black laval salt

Black Lava Salt Recipes

What is Black Lava Salt?

Black lava salt is an all-natural and delicious sea salt harvested in the beautiful state of Hawaii. Activated charcoal combined with evaporated Pacific seawater provide a stunning black color that compliments the salt’s unique taste and texture. We have shared one of our favorite recipes below — it's a quick and easy dinner creation that is sure to please!

Grilled Halibut with Black Lava Salt & Watermelon Salsa

By Josie Ross

Serves 4 The juxtaposition of the white fish with the black salt and red salsa makes for a striking presentation, and the addition of the green from the cilantro perks up the plate just enough. Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cup diced (1/4-inch) watermelon
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, cut in small dice
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded, membranes removed, and minced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons light olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 4- to 6-ounce halibut steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cyprus Black Sea Salt Flakes
To make salsa: In a medium bowl, combine watermelon, tomatoes, jalapeno, and garlic. In a separate bowl, combine rice vinegar, honey and black pepper. Whisk in the oil. Drizzle dressing over salsa, stir in cilantro. Oil the grill. Then, heat grill over medium-high heat. Pat the fish dry with paper towels, salt and pepper. Grill fish about four minutes, turn over and allow to cook until it is cooked through (about 4 more minutes). Place steaks on four plates, spoon salsa alongside, drizzle with olive oil and then finish with a sprinkling of Black Sea Salt. Recipe courtesy of

Recommendations: Spice blends, salads, meats, seafood, sauces/soups, drink rimmer. We would love to hear your black lava salt recipes, suggestions and tips — please share them here. Also, please send us photos of your creations!

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Hawaiian Red Salt Tips

Hawaiian Red Salt Tips

RECOMMENDATIONS Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Jerky and Poke. Consider use with prime rib, mexican foods, salsa, fish and rice. We would love to hear your Alaea Hawaiian recipes, suggestions, and tips and share them here. Also, please send us photos of your creations!

Oven Kalua Pig


  • 3 lb pork butt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Hawaiian salt, or sea salt, or kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350-400 degrees F. Pierce pork butt all over with carving fork or score with a knife. Rub salt and liquid smoke into meat. Place pork fat side up in a roasting pan or deep casserole dish. Cover and roast in oven for 2 1/2-3 hours. Remove the pork from pan and shred with two forks. Makes six servings. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig


  • 3 lb pork butt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Hawaiian salt, or sea salt, or kosher salt
Pierce pork butt all over with carving fork. Rub salt and liquid smoke into meat. Cook in slow cooker on low for 16-20 hours turning once. Remove meat, shred, and then add juices from slow cooker to shredded meat. Makes six servings.
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Make The Perfect Coffee by Adding Salt

Make The Perfect Coffee by Adding Salt

The Secret Ingredient for Perfect Coffee: SALT?

This article is by Tucker Cummings at Yahoo Voices

Coffee is known as "the best part of waking up", and the best after-dinner drink to pair with a decadent chocolate dessert. But for many, coffee has a dark side. In many cases, the culprit is the acid level of the coffee. Acidity is defined as the characteristic of coffee that gives it a tart or bright taste. Generally, dark roasted beans have less acidity. The amount of acidity in a coffee bean can also be influenced by growing conditions. For example, Low-acid coffees are a growing segment of the coffee market. But what's a discerning gourmet to do when they crave their favorite coffee, but literally can't stomach the acidity? The answer may surprise you: just add a single spoonful of salt. Used at a number of high end restaurants, "salted coffee" is perhaps best known from the menu at Salt in SoHo. You don't need to add a lot of salt to each cup, just a small spoonful or even less will do. Salted coffee has also enjoyed a brief period in vogue among discerning coffee addicts in Asia. Last year, a Thai coffee chain made headlines in the US media when it began serving a salted specialty coffee. The coffee, sold by chain "85°C", consists of a sweetened iced coffee, topped with a layer of creamy, salted foam.So the next time you're feeling adventurous, why not skip the sugar and try some salt in your coffee instead? It'll be easier on your stomach, but keep in mind that if you have hypertension, you probably want to avoid the added salt in your diet. So what kind of salt should you put in your coffee? Well, we recommend something that will complement your favorite morning beverage- for anyone looking for an extra-strong, dark flavor, try our Espresso Salt. If you're looking to lighten up your coffee's strong flavor with something a little more subtle, grab a jar of our Trapani Salt or Peruvian Pink Salt.
Better yet, you can get all three varieties, or mix and match your own with our Set of 3 Salt Set!
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Finishing Salts & Artisan Salt, finishing salts, what is finishing salt, salt cellar, Maine sea salt,

If You Crave Salt You May Be A 'Supertaster'!

When we opened the Salt Cellar in November of 2011 we knew we were in for some surprises. One thing we learned was that a large number of people, upon seeing our salt tasting room, would blurt with enthusiasm "I really love salt!" We hear these same exclamations nearly every day but have never understood why some people have such a powerful affinity for salt. Until now. In a study conducted by Penn State University and published in the journal Psychology & Behavior they discovered that about 1 in 4 people is a 'supertaster'. In short, a supertaster is genetically enabled with taste sensitivity that may be 10 to 100 times more acute than others. In other words some folks will get a very powerful reaction to tastes that others will not. They did note that supertasters tended not to like foods that were identified as bitter in taste like broccoli or some cheeses. Applying salt to bitter tasting food effectively masks the bitterness and makes the food more enjoyable. While some people react mildly to a slightly bitter taste a supertaster gets a powerful negative reaction. You can read more about supertasters at this Science Daily article. So if your child is a chronic picky-eater it just may be she or he is a super taster (and a salt lover)? Cheers! Don
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All Himalayan cooking salt blocks are not created equal

All Himalayan cooking salt blocks are not created equal

There is a lot of interest in using Himalayan salt blocks for cooking these days. But it important to know that most salt blocks, even the biggest and most expensive, are not worth the investment.

We order hundreds of Himalayan salt blocks and only about 10% are candidates for cooking. That's because most blocks have substantial cracks or mineral deposits that will cause the block to shatter when subjected to high heat. Usually the poor quality block will self-destruct during its initial burn in although it may last a couple of outings. At the Salt Cellar we've decided that each tile we sell for cooking needs to be broken-in, or 'cured', by us. We do this for for a number of reasons.

First, the procedure involves a couple of hours to do it right. We need to heat the tiles gradually up to a temperature of 500 degrees and then let it cool down. This this takes several hours and it makes sense of us to do a whole batch of them at once.

Second, sometimes even good-looking blocks are really flawed and they break apart during burn-in. Last, it is possible that a block contains a small amount of water. If this is the case the block may literally explode (as one did in my oven last week!). Interesting. So as a safety issue we'll take some of the 'excitement' out of the process for you.

Once the block has been successfully cured it can be heated to operating temperature much more quickly. Still, it is a good idea to start on a low temperature to get the tile warmed up. Then you can turn up the throttle. Wait until the block is fully heated before tossing on the fish or meat.



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Portsmouth Store Himalayan Salt

Welcome to Cellartalk!

Salt is a pretty basic thing in our lives that most of us don't think about too much.

We take it for granted that all salt is pretty much the same and plays a limited role in helping improve the taste of food or keeping ice off the pavement. So when Judit and I launched the Salt Cellar in Portsmouth last November (2011) we had a big job to do: educate our visitors about the fantastic possibilities of salt in all of its forms. To explore the many ways salt is used in other cultures and find new, fun uses for this fascinating mineral.

The purpose of this blog is to answer the many questions that people ask us in the Salt Cellar every day. We'll talk about Himalayan cooking blocks, international  finishing salts, flavor infused sea salts, recipes, pairings and health. We'll discuss the many uses of salt for the care of our skin and our airways. We'll also talk about the great places in the world that salt is celebrated, its storied history and fun facts.

We encourage you to join the discussion, ask your questions, question our answers and add your comments and corrections.

-Don & Judit

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