Homemade Celery Salt (and how to use it)

Do you enjoy celery salt but would prefer to just have plain celery salt without all the junky ingredients that are in many of the store-bought brands? This easy recipe for homemade celery salt is just what you need.

Homemade Celery Salt in a jar

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 homemade 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?"


I'm sure you'll find something you'll like.

Reasons to Make Your Own Celery Salt

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 mouthwatering stuff) and you don't have any celery salt in the house :-).
5.  Your resulting blend is super fresh.
6.  You buy fewer things.
No need to buy the whole spice and the blend.

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:

Possible Ingredients in Store-Bought Celery Salt

Here are things that might find their way into store-bought versions of celery salt.

  • sugar
  • sodium silicoaluminate (ugh - aluminum??)
  • dextrose (why is there sugar in salt??)
  • sodium bicarbonate

Not things I really wanted in my celery salt.

So aside from all of the other reasons to have a DIY version of this spice blend (thought I do love saving money and making things myself), that's enough for me right there.

jar of celery salt

How to Use Celery Salt

 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. You might want to buy only the no antibiotic, no nitrate hot dogs should you try this, however.

4.  As a Celery Substitute: 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 personally, however) and it's a great seasoning to add to vegetable juices.

6.  Pork - Celery salt is used to crisp up the rind when roasting.

7.  Cole Slaw - I've read it's THE go to spice for Southern Cole Slaw

8.  With Quail's Eggs - Celery salt is apparently the perfect pairing for Hard Boiled Quail's Eggs.

9.  Salads - celery salt is particularly good on potato salads or keto potato salad

10.  Stews

11.  In Old Bay Seasoning - it's the primary ingredient in this popular seasoning, so if you're making a completely DIY version, you will need a lot of this.

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 to buy spices, I mainly recommend Frontier Brand but Starwest Botanicals is also a great option.

What You Will Need

  • Celery Seed (or fresh or dried celery leaves)
  • Salt (I recommend Real Salt or Himalayan Salt)
  • Grinder

More Homemade Pantry Staples:

What Spice Grinder is Best?

There are loads of spice grinders on the market. Many people use a coffee grinder for grinding spices. It's really best to use a grinder that has a washable grinding cup.

This is the grinder that I have now. I like it, except the interior of the base gets pretty dirty and is hard to clean. It's lasted for a long time so far, so in that sense, it has served us well.

This is the grinder that I had before. It was much easier to clean, but it didn't have a really long life. Could have been an outlier, but it was disappointing, to say the least, when it died.

I would love to hear if you have a grinder that you love!

Recipe Notes and Substitutions

  • Kosher Salt: You can also use kosher (coarse) salt. Just use twice as much salt and grind it together with your celery seed.
  • Shelf Life: Celery Seed has a super-long shelf life - so you can go ahead and buy it in bulk. Whole spices typically have very long shelf lives, while ground ones lose their potency and freshness more quickly.
  • AIP: For an AIP version (or simply another option) of this recipe, use celery leaves instead of celery seed. The proportions are up to you, but one option is about 1 tablespoon of sea salt to 6 tablespoons of celery powder.


Homemade Celery Salt--2 Ways (and how to use it)

Here's how to make celery salt and how to use this surprisingly delicious seasoning blend!
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Course: Dressings, Seasonings, etc.
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: homemade celery salt
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes



  • Put celery seed in grinder. See notes above about grinder options.
  • Grind celery seed to desired consistency.
  • Mix with salt.
  • Store in a closed jar in a cool, dark place.


For another version of this recipe that happens to be also work for the AIP diet, use celery leaves instead of celery seed. The proportions are up to you, but one option is about 1 tablespoon of sea salt to 6 tablespoons of celery powder.

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What is your favorite way to use celery salt?

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  1. I dehydrate all my own fresh celery so I have a ton of diced celery and celery leaves. If I grind up the the dehydrated diced celery is that equal to celery powder?