Homemade Celery Salt (and how to use it ~ including a yummy surprise)

Have you seen celery salt but wondered how to use it?  Here's How to Make Celery Salt - and How to use it.  Celery Salt tastes great on so many things, and I'm sharing some of the best options, but I've also included an extra special way to use it - our family favorite!

I love making my own homemade seasoning blends like taco seasoning, curry powder, vegetable broth, chili powder, cinnamon sugar, chat masala, and even DORITO® seasoning.  But why would one want to make celery salt, you ask?  And how do you use it?

Well, before you just move on from this post thinking, “What’s so great about celery salt?”


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The reasons you might want to make your own celery salt are:

1.  Control over your ingredients
2.  Save money (remember, Homemade Seasoning Blends always cost a TON less than buying them pre-blended)
3.  You just can’t get enough of “Make Your Own” stuff
4.  You are craving my Special Seasoning Popcorn (you know, the totally addictive stuff) and you don’t have any celery salt in the house :-).

Now, about #1.

What?  You mean there’s more in celery salt than just celery and salt?  Well, yes and no.

Of course, unless you are buying specialty celery salt, then the salt in your celery salt could have any of the following in it:

  • sugar
  • sodium silicoaluminate (ugh – aluminum??)
  • dextrose (why is there sugar in salt??)
  • sodium bicarbonate
So – now that you are fully convinced that you should be making your own celery salt, here’s how simple it is to make it.

How to Use Celery Salt

1.  Of course, you really have to try my Surprisingly Good Popcorn Seasoning | All Purpose Seasoning.  It’s loaded with celery salt.  You’ll love it. Guaranteed!

2.  Use as a seasoning anywhere you might use salt (just not in baked goods :-)!)  Think – baked potatoes, vegetables, sausage, dips, soups, etc.  It’s especially good for dishes like cold salads (egg, potato, pasta, etc.)

3.  In some areas of the U.S. it is used as a hot dog topping (I’ve read it is a must on Chicago Hot Dogs)!   (We buy only the no antibiotic, no nitrate hot dogs when we do buy them :-)!

4.  Have a recipe that calls for celery but don’t have any?  Save a trip to the store and use celery salt.  Just make sure to cut back on the amount of salt you add to the recipe.  Substituting this way saves tons of time and money!

5.  Beverages.  Celery Salt is typically used in Bloody Marys (I’ve never had one, but….) and it’s a great seasoning to add to vegetable juices.

Bet you had no idea there were so many ways to use celery salt.  I sure had fun digging up these ideas and will be using it more as a result.

Oh, in case you are wondering where I buy spices, I mainly use Frontier Brand but sometimes Mountain Rose Herbs.

More Homemade Pantry Items:

Pumpkin Pie Spice (a must for this time of year as fall rushes in)
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Mild Curry Powder
Best Cinnamon Sugar
Powdered Egg Replacer (compare to Ener-G)
–  Herbes de Provence (this is a key ingredient for one of our favorite popcorn toppings)

Do you use celery salt?  If so, how?

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  1. i dry out my celery leaves (from the garden) on a low temp in my toaster oven and mix them equal parts with salt. YUMMY!

  2. I do what my grandfather always did; celery salt on hamburgers! Nothing like it!

  3. We don’t have celery salt in the house. I had no idea it was so simple to make. Brilliant Adrienne

  4. I love celery salt as well, and had no idea there was all that junk in some brands. I’ll have to check the packaging on mine and see…

    My favorite thing to put celery salt on is tomato soup. And I agree with Diane about the hamburgers too!

    • What I mean about the junk is that it is in the salt. So they don’t have to label the stuff in the salt b/c they are just disclosing “salt” on the label. But table salt, if you look at your table salt label, is typically loaded with junk – like anti-caking ingredients – hope that helps!

      • Oh! I see now, I read too quickly :)
        The aluminum is the biggest shock to me, thanks for your post on that… We otherwise use natural sea salt, so making the natural celery salt would be so easy for me. This is on my to-do list for sure!

  5. Made my own Old Bay Seasoning the other day and it required a large amount of celery salt…what a timely post as I needed to purchase some more.

  6. I love using celery salt in cooking – it’s great to have a recipe for a natural alternative to the commercially prepared ones!

  7. This post is one of the highlights in my Hearth & Soul Hop this week — great idea! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  8. What a fun recipe to have on hand! I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ and share your great ideas at the Saturday link party (runs until Tuesday night…tonight!) I hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  9. Adrian, this is a great idea! I love celery salt in so many things, especially chicken and tuna salad. Great tip! :)

  10. I’ve had my celery salt for 13 years. Not only is it old, but it’s not labeled, so I have no idea if it is GF. Thanks for this recipe. I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at OneCreativeMommy.com and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  11. So smart. I love all your recipes because they are simple and I never think to do that! :) :)

  12. thanks for the recipe! Gave up sugar a while ago and was reading my garlic salt ingredients and it had sugar in it. ARGH.

  13. This may sound silly, but, celery seed? Is that in the spice aisle at the store? Or do you literally mean the seeds that would be used to PLANT celery? I’m new to the DIY kind of stuff, so any help is appreciated! Thanks!


  14. Thank you, thank you for the curry mix. I am so sensitive to heat that I have trouble with most curries. Now thanks to you, I can adjust it to fit me. Thanks again.

  15. So I just use celery seed and add extra salt, but mainly use it in my homemade rubs for smoking meat. I know alot of info out there about how bad smoked foods are but one of our favorite things.

    The main reason I wanted to comment was on the grinder. An inexpensive option which I use is a coffee grinder set to a fine grind. Works great, readily available and cheap.

    • I need a new grinder. Mine bit the dust. I’d LOVE one w/ a washable interior – got a good one?

      • I don’t. We had an older coffee grinder that wasn’t in use so I cleaned it one day to try. Have been using ever since, its a pain to clean. I try and do lots at a time so I don’t have to clean it to often. But didn’t cost me anything which is critical these days.

  16. I LOVE celery salt on roasted chick peas. Unusual but delicious!

  17. How cool is this? And what a great idea to put it on popcorn!

  18. Great, sprinkled on Cheese-on-Toast, with a little sprinkling of Cayenne Pepper.

  19. Moondragon007 says:

    About those extra ingredients in store-bought celery salt – I think I know what they’re for.

    sugar, dextrose – why is there sugar in salt??
    My guess is it’s because a little sweet brings out salty flavor, and vice-versa. It’s apparently a well-known tip to professional chefs.

    sodium silicoaluminate – ugh – aluminum??
    Keeps it free-flowing, so you don’t have to use an ice-pick to chip off a chunk of salt every time.

    sodium bicarbonate
    I have no idea.

  20. OMG I went and immediately made some! Thanks for sharing!!!

  21. If I don’t have a grinder how else can I get it ground up enough

  22. Dynamo of Dixie says:

    This is just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for the recipe! By the way, we also use celery salt on sub sandwiches.

  23. First sight I found that gave me a straight answer to my question. Excellent content, layout, vibe,etc. Great work Adrienne, and thanks for the recipe. My celery salt turned out perfect, using a combo of dried leaves, seeds, and Himalayan sea salt. Cheers!

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