How To Instantly “Fix” A Dish That’s Too Watery

This quick fix will instantly save your dish.

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Stews, braises, and even soups can taste bland. If you're not careful and follow instructions in the recipe as listed, you may end up with a dish that looks and tastes watery

That's because these dishes are recipes that require a liquid, such as water, broth, or stock to be added. This may not seem like much but when you combine the total amount of liquid that you might add to any dish, you might be surprised that you added more than you thought. 

Meat juices in particular are a kind of liquid that you may not have taken into account when you end up with a watery dish. What else can may your dish watery? Soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and other kinds of condiments can add to the liquid amount, too.    

That's a lot of liquid ingredients that can dilute your dish. One way to fix this is to reduce the liquid by simmering it. However, sometimes your dish may suffer if you do, especially if it already tastes delicious but is just a little watery for your taste.


If you ever find that your dish is too watery, no need to panic. You can instantly fix a too watery dish. Here's what you do: 

  1. 1 Dissolve 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 teaspoon water
  2. 2 While stirring the simmering pot, drizzle in slurry. Bring back to a simmer.
  3. 3 Stir vigorously as the water turns into a sauce as it heats up. 

Use this trick to transform that soup into a sauce! This amount is just right for about 1 cup liquid. Feel free to add more of this slurry to your dish until it's thickened just right. 

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Not a fan of the sauce? You can skip this step and simply keep the pot boiling at a low simmer until the liquid is reduced and is no longer watery. This may take as short as 5 minutes or as long as 30 minutes depending on how much liquid or water is needed to achieve the consistency you're looking for. 


Just remember to season to taste!  


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