Guide to Artisan Salt Types

With at least 150 types of artisan salt on the market, there's a salt for just about every purpose. Explore our favorite artisan types in this guide.


  • Left column, top to bottom: Black, Red, Maldon, Gray Sea Salt Right column, top to bottom: Smoked, Shio, Himalayan, Fleur De Sel
    Photo By Thomas Gibson

With at least 150 artisan salts on the market, there’s a salt for just about every purpose. Below is a list of some of the most widely available types. Cooking salts are perfect for uses where they will eventually commingle with other flavors. Use finishing salts to season food after you prepare it, and to add texture and bursts of flavor. For more about artisan salt, read the original article, All About Salt.

Black Salt

• Appearance: Combined with activated charcoal; sulfuric aroma and silky texture 
• Best uses: Finishing salt; sharp, earthy flavor excellent on sushi or grilled meats and veggies

Smoked Salt



• Appearance: Pale yellow to brown 
• Best uses: Cooking and finishing salts; sweet, woody, deep, smoky and fruity flavors (depending on type and age of wood used for smoking)

Red Salt



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