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Cooks know that salt is the most essential seasoning in the kitchen, bringing out the best flavors in everything it touches. But did you know this speedy trick that makes it even more versatile? Flavoring your regular old kosher or sea salt with pinches of herbs, spices, and even sauces can boost its seasoning power in five minutes flat—a tasty timesaver for busy cooks. Try these combinations or experiment with your own pantry add-ins.
Casey BarberTrue smoked salt is cooked low and slow over wood for hours, but you can get the same rich flavor with a quick dash of all-natural liquid smoke. Sprinkle over roasted vegetables for a fresh-off-the-grill taste, or use as a rimming salt for Bloody Marys.
Get the recipe: Smoky Salt
Zippy lemon zest and woodsy, herbaceous sage are a classic combination for flavoring poultry. Rub this bright and savory blend over a whole chicken before roasting, or add a pinch to comforting chicken noodle soup for a burst of freshness.
Get the recipe: Lemon-Sage salt
Dried porcini or other wild mushrooms intensify the flavor of whatever they’re paired with: this simple salt makes beef taste beefier, plays against sweet and toasty grilled corn, and adds a subtle but hearty boost to your favorite mashed potatoes recipe.
Get the recipe: Porcini Salt
Ready for an eye-opening experience? Rub this salt on your favorite cut of pork, like tenderloin or chops, before grilling or roasting for a dry marinade that enhances the natural sweetness of the meat. It’s also dynamite when added to the braising sauce for short ribs or other slow-cooked beef.
Get the recipe: Cocoa-Coffee Salt