7 Different Types of Salt + How to Use Them

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There are many different types of salt from all over the world. Not only is salt an important commodity for many countries, but it also has a rich history in various local cuisines and cultures. Each type of salt is special and comes with its own unique qualities and specific purposes.

Gourmet salt from around the world

This post is sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs.

I originally published this article on March 29, 2018 and updated it on August 9, 2020.

How Many Different Types of Salt are There?

You might think that all salt is interchangeable. After all, salt is salt, right?

Dig a little deeper and you’ll soon learn that there are noticeable differences in flavor, appearance, texture, and mineral content. (source, source)

Since Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite place for high-quality herbs, spices, teas, and essential oils, I thought it would be fun to go through their catalog of gourmet salt and describe each type one by one.

I had so much fun taste testing these different salts! I hope you have as much fun exploring these options as I did.

Originally, I felt skeptical that a different salt could make that much of a difference, but I was wrong!

Noticing the subtle differences between each kind of salt was an eyeopening experience. 

popular gourmet salts from around the world

Types of Cooking Salt

My attention first turned to salt when I started a keto diet because it is essential for electrolyte supplementation on keto. Using salt correctly is needed for an easy keto-adaptation and helped me avoid keto flu.

Now, I am currently on a carnivore diet, and salt remains an important component of energy regulation.

Each different type of salt adds a unique flavor to the meal without any extra effort.

If you’d like to learn what to eat on a carnivore diet, start by downloading my free printable pdf Carnivore Diet Food List.

Seasoning with different salts is a great way to add variety to ultra-simple carnivore diet recipes!

7 Different Types of Salt

Here are 7 different types of salt, plus 26 recipes for how to use them that are sure to intrigue and excite your taste buds.

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Best Salt for Cooking

All of these yummy recipes clearly illustrate a variety of ways to use salt in cooking. From sweet to savory dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, salt has an important role in flavor, appearance, and even texture.

It’s fun to have all of these salts on your spice shelf so you can pick and choose which one you want under different circumstances.

Using different salts is the easiest way to add variety to a meal without changing anything else. There are many recipes that come out noticably different by simply substituting one type of salt of another.

The bottom line is that you want a clean, unrefined, natural salt that is affordable and budget-friendly.

Deciding what the best salt for cooking is will depend on the specific purpose it is used for. Some are best for adding smoky flavor and others lend a touch of sweetness, while still others are more eye-catching than anything else.

You may be able to find a quality local salt that isn’t listed here, in that case, try it out! Support local producers as much as possible. Look for regional food production in your area to see what you might find and share your success with us in a comment below!


Meet Jessica Haggard

Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes.

She has photographed and authored two best selling ketogenic cookbooks, The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook and The Carnivore CookbookLearn more about Jessica…

11 thoughts on “7 Different Types of Salt + How to Use Them”

  1. I like Himalayan pink salt. I have different spice that I’ve bought and enjoy using them. I’m trying to eat better, but it’s hard when it’s just u and ur in disability. I like to cook at home, and don’t eat out much anymore. On the recipes that say use a crock pot, can u use an instant pot instead?

  2. Hello guys! This is my first time doing keto but not my first attempt. I live in South Louisiana and I’m a beekeeper. Needless to say, I sweat a lot and I’m feeling so bad on keto. I’m drinking bone (low quality) from the stores and taking K2 vitamins, D3, Magnesium with ionic trace minerals, and seasoning with pink salt and sea salt. I’ve been doing keto for about 3 weeks. Why do I have pounding headaches and extreme muscle fatigue? Why do I feel like crap all the time? I just want to feel mediocre for one day. I’m not trying to whine or quit, I doing everything I know to do but nothing seems to help. Can you help me?

    • Hey Joshua! We’d be happy to advise you – if you are interested in our coaching, please check out http://www.primaledgehealth.com/coaching. We begin the next session of the Keto Collective this Sunday – you’d right on time! Give us an email through the contact form on the coaching page if you want to get started. Sorry, these things aren’t always a quick fix over the internet – it’s hard to give general advice without knowing more about the specifics of your situation and lifestlye.

  3. As always, thanks for the great tips. I don’t struggle with eating junk and quite disciplined. I was basically eating paleo for 3 months until 4 weeks ago when I became more educated about keto and went strict keto and haven’t wavered. It’s going on 5 weeks now and I have not seen or felt any change in my profile. I felt the body adjusting the first week but nothing else since. I’m ideally looking to reduce inflammation, gain mind clarity, and lose 10 lbs of fat. I’m 218 6’1″ muscular build and eating around 1,900-2,300 calorie in proportioned macros. I’m hoping that something will kick in soon as you send 6-12 weeks possibly for results. Thanks again.

    • Hope you see the results you’re looking for! Sometimes it can take the body a bit to adapt – keep the stress low and the environment healthy, get lots of sunshine 😉 If you want help dialing your lifestyle and diet in, we offer private and group coaching packages. Your cacao should arrive soon! It’d be great if you left a review on the product page, I’d love to hear how you like it. Happy Sunday!

  4. All of the above as well as Vintage Merlot, a rich bold flavorful merlot colored and tasting salt. I shop at Mama Jeans in Springfield, an 80mile round trip from my home but well worth it as they have walls of bulk everything and an entire section of specialty salts at family-friendly prices.
    To be honest it was not until after watching one of your videos that I indulged in the exceptional salts.
    No turning back now as my tastes have changed, matured and become enlightened to a new world of seasoning possibilities and variety.
    Love and health
    Julie (Ma Rishu)

    • Finding new and different tasting salts was a real eye opener for me. I can switch up the flavor of our foods with such little effort. Different salts taste good PLUS they have such an essential role in keeping out bodies healthy and working well. It’s a win-win all around. Thanks for the comment Julie, it’s a special one!

  5. Great video, I think the hardest part of a ketogenic diet is ridding your home/pantry of all the garbage! Bonus, I have a ton more cabinet space.

    I also take Epsom Salt baths to help with magnesium. My body gets sleepless and my legs super restless if I don’t have enough magnesium.


    • Great point Kimberly – cabinet space is a nice thing to have 😉 I’m planning a “salt yourself” article with recipes for salt baths and scrubs. Stay tuned, I think you will like it!


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