Gourmet Sea Salt

Finishing Salt - Distinctive salts that add something special when sprinkled on food. Some finishing salts can also be used as cooking salts.

A good finishing salt has unique mineral, moisture, and crystal qualities that play off your food to create more flavor, better texture, and new beauty.

Guide to Gourmet and Artisan Salt Types


There are as many ways to use artisan salt as there are ways to cook.

The Meadow's selection of more than 110 artisan salts will bring newfound pleasure and beauty to your table. Fleur de sel, sel gris, flake salts, smoked and flavored salts and more. Every dish deserves the best salt.

As a general rule, you get the most from your food - and from your gourmet salt - by using as little salt as possible during cooking, then sprinkling your food with a finishing salt at the end. Buy sea salts from around the world for use at home or professionally. Hover over categories below for a guided tour of the different kinds of salt!



Finishing Salt - Salt for sprinkling on prepared food

Cooking Salt - Salt for roasting, brining, boiling water, & seasoning

Curing Salt - Salt for terrines & cured meat

Salt by Dish - Every dish deserves the perfect salt. We pick some of our favorites for just about every food group.
Fleur de Sel - Delicate, granular crystals with a touch of moisture and mild saltiness. The ultimate finishing salt for subtler foods like fish, poultry, cooked veggies, eggs, bread and butter. These are among the rarest and most treasured salts. A small jar of fleur de sel is all you need for months of salting.
Sel Gris - Hefty, moist crystals with a minerally saltiness. The perfect finishing salt for steaks, lamb, hearty vegetables. Also the ultimate cooking salt, for pasta water, grilling meats, ground up for baking, or for salt crusts. Because they're great cooking salts, buy sel gris in large quantities and throw away your table salt!
Flake Salt - Dry, flakey crystals with a bright, sparkly saltiness. A favorite finishing salt for salads and fresh veggies, or added to dish for a salty contrast, extra beauty and crunch. A little flake salt goes a long way, but they're so wonderful to use that it helps to have a good supply on hand anyway!
Quarried Salt - Hard, dry crystals with moderate mineral content and virtually no moisture, usually ground up mechanically for use as a finishing salt. Great for people who like to use salt grinders as a replacement for refined table salt.
Coarse Traditional Sea Salt - Traditional sea salt left in its natural state, available in a huge range of mineral, crystal, and moisture varieties. Useful for finishing, cooking and brining, depending on the salt. Traditional sea salts make up the largest category of salts.
Fine Traditional Sea Salt - Traditional sea salt that is then milled to a fine or medium grind. These come in a huge range of mineral, crystal, and moisture qualities. Useful for finishing, cooking, baking, salt-curing, and brining, depending on the salt. Traditional sea salts make up the largest category of salts.
Himalayan Salt Blocks - A pink salt quarried by hand, cut into slabs for use in preparing and serving food. Heat a Cookware Grade salt brick to 500 degrees to sear scallops, keep a Tableware Grade salt plate cool to serve sashimi, or freeze a bowl to salty chocolate ice cream!
Salt Rocks - Quarried rocks of pink salt, with zero moisture and moderate trace minerals. Can be used with grater, set on a plate as a garnish or on a window sill for decoration, or used for any other creative idea.
Smoked Salt - Fine sea salt or fleur de sel that is cold-smoked with hardwood for a smoky scent and woodsy color. Wonderful as a finishing salt adding smoky-rich aromas and flavors to everything from popcorn to salmon to chocolate mouse. Some even use them in brines.
Flavored Salt - Any kind of salt (usually a Fine Traditional Sea Salt) that is combined with spices, herbs, or other foods. Can be used as both finishing and cooking salts. Best used to achieve effects that are difficult, expensive, or impossible to do otherwise: a pinch of plum salt on halibut adds beautiful salty acidity, a touch of black truffle salt on eggs is the a cost-effective use of truffle, and a sprinkle of soy salt on steak gives unique crunchy-rich savor.
Browse All Salts - A complete listing of the hundreds of gourmet salt products we currently offer online. If you are shopping for a new salt, the best place to start is often with a category, such as fleur de sel or flake, below. But if you're adventurous, dive in!
Gourmet Salt Sets - New to gourmet salt? The Starter Set of Artisan Salts is the tried and true path to salting success with six core salts and a comprehensive guide. A salt expert? The Meadow Set is for professional chefs and serious foodies seeking the most exceptional salts to take food to the highest peaks of flavor. Love smoked salts? Our Smoked Salt Set give you a wonderful sampling of the most distinctive and delicious smoked salts.
Salt by Country - Travel the world in salt. Catch a glimmer of the sea, the earth, the sky, and the people from some of the great artisan salt making lands of the world.
Salt & Pepper Mills - A good pepper mill makes all the difference. We offer dozens of varieties of salt and pepper mills by Peugeot and other manufactures.
Salt Bowls, Cellars, & Spoons - The best way to present your beautiful artisan finishing salt is with a salt cellar. Keep in mind that salts with moisture in them, like fleur de sel or sel gris, should be stored in a closed container after use. The same goes for salts with volatile aromatics, such as smoked salts or infused salts. Flakey salts and many traditional salts can be left out in a salt cellar.

Know the Basics

Finishing Salt - Distinctive salts that add something special when sprinkled on food. Some finishing salts can also be used as cooking salts.

A good finishing salt has unique mineral, moisture, and crystal qualities that play off your food to create more flavor, better texture, and new beauty.

Cooking Salt - Salt for roasting, brining, boiling water, & seasoning. Some cooking salts can also be used as finishing salts or curing salts.

A good cooking salt is rich in trace minerals, inexpensive, and contributes to environmental and cultural preservation.

Grinder Salt - Salt for use in salt mills as a finishing salt.

A good grinder salt has virtually zero moisture, is unrefined, and is high in minerals.

Pickling & Brining Salt - Salt added to water to preserve foods in brine, or added to water to hydrate and tenderize (mostly meats) in brine.

A good pickling or brining salt is naturally rich in minerals, unrefined, and made in an environmentally supportive way.

Curing Salt -Salts for curing meats, such as in the preparation of dry cured sausages or hams. These salts can include one or more of the following: potassium nitrite, potassium nitrite, sodium chloride.

A good curing salt depends on the cure, and it is important to follow curing recipes closely. Never eat a curing salt by itself.

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