Lime salt is one of the best condiments out there and probably The easiest to make at home.
I tested a couple different “recipes” for lime salt and I’m going to tell you which one is the very best.
(My favorite version involves a grater, a lime and a handful of salt, super easy).
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Oh lime salt, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
My love for all things citrus is unchecked.
I have featured:
But, I digress.
I also love salt.
So, a combination of freshly grated lime zest and an equal amounts of sea salt? Sign me up.
I had a couple of inspirations in trying this recipe.
But before that, I was at my local food co-op, you know, that bastion of hippies, old and young as well as foodies like myself, and there was a display of over-priced little tins of flavored salts.
I was thinking the flavored salts would make great hostess gifts. Or a good stocking stuffer for the cook in my life.
Then I realized flavored salts are probably super easy to make and probably cost just a song in comparison.
How Can I Use Lime Salt?
So. Many. Ways
Sure you can rim your cocktail glasses with lime salt for classic shaken margaritas.
But, wait, there’s more:
My current favorite: dipping slices of cucumber fresh from the garden into lime salt. Oh goodness.
Sprinkle lime salt over:
- Steak tacos
- Spicy Shrimp Nachos
- Sweet potato fries
- Thai dishes
- Grilled vegetables–stupendous
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- Tortilla chips
- Baked potatoes
- Fish Sandwiches
- Grapefruit martini
- Cherry Coke
- Bloody Mary
- Bloody Maria
How to Make Lime Salt
I feel silly posting a recipe card for this but I will.
Lime salt recipes fall into one of two camps.
You either combine equal amounts of fresh lime zest and kosher salt in a small bowl.
Or, you combine equal amounts zest and salt and then bake at 250 for 30 minutes, let cool, then store.
I do not recommend the latter method.
Baking the lime salt sucks all the freshness out of the zest and you’re left with a modestly flavored salt.
I want that lime zest to stand up and scream. Lime is a big, bold flavor. Don’t dry it out.
- Zest of 1 medium size lime (about a tablespoon)
- 2 Tablespoons kosher salt or sea salt
Lay a piece of wax paper on your counter to do your zesting over.
With a Microplane zester, zest all the green skin from one lime, making sure not to zest any of the white part or pith,, which is bitter.
Measure two tablespoons of kosher salt or sea salt into a small bowl or pour directly onto your tablespoon of lime zest.
Store in a small jar or resealable container.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 2Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1106mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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