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Lemon Rosemary Salt Blend

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A homemade spiced sea salt blend infused with the flavor of the Mediterranean — perfect as a rub or pack in a jar for your favorite food-lover.

Recipe for homemade rosemary lemon sea salt blend

This flavorful sea salt blend can be used to notch up the flavor of so many things — use it as a rub for all kinds of meat, poultry or seafood.

How to use Lemon Rosemary Salt

The fresh Mediterranean flavors in the blend are fantastic on roasted vegetables (potatoes!).

And it makes an out-of-this-world popcorn seasoning — toss it to taste with some fresh parmesan cheese and olive oil.

Herbal-infused salts are one of the simplest ways to add some zest (literally) to basic recipes, and they’re easily mixed together with ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen.

As soon as you make the blend the mixture will become moist from the oils in the lemon and rosemary.

But eventually the salt dries them out, essentially preserving and intensifying their flavor and infusing the salt at the same time.

Rosemary Lemon Spiced Salt

Lemon Rosemary Salt Blend

Karen Tedesco
For a tasty spice rub, use about 1 tablespoon per pound of meat, poultry or fish.
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5 from 5 community reviews
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Pantry
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 16 servings


Makes 3/4 cup seasoned salt

  • ¼ cup (73 g) coarse sea salt or kosher salt, [Diamond is my recommended brand]
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) turbinado raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) crumbed red chile flakes
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) coriander seeds
  • 1 lemon


  • Mix the salt, sugar, chili flakes and rosemary in a bowl.
  • Grind the peppercorns, fennel and coriander seeds in a small spice grinder. Stir into the bowl.
  • Peel the lemon thinly with a vegetable peeler, avoiding the white pith as much as possible. Slice the peel into thin matchsticks, then slice crosswise to make tiny squares.
  • Stir the lemon into the salt mixture. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet in one layer. Let the mixture dry for a day or two before packing into a small jar.


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1777mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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  1. Andrea C. says:

    5 stars
    So interesting! I just used a mix of Morton’s and Diamond as I was finishing off one box. This is my first time making this, so I will keep this in mind if I make it again. I think I had way more Diamond Kosher in the mix. It smells amazing. Giving for holiday gifts and will be using for our Christmas meal. I will report back. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Olaf the Omnivorous says:

    5 stars
    Wow, this was so dang good! I put it on some porkchops before baking and they came out so flavorful and delicious! The salt to spice ratio is absolutely perfect. I’m definitely trying it on chicken next, but this recipe has already earned its place in my personal favorite cookbook.

  3. Using fresh rosemary, how long does it keep? Will using dried make a big difference in taste?

  4. Nicole, I like the Spice House too. They have some blends and things that Penzey’s doesn’t carry.

    Steamy Kitchen, the bamboo salt collection looks beautiful! I’m inspired to make one myself 🙂

  5. I love making different seasoned salts, too! This one sounds great! I have never been to Penzeys but I order my spices online from The Spice House (same family). Using really fresh spices makes such a big difference!

  6. SteamyKitchen says:

    I too have an obsession with salt.

  7. I love Penzyes… I could waste away an entire afternoon in that store!
    You have a lovely blog. Thanks for visiting mine because now I know of yours 🙂

  8. I have had the same troubles with Kosher salt…I normally use Diamond Kosher and upon moving to St. Louis, could not find it and settled for Morton Kosher. Ever since that day, I have been struggling to make food that is not over-salty 🙁 I think I am adjusting to it now. Thanks for writing about Penzey’s…I *have* to go and take a look!

  9. I’m lucky to attest to how great the Tuscan Spice Mix is: so far I’ve just been using it on vegetables and eggs. Must now try it with the pork! Nice to have you back!

  10. This sounds like a great recipe. I made some Rosemary Salt for Christmas presents this year too. I’m saving your recipe right now.

    And Penzeys rocks.

  11. Wow, Anna. That is a salty surprise. And good for you for getting the NYT to rethink, and perfect, their testing of salt in their recipes. I just love that there are people like you that provoke these kinds of conversations!

  12. Hey, I am salt geek too! I don’t know if I told you this, but Amanda Hesser did a series of chocolate chip cookie recipes calling for what seemed to me like excessive amounts of Kosher salt. People kept complaining about the cookies. I made the cookies, skeptical about the salt content, and discovered they were indeed WAY too salty. Turns out NYT was using Diamond Kosher which is about 1/3 less salty than Morton kosher. I wrote emailed Amanda, she and her test kitchen revisited the situation and the NYT test kitchen re-tested their recipes with Morton to find that the cookies were horribly salt. They now plan on taking the saltiness of salt into consideration.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You’re back! 🙂 Glad to see a new post. Thanks for the salt blend idea(s). Wish we had a Penzey’s around here. Everyone raves about their spices so.