How to Substitute Salt | Cook's Illustrated

How to Substitute Salt

By Cook's Illustrated Published May 2005

Salt is an integral ingredient. Use our tips when you need a substitution.

For all intents and purposes, table salt is "saltier" than kosher salt or coarse sea salt. (Table salt has smaller individual crystals, so more crystals of table salt than kosher or sea salt will fit into a measuring spoon.)

To Replace: 1 tablespoon table salt

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Morton Kosher Salt or fleur de sel
  • 2 tablespoons diamond Crystal Kosher Salt or Maldon Sea Salt

Caution: Kosher salt and coarse sea salt do not dissolve as readily as table salt; for this reason, we do not recommend using them in baking recipes.

Table salt is "saltier" than kosher salt or coarse sea salt. Follow our instructions to make proper substitutions.