If you’re ever in a pinch and don’t have this classic seasoning on hand for a recipe, this quick and easy homemade garlic salt is for you!

Bonus: when you make this garlic salt blend yourself, you control the ingredients and amounts! Fresh is always best – and it stores beautifully, too.

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I love making my own homemade seasoning blends! I’ve shared many of them with you over the years, with the hope that they make your life easier and allow you to customize as needed.

One of my favorite zesty additions to a wide variety of food is garlic. We’ve shown you How to Peel and Mince Garlic, How to Make Garlic Paste and even shared some easy Garlic Conversions to make your cooking a little easier!

However, there are times where you just don’t have fresh garlic on hand, or you want something with more of an effortless punch of flavor. Enter garlic salt!

This easy to make spice blend gives you the best of garlic powder with an added mixture of salt to bring out all the good flavors of your soups, pasta dishes, breads, and so much more.

A small glass jar filled with homemade garlic salt, placed on a marble countertop. A copper measuring spoon is placed near the jar.

What is Garlic Salt?

It’s a seasoning salt blend of traditional garlic powder, with the addition of salt. In many commercially available seasoning blends, there are often anti-caking ingredients and preservatives added as well.

This homemade version eliminates all the additives and just sticks to the good stuff: garlic and salt!

What’s the Difference Between Garlic Salt and Garlic Powder?

The main difference between these two spice blends is the addition of salt in garlic salt.

What does that mean for you in the kitchen, though? It means that these two seasonings are not interchangeable. One has additional salt and the other does not – so your recipes will be affected in a significant way!

Don’t use garlic salt in place of garlic powder, or the other way around. Your recipes will quite simply be much too salty or bland if you interchange these two!

A small glass jar filled with homemade garlic salt, placed on a marble countertop.

Garlic Salt Ingredients

There are only two ingredients – yes, it really is that simple!

  • Garlic Powder – Choose a great quality brand of spices because the simple ingredients here really need to shine.
  • Salt – any table salt that you have on hand will work for this recipe!

Variations

  • Add a pinch of onion powder, too.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper for even more of a kick.
  • A little grated Parmesan cheese is wonderful in this seasoning blend, but be sure to store in the refrigerator if you add it!

How to Make Homemade Garlic Salt

  1. Combine
  2. Store
A small glass jar filled with homemade garlic salt, placed on a marble countertop. A copper measuring spoon is in the jar.

Tips

  • Adjust ingredient amounts to your taste.
  • Fill small, lidded glass jars.
  • Or, try a pretty salt cellar to leave out on your countertop if this seasoning is something you use frequently in your kitchen.
  • Make sure to add a label with the contents and the date.
  • Homemade seasoning blends make a great gift for neighbors and friends!

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

A small glass jar filled with homemade garlic salt, placed on a marble countertop.

Where to Use this Homemade Garlic Salt

A small glass jar filled with homemade garlic salt, placed on a marble countertop. A copper measuring spoon is in the jar.

Make Ahead

  1. This recipe is great for making ahead of time! Use a small funnel to transfer into a small jar with a lid.
  2. Label and date.

How to Store

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in a dark space like your pantry or spice cabinet for the longest lasting spices. Generally you can store seasoning blends like this one for six months!

Find a similar glass jar with gold lid pictured in these photos here, and find a similar wooden salt cellar here.

A homemade garlic salt blend in a small wooden salt cellar, with a glass bottle of garlic powder to the side.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegan
  • Keto Friendly

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A small glass jar filled with homemade garlic salt, placed on a marble countertop. A copper measuring spoon is placed near the jar.
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Homemade Garlic Salt

If you’re ever in a pinch and don’t have garlic salt for a recipe, this quick and easy homemade garlic salt is for you!
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Combine ingredients into a small bowl, stirring well.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to six months.

Julie’s Tips

Variations

  • Add a pinch of onion powder, too.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper for even more of a kick.
  • A little grated Parmesan cheese is wonderful in this seasoning blend, but be sure to store in the refrigerator if you add it!

Tips

  • Adjust ingredient amounts to your taste. Want less salt or more? Taste test and decide what’s best for your needs! 
  • Fill small, lidded glass or wooden jars. Make sure to add a label with the contents and the date.
Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.04g | Fat: 0.002g | Saturated Fat: 0.001g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.02mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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