This 2-ingredient homemade garlic salt recipe is simple to prepare, tastes better than store-bought, and adds the perfect aromatic boost to almost any savory dish!
With how popular garlic is as an aromatic seasoning, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of ways to add it to your meals that save you the time and effort of having to peel garlic cloves. Since I love to make everything from scratch, I’ve already shared recipes for garlic paste, garlic powder, and even garlic-infused olive oil. Now, though, it’s time for this super simple and delicious homemade garlic salt recipe.
What Is Garlic Salt?
Garlic salt is a popular seasoned salt, perfect for adding a garlicky, salty boost to savory dishes. It’s typically made with dried garlic powder, table salt, and an anti-caking agent. However, some versions contain other seasonings (like onion powder), artificial flavorings, and other additives.
Luckily, if you make it at home, you can make it with just two ingredients. Better yet, you can decide whether to use regular table salt or more mineral-rich options like sea salt, prepare homemade fresh garlic powder, and even tweak the ratios to your liking. The resulting seasoned salt tastes better and can even save you money!
What is Garlic Powder vs. Garlic Salt?
Garlic powder is simply dehydrated then ground garlic. Then, garlic salt combines the powder with salt for an aromatic seasoning salt.
Garlic Salt Ingredients
When making this at home, you get to skip the anti-caking agent, meaning this recipe requires just two ingredients.
- Dried garlic powder: You can buy this or make it at home (for fresh and delicious garlic flavor!). Just make sure it’s fresh for the very best flavor.
- Salt: Traditionally, table salt is used, but feel free to use sea salt/kosher salt instead.
How to Make Garlic Salt
Making this delicious homemade seasoned salt at home is as simple as learning the correct garlic salt ratio of 3:1 parts salt to part garlic powder (by volume) or 6:1 (by weight).
To make it, simply combine the spices directly in a spice jar, shake well, and store.
Once prepared, store the seasonings in a cool, dry, dark location (like a kitchen cupboard/pantry) for up to 6 months.
Keep it away from moisture, and note that since I haven’t used an anti-caking agent, the salt may clump up slightly. If it clumps, shake the bottle well to help break it up.
Method for Homemade Garlic Powder
Making homemade dehydrated garlic powder at home is simple to do using either a food dehydrator, oven, or even by air drying garlic cloves and then grinding them. Check out my garlic powder recipe for the full method and tips!
What Is Garlic Salt Used For?
- Season cooked veggies,
- Add to potatoes,
- For eggs – boiled, poached, scrambled, etc.,
- Grilled/roasted chicken, steak, shrimp, and other meats and fish
- In a dry rub or marinade for proteins,
- In soups and stews,
- Savory snacks like popcorn or crackers,
- Pasta sauce or other pasta, rice, or quinoa dishes,
- Season guacamole or avocado toast,
- Sprinkle on bruschetta, crostini, or pan con tomate.
Please note that if you’re using garlic salt to replace garlic within a recipe, you’ll need to reduce other added salt or risk it becoming overly salty.
More Garlic Recipes and How-To’s
- How to crush, chop, and mince garlic
- How to freeze garlic
- How to make garlic flakes
- How much minced garlic equals a clove
- 30 recipes that use garlic as a main ingredient
If you try this simple garlic salt recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!
How to Make Homemade Garlic Salt
This will yield 1/4 cup
- Simply combine the spices directly in a spice jar, shake well, and store.
- Once prepared, store the seasoning in a cool, dry, dark location (like a kitchen cupboard/pantry) for up to 6 months. Keep it away from moisture, and note that since there is no anti-caking agent, the salt may clump up slightly. If it does, shake the bottle well to help break it up.
- Please note that if you’re using garlic salt to replace garlic within a recipe, you’ll need to reduce other added salt or risk it becoming overly salty.