Pink salt vs sea salt – which is best?

Himalayan pink salt vs sea salt – which is best?

Himalayan pink salt vs sea salt in cooking – which is best? Well, it depends on what you want to do with it. Is it for cooking, is it for brining meat, is it for food preservation or is it for baking?  

What is the difference between sea salt and Himalayan salt?

When comparing Himalayan pink salt vs sea salt (and table salt) you may wish to consider things like:

  • Taste
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Ease of use
  • Availability
  • Perceived health benefits

Sea salt vs pink salt taste

Some people swear that sea salt and pink salt taste totally different from each other due to the difference in the number of trace minerals in each of them.  Is there a difference – sea salt vs pink salt taste? Others say they cannot taste any difference when using Himalayan pink salt rather than sea salt, so I guess it is very much down to a personal choice when choosing which to use.

Cost factors definitely need to be considered as you would not use the same amount of Himalayan pink salt compared to sea salt, or table salt, in recipes. But on the other hand Himalayan pink salt is more expensive to buy.

Let’s have a quick look at the types of salt on the market and compare them against each other.

Table salt

Table salt is a refined product that has been stripped of many of its trace materials and impurities.  

To help with storage and dispensing table salt has anti-caking and anti-clumping agents added.  

As it has been reduced to extremely fine grains it has a different texture when added to foods compared to the larger crystal structure of sea salt and Himalayan pink salt.  

  • Refined table salt is 97% to 99.9% sodium chloride
  • Stripped of trace minerals
  • Added anti-caking agent
  • Added anti-clumping agent
  • Plentiful and not expensive to purchase

Sea salt

Sea salt is created when seawater evaporates leaving behind dry white crystals (other colored salt crystals do naturally exist).  Like table salt it is predominantly sodium chloride, however, it does not go through the same refinement process thereby retaining a larger salt crystal.  These crystals contain trace minerals which vary depending on where in the world the salt has been mined.

  • Sea salt – generally not refined
  • Contains trace minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc
  • Large crystalline structure
  • Geographic differences in taste and colour
  • Sea salt, rock salt, etc. readily available in supermarkets
  • Middle pricing structure

Himalayan pink salt

Himalayan pink salt is mined in the Pakistan region, near the base of the Himalaya Mountains.  It gets its pink coloring from the trace amounts of iron oxide within the crystals.  As it is a larger crystal than refined table salt and sea salt it is recommended that only half a teaspoon is used, rather than 1 full teaspoon.

  • High levels of natural trace minerals 
  • No added iodine
  • Larger crystalline crystal than table salt and sea salt
  • Himalayan pink salt contains iron oxide
  • Not readily available – may need to order or go through a specialist supplier
  • Most expensive compared to table salt and sea salt

Summary

With so many choices of salt on the market it is now possible to purchase both sea salt and Himalayan pink salt.  Just remember to adjust the amount of salt used in recipes to allow for the different sizes of crystals.  Buy and try each and see which one you prefer.

More ideas

If you would like to find out how Himalayan pink salt is used in the Health & Wellbeing sector, and also within the Catering sector, why not pop on over to our Salt Products and Salt Recipe sections?