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Homemade Citrus Salt Recipe

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See this Homemade Citrus Salt you can me yourself with a few ingredients you probably have right in the kitchen!

How to Make Homemade Citrus Salt

I've been on a homemade/DIY kick lately. Even making homemade items for gifts! My Father-in-law loves to cook and I thought I would make him this Homemade Citrus Salt for Father's Day. This was such an easy gift to make and I can tell that I could literally leave the lid off and sit here and smell the jar all day. The aroma is amazing.

Homemade Citrus Salt

If you're wondering what Citrus Salt is, basically it's a spice mix with several uses. First, you can use it as a dry brine rub for meats like chicken, fish, and even pork. Any meat that benefits from the flavors of citrus fruit is one you can add this Citrus Salt to.

You can also use this spice to sprinkle over vegetables and meats on the grill. Either way, this salt goes a long way!

What you Need:

Citrus Salt Ingredients

Zesting Fruits for Citrus Salt:

The key to this recipe is fresh, zested fruit. I obviously used a couple limes, an orange, and a lemon. You can use what you prefer. Be sure it's fresh, since this is what gives the salt its flavor. If you're using older fruit to “use it up” you probably won't end up with a very flavorful salt mixture.

Zest just the top layer off each fruit, after washing well. The white layer or Pith needs to stay attached to the fruit. Why? Well, the pith layer is actually very bitter and doesn't have any of the fruit flavoring in it at all. It's the part of the fruit we don't prefer to eat, either!

Feel free to slice your fruit and add to a fresh pitcher of water or save in the fridge to add some fresh citrus flavor to another recipe. The fruit won't long so be sure to use it up the same day.

Next, dice your fruit on a cutting board and prepare to sauté in a small frying pan. You won't sauté long! Gently stir and heat up over medium heat to let the citrus zest release all of it's flavoring.

Remove onto a dish covered with a paper towel, spreading out the zest pieces into a thin layer. Allow to dry completely! This may take a couple hours.

Finally, mix your salt in after the zest has cooled off and dried. You can mix your salt and the zest in a small bowl if you prefer. If you use Himalayan Pink Salt, this is an option instead of regular Kosher Salt. I haven't tried it myself but it would make a very colorful mixture! Pour your salt into a Mason Jar with a kitchen funnel, and label!

citrus salt

How to Use

You can use citrus salt on fish, chicken, stirfry, shrimp and more! We bought all of our ingredients at Walmart including the Ball Mason jars. So you should be able to get all the items reasonably priced.

We recently started reading about how to “Dry Brine” meats prior to cooking. This involves giving the meat a good coating of salt and spice, and then leaving it in the fridge uncovered (or lightly covered) for up to a few hours before cooking. The salt naturally soaks into the meat and tenderizes it. That's it! It's very low effort. There are different methods to dry brining so be sure to research which is the best for your particular cut of meat prior to diving in.

I hope you enjoy using this seasoning on your favorite dishes. Click below for the recipe. Enjoy!

Yield: 8 oz

Homemade Citrus Salt Recipe

Homemade Citrus Salt in Jar

Use this Homemade Citrus Salt to flavor meats and vegetables. Great for the Grill!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups of Kosher Salt
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil


Take a vegetable peeler and peel the skin of the orange, lemon and limes separately.

On a cutting board, slice peels into thin strips. Not too small.

Add a tiny bit of olive oil to a small pan and heat strips, careful not to burn them. They will sauté quickly!

Blot with a paper towel and let them completely dry then dice into very small pieces. All the fruit zest will be mixed so you do not necessarily need to keep them separate. Ensure no oil remains on the zest.

Add Kosher salt a small bowl and mix well.

Use a kitchen funnel to empty into a Mason Jar. Secure lid and shake well.

Before using, shake to mix up ingredients.

Recommended Use: Add 1 tsp in place of regular salt when seasoning vegetables or meats. Enjoy!


Alternate Salts are optional. Leave a comment if you try this recipe with a different salt!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 4Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3537mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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    1. You could try it but I would say yes especially if you are using this to season meat. Kosher salt is much bigger and completely different. I use it to cook with and table salt to season after for normal use.

  1. By having couple of beautiful Orange and Lemon Trees In my yard, i use citrus in just about any of my
    Recipes. This is a wonderful idea, just need to
    Buy Limes. Thank you for creation.

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