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Homemade Herb Salt

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Yes, the color in this salt will fade within a few weeks, but the herby flavor and aroma will remain intact for much longer. I described this as a finishing salt, meaning it's used to season cooked food at the table; however, it can also be used in place of regular salt in any recipe preparation."
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2 h 5 m servings < 1
Original recipe yields 72 servings (1.5 cups)


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  1. Place 1/2 cup coarse sea salt, rosemary, and lemon thyme in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse, grinding salt until rosemary and thyme have a fine consistency. Add 1 cup sea salt and pulse to combine.
  2. Pour salt mixture into a shallow baking dish and let air dry for 2 hours. Transfer salt to a glass jar and screw on lid.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • I used rosemary and lemon thyme in this recipe, but other hearty green herbs also work. By hearty, I mean herbs that are sturdy and resinous, like savory, oregano, and marjoram. Fragile herbs like dill, chervil, and cilantro, just don't work as well.
  • Yes, the color will fade within a few weeks, but the herby flavor and aroma will remain intact for much longer. There is no shelf-life limit, and this can be kept indefinitely.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: < 1 calories; 0 0.1 0 0 1760 Full nutrition

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Great Idea!!! I made it and i loved it and I will always have a healthy stock of these on hand. I discovered you Chef John on allrecipes, I love the videos and Thank you for sharing, I've just a...

I didn't try this recipe, but I wanted to say I see my grandma doing this since ever. I asked her to teach me how to make it about five years ago, and have been making my homemade herb salt sinc...

Wonderful! My whole house smells amazing! So easy to make. I doubled the recipe and filled 7 "Ball" 8oz crystal jelly jars with a little left over for me!

Yummy and I am such a fan of rosemary. I used Kosher salt, my preferred salt. Next time will not grind the salt. Dry out the rosemary first then grind just add to unground Kosher salt.

sweet and simple and great for gift-giving! we added all kinds of extra "goodies" the second time we made this - sesame seeds,finely ground nuts, garlic granules... but the original recipe is l...

What a fantastic recipe! I made it with the herbs listed in the recipe but I'll be using others that Chef John mentioned in the footnote. I use it on everything - absolutely love it! Thanks Chef...

Love this idea, other herb combinations would also work.


Thank you for this delicious salt. I have enjoyed using it and giving as gifts. A real winner!