Go Natural with Salt Block Cooking

salt block cooking

It’s hard to find a more natural cooking or serving surface than a pure salt block. You might think that cooking on a slab of pure salt would over-season your carefully planned recipes, but when used correctly, a salt block imparts just a hint of salinity. And you can use it to both cook your food and serve it with simple elegance.

Just What Is a Salt Block and Why Should I Cook with It?

Himalayan pink salt blocks are mined from deep within the high mountains of Pakistan. The ancient salt is removed from the mountains in the form of huge boulders. Before the big chunks of salt find their way to your kitchen, they are sliced into slabs, blocks, bricks and plates or sculpted into bowls. Because this salt has been untouched and deep within the earth, unexposed to pollution, Himalayan pink salt may be the cleanest, purest salt on earth. Salt blocks retain heat well and season food evenly because of their density and their efficient heat conduction. They are available in many shapes and sizes and can be used over and over again if properly cared for.

How Am I Supposed to Use This Thing?

Salt blocks hold any temperature well, giving them a variety of uses. Moisture-laden foods pick up more of the salt flavor. You can freeze or chill the blocks to serve cold food, use at room temperature to naturally cure thin slices of salmon or crank them up to 500°F or more to quickly sear steaks, scallops, tuna or vegetables. You can compress and cook a butterflied chicken breast on the grill by placing a heated salt block on top of it. You can even bake on them in the oven if you temper them properly. Follow the instructions that come with your salt block to bring it to the desired temperature gradually - moisture and heating it too fast can cause it to crack. A laser thermometer can tell you when the proper temperature has been reached. You might want t

o consider heat resistant gloves and a holder for your block to protect it from bumps.

Even with proper use, your salt block will get smaller over time, but you can still use it to grate over food or season a pot of soup.

How Should I Clean My Salt Block?

Not in the dishwasher! Unless you want a magically disappearing salt block - the hot water bath of a dishwasher can dissolve it in a single cycle. Instead, Use a slightly moist sponge (the less water the better) and nylon brush or scrubbie to remove stubborn food particles after the block has cooled completely. But avoid rinsing under running water - that will send some of your salt block down the drain. Your salt block has natural anti-microbial properties, so don’t use soap. Just wipe, scrub lightly if needed and repeat until clean. There are plastic scrapers that are effective in removing extra-stubborn globs. Pat dry with a paper towel and allow it to air dry for 24 hours before next use. 

Salt Block Basics

Salt blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here is a sampling of blocks that meet a variety of purposes. If you are looking for a new way to cook, chill, grill and serve with a completely natural product, one of these salt blocks will be just right for you.

HemingWeigh Himalayan Natural Salt Cooking Tile (12X8X2)

This large salt cooking tile from HemingWeigh can cook and serve enough food for you and your guests. Place it directly on your grill or heat on your stove top to sear or cook directly on the heated tile for evenly and thoroughly cooked foods. Or place it in the freezer to chill and keep foods cold for hours to serve sushi, appetizers, cheeses and more.

Zenware Himalayan Block Cooking Salt Plate (10X6X2)

The Zenware Himalayan Salt Block will add sizzle and natural flavor to your meals. The thick salt slab can be placed on top of your stovetop or BBQ grill for simmering and searing your favorite foods. The Zenware Salt Block is not recommended for oven use.
 It's also suitable for serving chilled food - refrigerate for an hour or two and use it as a serving plate.

Tiabo Himalayan Salt Slab Block (8X8X1.5)

Each slab of Tiabo Himalayan salt is carved by hand to ensure high quality cuts.
 Use it while barbecuing or grilling. It can be placed on either your grill or stove top.
 Because of the unique absorption abilities of this salt slab, you can use it to keep your food cold or warm, and the 8 by 8 inch size is versatile. It's easy to clean with a wet cloth.

Cuisinart Himalayan Pink Salt Grilling Stone (8X8X1.5)

Cuisinart is a trusted brand when it comes to all things cooking, and this Himalayan Salt Stone is a natural and incredible way to flavor your grilling experience. Along with making better tasting food, it makes a great presentation. Start with the basics like burgers and steak and continue cooking adventures like scallops, carné asada and more!

Bitterman’s Himalayan Salt Block (8X12X1.5)

Whether flash-searing ahi tuna steaks, presenting artfully arranged sashimi or chilling delicious ribbons of salted caramel, this thick, hand-cut slab of pink Himalayan salt is an inventive way to cook, chill and serve your favorite dishes. Chill and serve sushi, beef carpaccio or cheeses, cure salmon gravlax or sear shrimp and scallops tableside. While the plate is able to withstand exposure to high heat, it does need to come up to temperature gradually. Naturally microbial and easy to clean, simply scrub with a grill brush or a damp sponge.

IndusClassic Himalayan Salt Block, Plate and Slab (8X4X2)

A nice size for one or two people, use this IndusClassic Salt Block for grilling or chilling, Sear and serve, too. The thick blocks provide even heat distribution and make a pretty presentation at table. Himalayan salt is rich in nutrients which are transferred to your food during cooking.


Do you want the care and feeding of your new salt block to be safer and easier? These go-with tools can help you protect yourself from burns, check for proper temperature and speed up cleaning.

Grill Heat Aid Oven Gloves

These gloves are made with 2 layers of seamlessly knitted high quality materials that leave you safeguarded from even extreme heat. The exterior layer is made of meta & para-aramid, while the inside of the glove is lined with breathable and comfortable 100% cotton.

Flamen BBQ Grilling Cooking Gloves 932°F

The Flamen™ Heat Resistant Glove is made of a manmade textile with amazing heat protection characteristics called aramid fiber. Aramid fiber is used by race car drivers, astronauts, fire fighters, as well as jet fighter pilots. It forms a barrier preventing high heat from entering the soft cotton inner layer, delivering ultimate heat protection. Certified to withstand heat up to 932°F for 10 to 15 seconds. 

Artisan Griller Heat Resistant Insulated Cooking Gloves

This 14-inch pro design glove has an insulated non-slip design
. Comfortable and flame resistant, the pit glove has a soft jersey cotton liner that fits loosely so your hands stay cool and comfortable
. Premium neoprene coating is FDA compliant, waterproof and offers great flexibility.

LURICO Digital Dual Laser Infrared Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

Measure the temperature of food, salt blocks, pizza stones, oven walls, range tops, frying pans or fryer oil, grill, refrigerator and freezer with safety and accuracy. Want your pizza stone at 485°F? Easy. Or use a Himalayan Salt Block at 500°F to grill that salmon indoors? Instant feedback!


Temperature Gun by ennoLogic

Get safe and accurate temperature readings with an adjustable display. Two built-in laser pointers precisely identify the target spot you're pointing at
 to help you know when your Himalayan salt stone is at the perfect temperature for cooking your special meal. The large, easy-to-read display is enhanced with a bright backlight.


Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Salt Brick Press

This Salt Brick Press is the perfect accessory for your Himalayan Salt Brick when you use your brick to press food. Your Salt Brick Press will make your Himalayan Salt Brick much easier to maneuver. The Salt Brick Press wraps around your salt brick and gives you a firm hold as you press your it onto meat or other proteins on the grill. Stainless steel construction and ribbed handle help prevent slipping.

Charcoal Companion Salt Plate Holder

Durable porcelain coated steel holder provides easier, safer transport of salt plate from cooking surface to table. Handling a salt plate with the holder eliminates excess pressure to any one area of the plate while protecting fragile edges, extending the salt plate's useful life. 12.24 by 8.30 by .54 inches with 1.13 inch-wide cross bars.

Teikis Himalayan Salt Plate Holder

This plate is constructed with durable porcelain-coated steel, which is made to withstand high heat. Handles and plate are able to hold up to 25 to 30 pounds, which allows you to serve and cook just about anything you desire. 14.5 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches.



Charcoal Companion Salt Block Cleaning Brush

Keep your salt plate in prime condition for grilling, cooking and serving with the Salt Block Cleaning Brush. The handheld scrubber has nylon bristles to gently clean the surface of the salt block and a stainless steel blade to remove baked-on food bits or glaze. Dishwasher safe in top shelf.

Have you wowed your friends and family with a meal prepared on a salt block? What is your most successful dish and what tips do you have for preparing it? Share your salt block successes in the Comments section so we'll know what to try next!

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