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Don’t have this ingredient on hand or realized you’re all out while you’re cooking? Here’s the best kosher salt substitute in recipes.

Kosher salt substitute
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Making a recipe that calls for kosher salt and don’t have it on hand? Kosher salt is a coarse, flat grained edible salt without additives. Cooking with kosher salt instead of table salt is transformative. Why? Two reasons: kosher salt has wider, coarser grains vs table salt. The wider grains salt food in a gentler way than table salt. Kosher salt also has no iodine, which can lend a bitter taste to foods salted with table salt. So we highly, highly recommend using this type of salt in your cooking.

First off…decide whether you need a substitute!

Can you use table salt instead of kosher salt? We don’t recommend it! Kosher salt is the perfect every day salt for recipes of all kinds. If it’s not your go to in your salt cellar: it should be! Here’s more about Kosher Salt: Explained.

But are you in the middle of a recipe and don’t have time to go to the store? We can help. Here’s the best kosher salt substitute to use in a pinch.

Best kosher salt substitute

1. Flaky sea salt (or Himalayan salt).

The best kosher salt substitute? Coarse sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. Because of the size of the coarse grains, you can use flaky sea salt as a 1:1 replacement for kosher salt. For more on the similarities and differences between the two, head to Kosher Salt vs Sea Salt.

2. Fine sea salt.

Another good kosher salt substitute? Fine sea salt. Because fine sea salt is ground so much finer, you’ll need to use less. Use ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt in place of 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

3. Table salt only in a pinch

A substitute to use in a pinch? If you must, you can use table salt. But again: we don’t recommend it! It doesn’t salt food nearly as well, and it can leave behind a bitter flavor. Use ¾ teaspoon table salt in place of 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

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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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