Rosemary Salt | Homemade, Simple & Delicious

This homemade rosemary salt is simple and delicious. It’s perfect for grilling and baking. Makes a great straight-from-the-kitchen gift too!

When I shared the tutorial for making a rosemary wreath, Gail (one of my readers) left a lovely comment and mentioned another way to use your homegrown rosemary. She makes rosemary salt, and even shared her method. I did a little research and discovered that there are two ways to make rosemary salt. The first, Gail’s method, uses dried rosemary. The second uses fresh rosemary, but the salt needs to be dried in the oven. That’s just one more step, so Gail’s method seemed easier and quicker.

I snipped some sprigs of dried rosemary from my wreath to make this. I felt very accomplished, and was so glad I had made the wreath! If you don’t want to bother with the wreath, just snip some rosemary stems, loosely tie them together, and hang them to dry. It’s very simple to put the rosemary salt together. Here’s how…

Rosemary Salt Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup kosher salt or course sea salt
5 dried rosemary stems

Strip the leaves from the rosemary stems. Discard the stems. Combine salt & rosemary in the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse until the rosemary is completely mixed with the salt. Package the salt mixture in an air-tight container.


Alternate method using fresh rosemary: Combine 1 cup kosher salt with 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary. (Just the leaves, no stems.) Spread out on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 200 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Cool. Blend in a small food processor to evenly distribute the rosemary. Store in an air-tight container.

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The next step was packaging. I decided to use mason jars but any container with a tight lid will work. A small funnel made the job of filling the jars super simple. The recipe above made two 4 oz. jars of salt with just a little bit left over.

At this point it occurred to me that this rosemary salt would make a perfect, homemade gift, so I made some labels for the jar lids. You can download and print them by clicking HERE.

Cut on the outside of the black circle for them to fit on the jar lid. Attach them to the lid with a tiny piece of double-sided tape.

There are all sorts of ways to use rosemary salt. Here are a few ideas:

Click HERE for a similar red striped kitchen towel.

Thank you so much for stopping by…I hope you are enjoying these August days. Soak up the sun, enjoy harvesting your garden, and buy yourself some sunflowers!

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47 Comments

  1. I love this rosemary salt and make it every year to give as gifts. I use it on just about everything.

  2. Koni Billings says:

    Oh Ann, what a lovely idea for a gift! I use my fresh rosemary stems all the time, for everything from cooking to refreshing linens. I never thought to add to salt, but why not? I use it with the salt in my meat cooking quite often. Especially with a roaster chicken and potatoes. This cuts just one more step away! I actually have a stash of green, shiny Mason lids so a tag will look delicious on it. Thanks for this one.
    From the Heart of the Great State of Texas, Koni Billings

  3. I Just made this rosemary salt for the second year. It is delicious and always an appreciated gift. Thank you so much for a wonderful site.

  4. Ann, I love your website. I appreciate your inspiration and have tried several décor ideas and
    recipes. I recently made the rosemary parmesan chicken for my sister and her husband. He
    is gluten free so I used gluten free panko bread crumbs. We all loved it and I’ll be fixing it
    more often.
    I have a question about the rosemary salt. I was wondering if Himalayan pink salt could be
    substituted for the kosher salt. Thank you to you and Gail.

    Thank you for your wonderful website.

  5. What a lovely gift idea! I have been trying to figure out what to do for my neighbors, and this is perfect! Thanks!

  6. Love, love, love your videos. I’m such a visual person and things stick with me when I see them. I have a beautiful rosemary plant in my little garden and will be making the rosemary salt soon. Thank you for the labels ~ they are classy.

  7. Carol Davis says:

    I know no what some of the cooks in my family will be getting for Christmas. The rosemary will be coming out of my garden this week.

  8. Thank you Ann. Making these to fill small baskets for Christmas 🎄
    I know it’s early, but I like getting started early for Christmas crafts.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Much love,
    Rose

  9. Jan Canales says:

    How nice! I love your recipes for all kinds of things! Now I just need to take the time to do these wonderful gift ideas! Thank you!

  10. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Love it ….. thank you for sharing.You are getting so accomplished at making the videos…..Awesome job!!!

  11. You can easily dry herbs in the microwave. Pull of the leaves and place in a single layer between two paper towels, on a plate. Microwave in 60-second intervals and stir. Depending on the herb it may take from 1 to 3 minutes. You can then crumble them and place in jars for storage. Herbs dried this way hold their color very well.

  12. I love the flavor of rosemary,can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I’ve done this with other herbs of choice. For example, lemon peels and cilantro. You can use fresh herbs too, just Ben sure to let them dry in mixed state for days before you seal the jar. Otherwise I think it will mold.

  14. Michele Michalski says:

    I am so doing this!! My rosemary is going crazy and I have a number of mason jars I’ve picked up lately at yard sales! Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  15. Diane Wicks says:

    Thank you for this easy way to use up some rosemary from our herb garden and create a gift for some of the foodies in my life! Your free downloadables are the icing on the cake and I love them!

  16. Elizabeth O'Day says:

    I love this! Will add it to my repertoire of flavored salts. One year I made salt collections for Christmas gifts – the collection included a mushroom salt which was dried mushrooms whirled in the processor with sea salt. The other salts were lemon (zested peel dried, lemon oil drop ) lime (ditto) and a provencal herb blend salt. This rosemary salt would have been the perfect addition.

    1. I am curious about the dried mushroom salt. What type of mushrooms did you use? Also, have you tried basil with salt? Just wondering if basil salt is worthwhile. I love your idea of lemon zest peel and salt. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Elizabeth O'Day says:

        Hi Gail. I bought a packet of mixed dried mushrooms at Trader Joes. They usually hang them on the outside of the aisle seasonally. MOrels make the very best, but are pricey, so the mixed packet had porcini, shitake, portabella and a few little morels. Already dried perfectly. Whirled them in the blender. Then put them in the salt and whirled again. Not too much blending or the salt gets too fine. Dont touch with your fingers either, due to contamination issues.
        No I haven’t tried basil, but it would be fun. Have some basil oil from Williams Sonoma somewhere…
        Then i discovered Furikake! The japanese seasalt, sesame, seaweed seasoning that is so good on grilled corn, popcorn or soup. Yowza!

  17. Thanks Ann and Gail! Eye pleasing and delicious too. Ann, I loved seeing the set of measuring spoons in your photos. They bring back wonderful memories of cooking in my mother’s kitchen. Have a great day!

  18. Looks easy enough. I think it would be good as a rub for prime rib.

  19. Barbara Grignoli says:

    What was the second method using fresh rosemary and drying in the oven? I would prefer to use fresh rosemary because the oils from the rosemary would go into the salt. Can you please share?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Barbara…I will add the info about drying the salt in the oven. Give me a day or so and check back!

    2. Ann Drake says:

      I added the info for using fresh rosemary. Let me know how you like it!

  20. Mary Nell says:

    I’m definitely making some of these for Christmas gifts for the women in my office.
    I, also, want to compliment you on all of the printables; you do a wonderful job with those. All of them are attractive.

  21. I’m going to try this, Ann, & probably give some as a “just because” gift to friends. I think it would make a really cute gift!
    Have a great day,
    Cindy

  22. Lovely! I can’t wait to try it.

  23. I absolutely love this. Thank you for sharing and for the labels to print.
    I look forward to your posts and enjoy every one!

  24. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    It is me again!
    ARP Rosemary will grow outside up to zone 6. Plant some today in a Southern location, in well drained soil.
    It takes almost no water! None after it is established if planted in the ground. Research shows it was used in the manger for Christ. Once it matures, you will see tiny whitish flowers from Christmas thru spring. It is also used a sprig in arrangements! Give it a try!

    Ann, please tell us about the towel in your blog today. Thank you!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Nan! I added the towel info to the post. Thanks for the reminder!

  25. Sounds wonderful, I’m going to start this for Christmas giving to add to baskets!

  26. I am sorry to say that I don’t like Rosemary at all. I find it overpowering. Love your ideas/packaging and just skip through any with Rosemary.

  27. Thank you Ann and Gail for this wonderful idea!

  28. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Great! Thanks for sharing.
    Question: if you made your wreath thicker, with much more rosemary, couldn’t use it longer as a dried wreath? I ask because I think I heard/read were herbs dry in less bulk. Am I asking this so you understand?
    In other words to dry means to bulk the item up.

    Thanks for the gift suggestion and labels.

    PS couldn’t we also make bath salts with this too?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yes. The more rosemary you add to the wreath, the longer it will last. I have never made bath salts but I bet this would work great!

  29. WOW… such awesome custom labels for the rosemary salt! I feel honored that you posted my daughter’s recipe. Thank you for your kindness. Also, the video is great and self explanatory… good job!!

  30. Susan Hair says:

    Are you using the rosemary just off the plant or is there a drying technique for the rosemary I should use? This will be a great tten gift for the men in my family who are convinced they are the best barbecue king in the southeast…if not the world!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      You need to dry the rosemary first. Just clip some stems, loosely tie them together and hang. Enjoy!

  31. Margaret Abernathy says:

    That is a great gift idea! But I’m obsessed with the towel in the photo!!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Margaret! I added the towel info the the post. Thank you!

  32. Great idea! So pretty too

  33. Love this idea! Thanks to both you and Gail. Great gift for those men that love to cook! Women too, but always looking for gifts to give to the men that is different.

  34. Charlotte says:

    My little Rosemary topiary that I bought at Lowes a couple of years ago is now 4 feet high! I bought it for Christmas and in the springtime I planted it in my herb garden. I am always looking for ways to use Rosemary. This sounds easy and you are right about it making a great little Christmas gift. I love the labels that you shared. Thanks so much.

  35. Sorry I meant to type”plant”

  36. You are so smart! This is something I’m going to do. I bought a rosemary pit from Lowes in the spring and it needs trimmed. Great idea

    Thanks

  37. Charmaine says:

    This sounds as yummy as your wreath! Now I know I’m going to grow rosemary next summer! Thanks for the jar lid printable, too…so nice to have.

  38. Ann – You just make everything look so pretty!

    1. Thank you, Ann! Once again your email was timely :-) I have been harvesting my herbs and drying them…basil, oregano, time and tarragon. I was wondering how to use my Rosemary in a way that was new and here it is! I have used so many of your printables in my home and always receive compliments. Thank you for your hard work and effort that you put into sharing these with us.

      Shelly