Citrus Chile Infused Sea Salt

By: Lee Anne Wong

Making your own infused sea salt at home is easy and can save you a ton of money versus store-bought. Try my Citrus Chile Infused Sea Salt or you can create your own using your favorite fresh and dried herbs, spices or fruit and vegetable infusions. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

Citrus Chile Infused Sea Salt

  • 1 cup sea salt, texture of your choice
  • Dried Chiles, such as Japones, Chile de Arbol, or Cayenne, or dried chile of choice
  • Zest of citrus fruit - small orange, lemon, or lime. Consider seasonal varieties and tropical citrus as well, such as Meyer lemons, tangerine, grapefruit, calamansi. Can also make blends.

Citrus Chile Infused Sea Salt

Using a vegetable peeler, shave thin strips of zest off of the fruit, and dry in an oven at the lowest temperature setting until the zest is fully dehydrated. Pulse the dried citrus peels in a spice grinder, food processor, high speed blender, or mash with a mortar and pestle, until the zest is broken down to desired texture, mix with the sea salt (traditonal ratio: 1 teaspoon zest to 1/4 cup salt)
Toast a few dried chiles on all sides in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant but not burnt. Destem the chilies and remove seeds if you want a less spicy infusion. Grind the dried chilies in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Add desired amount of ground chile to the citrus sea salt.