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Sea salt

What is sea salt? About the ingredient sea salt. Including 467 recipes with sea salt, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Sea salt is obtained by the evaporation of seawater, is used in cooking and cosmetics.

Historically called bay salt or solar salt, its mineral content gives it a different taste from table salt, which is pure sodium chloride, usually refined from mined rock salt (halite) or from sea salt.

Generally more expensive than table salt, it is commonly used in gourmet cooking and specialty potato chips, particularly the kettle cooked variety (known as hand-cooked in the UK/Europe).

Taste and Health

Gourmets often believe sea salt to be better than ordinary table salt in taste and texture , though one cannot always taste the difference when dissolved. In applications where sea salt's coarser texture is retained, it can provide different mouth feel and changes in flavor due to its different rate of dissolution.

The mineral content also affects the taste. It may be difficult to distinguish sea salt from other untreated salts, such as pink Himalayan salt, or grey colored rock salt. Sea salt is purified less than the high mineral pink salt.


Flaky sea salt - flaked Flaky sea salt

Coarse sea salt Coarse sea salt

Smoked flaky sea salt Smoked flaky sea salt

Fine sea salt Fine sea salt


Because sea salt generally lacks high concentrations of iodine, an element essential for human health, it is not necessarily a healthful substitute for regular iodized table salt, which is usually supplemented with the element, unless another source of dietary iodine is available (such as dairy products or regular processed foods).

Iodized forms of sea salt are now marketed to address this concern.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (292g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 0Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 113173mg 4716%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 7% Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Sea salt is usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Sea salt is a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much does sea salt weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 292
1 tbsp 18
1 tsp 6
1 dash 0

In Chinese:海盐
British (UK) term: Sea salt
en français:sel de mer
en español:sal marina

Recipes using sea salt

There are 464 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer
Aloo Mathar Paratha  (Sides)
Arugula (Rocket) Eggs Benedict
Asparagus Cheese Party Sandwiches
Avocado, Radish and Edamame Salad
Bacon and Maple Scones
Baked Flatbread with Garlic (Lahsooni Naan)
Banana Chocolate Chip Yogurt Muffins
Barley Buttermilk Corn Bread
Barley-Amaranth Waffles
Basic Focaccia

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