7 Ways With Salt

Judicious use of various types of salt in recipes can produce big flavor results in a number of surprising ways.

  • 7 Ways to Cook With Salt
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Grains of Salt

    For thousands of years, salt has been prized for its preservative and flavor-enhancing qualities. Dare to go beyond a quick sprinkle of table salt over dinner with these creative uses for an ancient seasoning.
  • Salt-Crusted Herbed Cornish Hen
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Salt-Crusted Herbed Cornish Hen

    The secret to this moist and tender bird is rubbing it with a kosher salt and water mixture that forms a hard crust during baking and is chipped off before serving.
  • Rock Salt-Roasted Potatoes
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Rock Salt-Roasted Potatoes

    Roasting potatoes in a bed of coarse food-grade rock salt produces evenly-cooked potatoes with soft flesh and firm skin.
  • Twisted Fennel and Coarse Salt Breadsticks
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Twisted Fennel and Coarse Salt Breadsticks

    There's a little bit of salt in the bread dough, but the real flavor comes from the fennel and kosher salt mixture that's sprinkled on the breadsticks before baking.
  • Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Turtles
    Oxmoor House

    Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Turtles

    Sprinkle chocolate-caramel pecan candies with smoked sea salt for an amazing salty-sweet experience.
  • Dilled Green Beans

    Dilled Green Beans

    A mixture of vinegar, water and pickling salt is the key to the canning process for fresh veggies. This is an easy way to make the most of your garden's bounty.
  • Gouda Garlic Popcorn
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker

    Gouda Garlic Popcorn

    What's a bowl of popcorn without the salt, right? For even more flavor, use garlic salt and toss in some gouda cheese. Yum.
  • Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy

    Brining is a process in which you soak meat in a mixture of salt water overnight to tenderize it and add both moisture and flavor.
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