Kitchen Basics

Infused Salt & Sugar

Infusing salt and sugar with different flavors is a simple technique that can class up any meal. I love finishing a salad with a sprinkle of citrus salt, or dusting the top of cookies with vanilla-cardamom sugar. A jar also makes for a lovely (easy! cheap!) holiday gift. I’ve included some potential inspiration below, but let your own culinary creativity guide you.

Makes: 1 cup


  • 1 cup salt or sugar (I recommend a nice quality granulated sugar or a course or flaky salt like Maldon. Something with a textural crunch.)
  • 2 tablespoons dry flavoring of choice 


Prep flavoring
  • Fresh ingredients will need to be dried (spread on a baking sheet in an oven on the lowest temperature until dry to the touch). Large ingredients can be crumbled or blended (in a spice grinder or high-powered blender) so that they incorporate easily. 
    Powders and other smaller ingredients like crumbled dried herbs or fennel seeds do not need any additional prep. 
Mix it
  • Mix flavorings with salt or sugar. Can be stored in an airtight container in the cupboard indefinitely.


Flavor Combinations:
Citrus Salt: Use that fancy new microplane grater you got for Christmas to remove the zest or a variety of (preferably unwaxed) citrus
Chili Herb Salt. Mix in equal parts red pepper flakes and a variety of herbs like rosemary, oregano, and thyme
Mushroom Salt: Use dried porcini mushrooms (processed to a powder). Kick it up a notch with lime zest and black sesame seeds
Vanilla Salt: Perfect for topping chocolate chip cookies. Use a pairing knife to scrape out the black magic inside a vanilla bean.
Black Garlic Salt: Slice, dry, and powder black garlic, which can be found in specialty food shops (or made at home!)
Chai Sugar: Use a tablespoon each of cinnamon and ginger, teaspoon cardamom, pinch of clove, nutmeg, black pepper, and black tea leaves
Matcha Sugar: Use matcha powder. For additional nutrition and Florida foraging bonafides, blend in some dried and powdered moringa.
Rosemary Fennel Sugar: Use dried rosemary and fennel seeds. For the best shortbread cookies ?
Mexican Chocolate Sugar: Use a tablespoon high quality cocoa powder, teaspoon cinnamon, teaspoon chili powder (ancho or chipotle would be nice)
Grapefruit Mint Sugar: Use grapefruit zest and dried mint