the pie but you can add pumpkin pie spice or similar to the whipped cream or sauce that goes with the pie. Or, add sweet spices to powdered sugar and sprinkle over every slice of pie.
Method 5 of 8:Herbs
1Prefer fresh herbs over dried herbs where possible. On the whole, fresh herbs have a better flavor and will add great taste to help remove blandness from food.
Consider growing a kitchen herb garden of your most-used herbs to make it easy to add the herbs to any dish as needed.
2Use celery salt or celery seed. This has a strong flavor which is good for improving a bland soup or stew.
Method 6 of 8:Acidic flavoring
1Choose an acidic addition to improve the flavor of bland food. For example, vinegar, tomatoes, wine or juice from citrus fruit (see above) can improve the flavor a lot. In many cases, acidic additions can also tone down cloying, sweet tastes.
Balsamic vinegar is a nice sweet and acidic addition.
Method 7 of 8:Sauces
1Add a decent dash of soy sauce. The saltiness and flavor of soy sauce will improve a bland soup, stew, stir-fry and other savory dishes that have a a liquid component.
2Add ketchup or tomato sauce. The acidic flavor adds one dimension, while any additional flavorings in the sauce will add depth to the dish too.
3Pour in a little Worcestershire sauce. This is a strongly-flavored sauce, so don't overdo it or you'll be looking for how to tone down the flavor. Add a dash or two to soups, stews and similar savory dishes.
Method 8 of 8:Alcohol
If you don't mind adding a dash of alcohol to a dish, there are a few varieties that can fix blandness in food.
1Use sherry. It can be either drinking sherry or cooking sherry; whichever, it will add flavor to bland soups, casseroles, stews, chilli, etc.
2Add white wine. White wine can add acidity and sweetness to a bland dish. It's a good way to use up the last of a bottle.
Dry vermouth can also add flavor in the same way as white wine.