If your dish tastes too sour, follow the steps below to rescue it. An overly sour recipe does not taste nice but fear not, there are ways to fix it.

What does “too sour” mean?

In cooking, a sour taste means having an acid taste, similar to that of lemon juice or vinegar. It is one of the 5 basic tastes that humans can sense. The flavor is associated with certain fruits and fermented dairy products or with cooking with wine. For example:

Sour fruits:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Sour cherries
  • Granny smith apples

Fermented milk products:

  • Sour cream
  • Yoghurt
  • Kefir
  • Lassi
  • Crème fraîche
  • Buttermilk
  • Quark


What should you do if your dish is too sour?

  • Sweetness (sugar or honey or pineapple)
  • Fenugreek
  • Instant coffee
  • Cocoa powder
  • Curry spices eg cumin, coriander & mustard
  • Water to dilute
  • If the sourness is from wine then add proteins eg  glaces, stocks, creme or butter
  • Grated carrot
  • Baking soda (an alkaline)


Tips to prevent your dish from being too sour?

  • Use ripe tomatoes
  • Cook the dish for less time so the flavors are less concentrated
  • Use less citrus fruits or fermented milk products