By Athena Hessong

Spice up a dish with a sprinkle of paprika and you might find yourself with more than you bargained for. If you were a little heavy-handed with the paprika jar in your recipe, you can counteract the heat of the spice with one or several remedies, used to reduce the heat from chili peppers. The same methods work for both because paprika consists of ground red chili peppers.

Bright red paprika adds color, spiciness and flavor to dishes.

Step 1

Stir 1 tablespoon of honey into the dish and taste it for flavor. Add more honey if needed to counter the heat of the paprika. Sweetness counters the spice, and honey blends easier into moist, warm dishes than granulated sugar.

Step 2

Mix tomato paste into a tomato-based dish using paprika in 1 tablespoon increments to balance out the spiciness of the paprika.

Step 3

Increase the water or cooking liquid to water down the heat of the paprika in the dish. This will also reduce the flavor of all other spices in the dish and it will increase the amount of food. This works best with soups or stews.

Step 4

Drink milk while eating a dish with too much paprika because the protein in milk helps to draw the capsicum oils away from your tongue, so you taste the heat less.

Step 5

Eat a piece of bread after taking a bite of food with too much hot paprika. Complex starches will help to absorb some of the heat-causing oils from the paprika.