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How to Make Rosemary Salt

Rosemary Salt is a recipe I came up with after I bought some in San Francisco and then re-created it at home after my purchased version was gone!

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(Years ago Kalyn’s Kitchen was part of Holiday Recipes at Oprah.com, and this was one of the recipes featured there. You can check out Spice Blends to Make for a Homemade Food Gift to see other spice blends I’ve enjoyed.)

We all know those amazing people who make incredible holiday treats like homemade candies and baked goods and give them out to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Even back in the days when I was more interested in sugary treats, I was never one of those people. Still, even though I’m not a baker or a candy-maker, I do like to make something from the kitchen for a Christmas gift, and for many years I’ve created interesting blends of herbs and spices to give as little holiday gifts.

My idea to make Rosemary Salt was inspired by a bottle from Eatwell Farms that I bought at the Ferry Building Farmers Market when I went to San Francisco. All summer I ate it on tomatoes, grilled veggies, and chicken, and the first time I tasted it, I knew I wanted to try making some. This was simple to make, and I think it will be a treat for anyone you want to give it to for a homemade food gift.

How to Make Rosemary Salt:

1. I used a relatively inexpensive variety of sea salt crystals from the grocery store, and dried cracked rosemary from Penzeys. If you don’t have cracked rosemary you’ll need to buzz your rosemary in the food processor for a couple of minutes so each of the dried rosemary leaves is broken into several pieces.

2. I’m making herb blends for people at my school, quite a few people, so I can’t afford jars for this. I simply put the rosemary salt into a small plastic bag and stapled on a note about how to use the salt, with a Kalyn’s Kitchen card (designed by the fabulous Rand. Scroll down for the complete printable recipe for making this!

Suggested uses for rosemary salt:

  1. Use sparingly, as you would regular salt.
  2. Sprinkle on fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, or avocado.
  3. This is an excellent seasoning for eggs, potatoes, butternut squash, or chicken.
  4. Rosemary Salt is delicious on any type of roasted or grilled vegetables.

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How to Make Rosemary Salt

How to Make Rosemary Salt

Yield 4 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

After I loved the Rosemary Salt I bought in San Francisco and used it all, I came up with this recipe to make it at home! Gift it for a homemade food gift, or cut the recipe down if you're just making some for yourself.


  • 3 cups sea salt crystals
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cracked rosemary (see notes)


  1. If you don't have cracked rosemary, measure rosemary and put into food processor with steel blade attached.
  2. Process about 2 minutes, until rosemary is broken into small bits.
  3. Add salt to the rosemary in food processor and process with steel blade less than one minute, until salt and rosemary are well combined.
  4. Don't process too long. You want this to still have a slightly chunky texture.


If you don't have Cracked Rosemary (affiliate link) you can buzz dried rosemary in a food processor.

This recipe created by Kalyn, inspired by Rosemary Salt purchased in San Francisco!

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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    15 Comments on “How to Make Rosemary Salt”

  1. I have a large rosemary in my herb garden which I use more than several times a week. Should I dry it before making this salt or will the salt dry it this making it more savory?

    • I have only made it with dried rosemary, but I do think the freshly-dried rosemary will be amazing in this. I have rosemary this year, so I should make some and update the photos!

  2. I found my rosemary sea salt at a Paris neighborhood market when we were there. It is so wonderful on so many things. It would make a lovely gift! Great idea and I have rosemary growing in the front and back yards!

  3. this is a great idea. I can “smell” the salt mix you put together. Morning comes, I need to get out and snip some fresh rosemary and dry them out to make this blend. Thanks for sharing this nice gift idea Kalyn!

  4. Rosemarry Salt – sound like wonderful idea! Def to try out when I have rosemarry on hand!

  5. I’m glad you all like this idea, I love the rosemary salt from Eatwell Farms so much, I had to try making it. Lucky you who have your own fresh rosemary still. Love the sound of some of other salts like the fennel/lemon peel salt and Sher’s citrus salt. (Sher, please share your recipe.)

    More herb blends coming up the next two days.

    Christine, yes a clone of Rand would be great. I’m so lucky to have him.

  6. Mmmm, rosemary salt all over my roast potatoes, I definitely think so…

  7. I love the idea of this and I love the packaging with your card attached. I consider myself very lucky to have one of those cards, as you tucked it into the South Beach Cooking for Holidays cookbook that I won. Now, would someone please work on cloning Rand for the benefit of the rest of the food blogging world? :)))

  8. This looks gorgeous – Would make a great rub for steak I think.

  9. Wonderful!! I made some citrus salt last week, but haven’t gotten around to posting it. Note to self: Do it! :):)

  10. Wonderful idea! I have three rosemary plants that have survived a mild winter in my garden, where nothing else is growing at the moment. I was about to dig them up and give the plants to friends who will tend them over the winter….but rosemary salt is an even better idea.

  11. Cracked rosemary…too funny…looks like a fun present!

  12. What a wonderful idea to give salt blends as gifts! I just recieved one yesterday from a friend that had fennel seed and lemon peel with sea salt.

    I would have never thought to make it myself though, I will have to remember that for next year, maybe thinking ahead I can pick up a few jars here and there.

  13. I love this idea for holiday gifts! It’s so difficult to make all those sweets to give away without indulging a little myself. Though I’m making little individual pumpkin breads to give as teacher gifts this year, I’m going to keep this suggestion in mind for future holiday seasons.

  14. Thank you for the great idea. Rosemary grows well in my garden. I definitley try the recipe!