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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!

How to Make Garlic Salt
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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 ½ 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.

Love garlic? Try more Great Garlic Recipes!

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: ½ cup 1x


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!




  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

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. Virginia Hernandez says:

    I want to make roasted garlic salt. Do i have to dry the garlic so its not so mushy first. Asking for a friend.. :)

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Interesting idea! I think I’d roast the garlic and proceed as written, but just leave in the oven until fully dried out (so maybe a little longer).

  2. Stephanie Parker says:


    I just wanted to say that only one of my batches of my garlic salt did also turned green. I did notice that in this particular batch the very tips of the fresh garlic was green. Maybe when garlic begins to resprout?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      It must be!

  3. Stephanie Parker says:


    For up to how long does the homemade garlic last?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Up to a year, but the flavor dissipates over time.

  4. Anna says:

    My garlic salt mixture turned green in the oven. Is it still good and vould I have simply let it dry on the counter for a few days?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hi there! We haven’t had this happen before or heard reports of it. However, garlic can turn green when heated! Per this source article from My Recipes, it’s safe to eat green garlic. Also older garlic is more prone to turning colors: so could it be that your garlic was on the old side? Next time we’d suggest trying it with fresh garlic. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Sarah says:

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

    1. Alex says:

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

  6. Alex says:


    1. Vickye Green says:

      How can I have some of the recipes can I save them.