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Celery salt is a seasoning mix made of celery seed and salt. Here’s how to make your own and use it in recipes!

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Here’s a simple seasoning blend that adds big flavor in savory recipes: Celery Salt! This simple blend of celery seeds and salt adds more than just the sum of its parts. The savory, earthy flavor it imparts to dishes makes it a favorite of ours to use in recipes! Here’s a bit more about the seasoning, how to use it, and how to make it at home!

What is celery salt?

Celery salt is a blend of celery seeds and salt used as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, drinks and more. It adds the earthy, grassy flavor notes of celery along with a salty punch. It’s a primary ingredient in Old Bay seasoning and a Bloody Mary, and it’s ideal for adding flavor to chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes.

How to make it homemade: a celery salt substitute!

Don’t have celery salt and don’t have time to find it at the store? You can make your own in a few minutes using celery seeds and salt. Most purchased blends use ratios between 1:1 and 2:1. We’ve found the ideal ratio is 1.5:1. Here’s how to make celery salt:

  • Combine 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 1 ½ tablespoons celery seed.
  • Grind the ingredients in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder until fine and powdery.
  • Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

Don’t have celery seeds? Other celery salt substitutes include plain salt, garlic salt or onion salt, but none have the district flavor that celery seeds bring.

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Celery seed vs celery salt

Celery seeds are the seeds of the celery plant; they have a distinct flavor that tastes like the plant itself. Celery salt is made with celery seed and salt, so it contains added sodium.

If you’re following a recipe that calls for celery seed and it already contains salt, celery salt may not be a good substitute! If desired, you can scale back the salt level and use celery salt, but do so at your own risk: take care not to over-salt the dish.

Ways to use it!

There are many ways to use celery salt in recipes. Here are a few of the most popular uses for this tasty blend:

How do you plan to use yours? Let us know in the comments below.

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More celery recipes

Celery is a unique ingredient that’s not often the star player in recipes. But this back-up character helps recipes shine! Here are a few celery recipes if you’ve got extras of this ingredient on hand:

This celery salt recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Celery salt

Celery Salt


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 2 ½ tablespoons 1x

Description

Celery salt is a seasoning mix made of celery seed and salt. Here’s how to make your own and use it in recipes!


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons celery seed

Instructions

  1. Grind the ingredients in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder until fine and powdery.
  2. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!