Homemade Herbed Sea Salt Recipe (Herbamare)

Ali Segersten Aug 19, 2016 9 comments

If you have not already noticed, I absolutely love Herbamare! It is a fantastic replacement for salt or bouillon in savory recipes because it adds flavor without adding as much sodium. By replacing some of the salt with savory herbs and vegetables, you can naturally reduce the sodium while increasing the depth of flavors in your meals. Additionally, the kelp, herbs, and vegetables add important trace minerals, beneficial plant compounds, and pre-biotic fibers that feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Last year I began making my own homemade herbed sea salt recipe to mimic Herbamare. This helps save money and, if you have a garden, helps preserve some of your herb and vegetable harvest! It is so incredibly easy to make once you gather up all of the ingredients. You will just need a food processor or high-powered blender. And, if you don't have all of the ingredients don't worry! This recipe is very forgiving. Experiment with different dried herbs to get the flavor you like best. You can even make a spicy sea salt by including some dried chilies and black pepper!

This homemade herbed sea salt is one of the new recipes I added to the revised edition of my Nourishing Meals book. Use it in soups and stews, on top of scrambled eggs, sprinkled over mashed avocado on toast, use it to make roasted chicken taste amazing, and in any other savory recipe.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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This looks wonderful, Ali! I started making my own herbed salt last year on a whim. It's SO much nicer than anything you can buy in a store. Can't wait to try your version. Thank you! :)

Ahh I see! I've never actually smoked my own sea salt. I would just replace the salt you have with a plain smoked salt such as this one here:

Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt: http://amzn.to/2bVTzLl

My question is actually - how can we smoke salt ourselves? (The smoked salt I was buying has garlic as one of the ingredients, so I can no longer use it.) We can try adding other things to it, but how do we actually smoke the salt itself?

You are very welcome. Enjoy! :)

I'm very excited about trying this recipe and such a good time of year to get the recipe so I can dehydrate herbs from the garden. Thank you so much for sharing.

Hi Rob,

I think using smoked sea salt in place of the regular sea salt would be delicious! Especially if you added some dried chili peppers and black peppercorns. I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

How could we make this into Smoked Salt? I've been using (& loving) Smoked Salt, but can no longer have garlic so have had to stop using it.

Hi there!
Yes, you can absolutely leave the garlic and onion powder out.

As far as the celery powder, no celery seed powder is not the same thing. Though you could certainly use it, just in much smaller quantities (2 to 3 teaspoons total per batch). You can easily dehydrate celery if you own a dehydrator and want to do that, or just leave it out.

As far as brand recommendations, here you go:

Kelp: http://amzn.to/2bsMxzD
Kelp Powder: http://amzn.to/2bkwxOK
Sea Salt: http://amzn.to/2bkwOBd

Let me know how it turns out! :)

Hi Ali,
I am really excited to try this recipe! I've stayed away from Herbamare because I don't do well with garlic and onion powder. I am excited to make my own Herbamare and just leave those out!

Could you add your recommendations for brands? I'd love to know what salt and kelp you use. Is celery seed powder the same as celery powder? Thanks so much!!

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