By cutting back on the amount of table salt used in a recipe, and adding a little MSG, you can boost the flavor of the dish with very little sodium.
If you’re trying to cut back on sodium in your diet, MSG can definitely help add flavor to your food while keeping sodium levels in check. Getting the dish to taste exactly as you like may take some experimentation, but it’s not difficult.
Low Sodium Recipes for Soups
For example, for low sodium recipes for soup: if the traditional recipe that yields 6 servings calls for 1 teaspoon of salt, cut it back to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1/2 teaspoon of MSG to it. This change would result in a “savings” of 900 mg of sodium, or 150 mg of sodium per serving.
When to Add MSG to a Dish:
Generally MSG is added to foods before or during cooking and not at the table. For steaks or other meats, sprinkle it on before cooking at the same time you season the meat with salt, pepper, etc. For casseroles, soup or vegetable dishes, you’d add MSG during the cooking process.
Note: If you are on a strict reduced-sodium diet, you’ll need to have your dietitian look at the recipe and calculate the sodium content to see if it fits into your diet.