Salt has been an important preservative for centuries. Sea salt mixed with fresh herbs preserves their flavor in a mixture that can add zest to meals throughout the year. If your garden is overflowing with herbs like mine is, you might want to try some homemade flavored salt recipes. YUM!
How To Make Herb Flavored Salts
Making flavored salts couldn’t be easier.
What will you need to make flavored salt
- your favorite herbs from the garden (or from your favorite market)
- coarse kosher salt, or sea salt
- food processor (or just a cutting board and knife if you prefer to chop the herbs manually)
- baking sheet
- measuring cup and spoon
- airtight glass container for storage
Making herbed salts step by step
Pick your herbs from the garden, remove leaves from stems, wash and dry them (as much as possible).
Take out your food processor, add 1/2 cup of salt and about 2 cups of herbs (I made some basil salt last week, so that’s what you’re seeing here). And yep! You’re seeing my phone in the shadow there. It happens 😛
Mix until roughly chopped: it took me about 10 seconds.
Now spread it over a nice big baking sheet and stick it in the oven at 250 F for about 25 to 30 minutes. Mix it around a bit about half way through.
Check to make sure it’s completely dry. If not, add 10 more minutes in the oven.
Once you know it’s dry, let it cool a bit, then put your herbed salt back in the food processor for another whirl to mix it better and get rid of any clumps that might have formed while in the oven.
You are now ready to place your homemade flavored salt in jars for easy use in the kitchen.
I wasn’t planning to make flavored salt, and these jars are just fine. But if I was more prepared, I’d use some fancier jars for my salts, so they’d be ready for gift giving.
This set is perfect: it includes the perfect sized spice jars, chalkboard labels, chalk marker, shaker inset tops and a wide funnel to help you get the herbs in there easier.
Here are a few more jars I’d use for gift giving my herbed salts:
Mini Glass Jars for SpicesAdjustable Glass Spice Jars 12 Spice Bottles w/ label Set
Homemade Flavored Salt Recipes
Use the above process for any herbs you choose to flavor your salt with.
If you want to try your hand at creating your own special herbed salt blend, start out with a small batch to see if you like it.
When you hit on a mixture you like, make it up in larger batches.
Herbed sea salt can make a great gift for your foodie friends.
Rosemary sea salt
This mixture is a natural for potatoes, or press it into the surface of lamb chops before your cook them. Use only good quality sea salt for the mixture. La Baleine is a good brand, widely available.
1 cup fresh rosemary
1/2 Tbsp good quality coarse sea salt (or to taste)
- Remove the needles from sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Discard the twigs.
- Grind the rosemary in a small spice or herb grinder.
- Stir in the salt. Adjust the balance of salt to herbs to taste.
Rosemary, lemon and thyme salt
- 1 cup fresh rosemary
- 1 cup fresh thyme
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup sea salt
Sage, parsley and garlic salt
- 1 cup fresh sage
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup coarse salt
Savory, oregano and marjoram salt
- 1 cup of fresh savory
- 1/2 cup fresh oregano
- 1/2 cup fresh marjoram
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup fresh rosemary
- 1 cup fresh thyme
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 hot pepper
- 1 cup coarse salt
As you can see, these homemade flavored salt recipes are easy to make, and there are so many combinations you can make.
Here are the easiest herbs to grow in your herb garden.
Try your own herb mixture. Experiment to your heart’s content, but do it in small batches first, to make sure you’re loving your creation 😉
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Tuesday 11th of August 2020
Thanks for this quick herb salt recipe! My herbs are growing like weeds in this AZ 110 degree temps. Perfect solution to the abundance and doesn’t take long to do
Priscilla A. Gaucher
Tuesday 11th of June 2019
Thank you! And just in time for my rapidly growing herbs!
Saturday 11th of May 2019
Thank you! I am so going to use these recipes!!!