Spiced Salt

An Alternative to Table Salt
Good on Fish and Chicken

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This is a Seasoned Salt that is good as a substitute for Table Salt, and also versatile in cooking.  It works well for cooking Chicken, any Fish Steaks or Fillets.  It can also be used to flavor Rice, Pasta and Vegetables.

The recipe is adapted from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and was served at restaurant Vong in Manhattan in place of ordinary Table Salt.

Spiced Salt

Asian Fusion


2 heaping tablespoons Star Anise
2 Cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
3 tablespoons Sichuan Pepper (Hua Jiao)
2 tablespoons Cloves
2 teaspoons Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon Celery Seed
½ cup Kosher Salt or Sea Salt


Mortar and Pestle

Mortar and Pestle

Grind the Star Anise, Cinnamon, Sichuan Pepper, Cloves and Cumin Seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.  Combine the Spices and Salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

This mixture provides intense flavor and piquancy but with only half the amount of sodium of ordinary Table Salt.



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