Difference Between Table Salt and Course Salt
Many recipes are now calling for course salt in lieu of regular table salt. But if specified, can you substitute your table salt instead? And what is the difference between table salt and course salt?
What is Table Salt?
Regular table salt is the finer ground of the salts and is most commonly used in cooking and baking. You will find table salt in most salt shakers and salt packets. Table salt has been refined and all of the minerals have been removed.
Most of us would find table salt easy to recognize and overly familiar because of the rounded blue Morton salt containers in the grocery store. If you can sprinkle it out of a salt shaker then that’s a good indication it’s basic table salt.
But what do we use when the recipe calls for “course” salt? Course salt is salt that has not been ground down into a finer table salt therefore making it thicker particles of salt.
Use Kosher Salt
Kosher salt isn’t necessarily a “coarse” salt, but it is one of the best salts you can choose when buying a course salt. Nothing is added to this salt like anti-clumping agents and it has not been heavily processed, making it a wiser choice for cooking. Kosher salt has a bigger grain size than regular table salt making it a perfect choice when “course” salt is on the ingredient list.
One of the benefits to cooking and seasoning with coarse Kosher salt is being able to feel the salt crystals with your finger tips. When sprinkling salt over vegetables or meats, you can actually measure by sight. Just grab some salt between your fingers and lightly season.
A courser salt will of course stick to meat better and not melt away like sprinkles of table salt.
Can you substitute table salt for a course salt?
Since table salt is really just a denser salt, you can substitute if necessary. Just use smaller amounts pf table salt when a recipe calls for course salt.
A full teaspoon of table salt would be a lot of salt sprinkled on a plate of steamed asparagus. But a teaspoon of Kosher or “course” salt would probably be perfect.