How to Make Garlic Salt

Homemade garlic salt tastes even better than store bought: try it to amp up popcorn, avocado toast and pizza. Here’s how to make garlic salt!

How to Make Garlic Salt

What’s more fun than a good kitchen DIY? Here at A Couple Cooks, we love making things from scratch like Everything Bagel seasoning and pumpkin pie spice. When we have lots of herbs in our garden at the end of the season, we make our own herb salt. So want to learn how to make garlic salt? We’ve gotcha. This homemade garlic salt not only tastes better than store bought, it’s fun to make at home. And it makes a great gift! Keep reading for how to do it.

How to make garlic salt

How to make garlic salt

So, how do you make garlic salt at home? It’s a very simple process that requires a food processor (or high quality blender), salt, and garlic cloves. You can control to texture of your garlic salt: we left ours a little chunkier than a standard salt. But you can make it into a fine salt too (even better for popcorn!).

Here are the basic steps for how to make garlic salt at home (see the recipe below for specifics):

  • In a food processor or blender, process 1/2 cup kosher salt and 6 garlic cloves until the garlic is finely chopped.
  • Spread it all onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes until the mixture dries out.
  • Once it’s baked, it will clump up and be very chunky. Run it back through the food processor until you get to the desired texture!

Make sure to use kosher salt in this recipe because it brings a gentler salting to foods. We would not recommend using table salt because of its sharp, very salty flavor. If you’re interested, read more about these differences here: What is Kosher Salt?

A few other great salt DIYs? Try Herb Salt Recipe and Seasoned Salt Recipe.

Garlic salt recipe

How to serve this garlic salt recipe

Alright, so let’s say you mixed up a batch of this garlic salt recipe! (Which you will, right?) We’re guessing if you ended up here you might know what you want to do with it. But here are some of our best ideas on ways to use it:

  1. On avocado toast or green tomato toast.
  2. On french fries or sweet potato fries.
  3. In olive oil to use for dipping bread.
  4. On pizza.
  5. On baked salmon.
  6. On popcorn (just blend it to a fine consistency, like popcorn salt!).
  7. Mix it with shrimp.
  8. Add to soups and stews.
  9. Shake onto pasta.
  10. Add to sauteed or roasted veggies for some flair.
How to make garlic salt

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We love resourcing you with kitchen DIYs! This herb salt is a fun DIY that also works great for gifts. Here are a few more kitchen essentials:

This garlic salt recipe is…

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

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How to Make Garlic Salt

How to Make Garlic Salt


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x

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Homemade garlic salt tastes even better than store bought: try it to amp up popcorn, avocado toast and pizza. Here’s how to make garlic salt!


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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Place the peeled garlic cloves and salt in a food processor. Process for about 1 minute until the garlic is finely chopped.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (important, otherwise it will stick!). Bake for about 45 minutes until dry and crumbly.
  4. Remove from the oven. Wash out the food processor. Pour the mixture back into the clean bowl of the food processor and pulse several times until the desired consistency forms. (We kept ours a bit chunkier than normal salt.)
  5. Store airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 year.

  • Category: Essential Recipes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: How to Make Garlic Salt, Garlic Salt Recipe,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Alex
    October 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Perfect!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    November 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    What a great idea! Do you know how long the salt will last?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      It should last at least 1 year, if not more!

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