5 Kosher Salt Substitutes

Kosher salt makes for an excellent addition to most recipes. However, if you find that you’ve run out of all your kosher salt, or you’re unable to find kosher salt in your local store, you’ll want to try and find a suitable replacement for it.

Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of all the best substitutes for kosher salt! 

1. Coarse Sea Salt

Coarse Sea Salt

Made by evaporating seawater, sea salt is a great substitute for kosher salt due to the grains being a similar size, so you can add the same amount of sea salt as you usually would kosher salt, it also has a similar taste to sea salt too! 

So whether you’re seasoning or using it to cook dishes, a teaspoon of sea salt is roughly the same as 1 ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, so keep this in mind!

2. Fine Sea Salt

Fine Sea Salt

Fine sea salt is another fantastic kosher salt replacement, however, keep in mind that the grains are a lot smaller, so you’ll need a lot less! 

For every 1 teaspoon of kosher salt that the recipe calls for, use ½ teaspoon instead! 

3. Pink Himalayan Salt

Pink Himalayan Salt

Mined from the Punjab region of Pakistan, this exciting salt is pink in color, and has a similar size and texture to kosher salt, and is much slower to dissolve, also like kosher salt. Which is why it’s such a good substitute! 

You don’t need to worry about changing the measurements when swapping between kosher salt and pink Himalayan salt, so use as much as the recipe calls for you to use. 

4. Table Salt

Table Salt

The great thing about table salt is that it is so readily available! Most people will tend to have some table salt lying around their house somewhere, which is why it makes a great kosher salt substitute. 

Different brands of table salt might have slightly different tastes, and because the grain size is much smaller, you should use ½ the amount of table salt than you would use of kosher salt in your recipes.

5. Pickling Salt

Pickling Salt

Sometimes known also as canning salt, or preserving salt, this salt is most commonly used to preserve pickles.

This salt has extremely fine grains and dissolves easily, which means you might want to avoid it if you’re looking for salt to finish a dish. 

Substitute your kosher salt with 1 ½ teaspoon of pickling salt for the best effects!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Normal Salt Instead? 

Yes! If you don’t happen to have any kosher salt, or can’t find any in store, then use regular salt. 

Is Kosher Salt Different From Regular Salt?

Kosher salt is very different from regular salt, as it has a much flakier texture, and is much less salty than your typical salt is. 

Which Substitute Is Best For Kosher Salt?

Overall, the best replacement is coarse sea salt, this is because of its taste, texture, grain size, and are used in similar ways. 

Do I Use The Same Amount Of Substitute Salt As I Would For Kosher Salt?

No, you need to make sure you change the amount of salt you use according to the grain size difference. 


As you can see, replacing kosher salt with a substitute is really easy, so if you can’t happen to find it anywhere, or you’ve run out, then don’t worry, just make use of one of the substitutes we’ve suggested! 

5 Kosher Salt Substitutes

5 Kosher Salt Substitutes

Recipe by Jenna
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  • Coarse Sea Salt

  • Fine Sea Salt

  • Pink Himalayan Salt

  • Table Salt

  • Pickling Salt


  • Decided on what substitute you need
  • Pick a substitute from the list above
  • Read what you need to substitute with
  • Create the recipe and enjoy

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