Can you substitute table salt for kosher salt?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you substitute table salt for kosher salt?”, and how to precisely measure salt for recipes?

Can you substitute table salt for kosher salt?

Yes, you can substitute table salt for kosher salt but only in a pinch. Because table salt may leave behind a bitter taste. Replace each teaspoon of kosher salt with ¾ teaspoon of table salt.

Tips for substituting different types of salt 

Use large flakes for finishing: The salt used for garnishing shouldn’t dissolve easily and have a certain crunchy texture. 

Use fine slats for baking: Salts that readily dissolve such as fine sea salt and table salt are the best choice in baking.

Substitute half as much table salt for kosher salt: This is because table salt is saltier than kosher salt. It imparts metallic flavors and dissolves rather slowly.

Larger flakes dissolve slowly: When replacing fine sea salt with Morton’s kosher salt, give more time for the flakes to dissolve.

Simple salt conversion chart

Salt that contains YPS is not suitable for canning and pickling acidic fruits such as tomatoes.

If the recipe calls for Best substitutes 
Table Salt Fine Sea Salt, Fine Himalayan Pink Salt, Natural Sea Salt, Canning & Pickling Salt
Kosher Salt Coarse Sea Salt (Rubs), Coarse Himalayan Pink Salt (Rubs), Fine Sea Salt, Canning & Pickling Salt (Brines)
Coarse Sea SaltCoarse Himalayan Pink Salt, Kosher Salt
Fine Sea Salt Natural Sea Salt, Fine Himalayan Pink Salt, Table Salt, Canning & Pickling Salt
Coarse Himalayan Pink SaltCoarse Sea Salt, Kosher Salt (Rubs)
Fine Himalayan Pink SaltFine Sea Salt, Natural Sea Salt
Natural Sea Salt Fine Sea Salt, Fine Himalayan Pink Salt, Table Salt, Canning & Pickling Salt
Canning & Pickling Salt Natural Sea Salt, Fine Sea Salt*, Kosher Salt*
Table salt Coarse kosher salt
¼ teaspoon 1⁄4 teaspoon
1 teaspoon 1 1⁄4 teaspoons
1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon +3⁄4 teaspoon
¼ cup 1⁄4 cup +1 tablespoon
½ cup 1⁄2 cup +2 tablespoons
¾ cup 3⁄4 cup +3 tablespoons
1 cup 1 1⁄4 cups
2 cups 2 1⁄2 cups

What is the difference between kosher salt, sea salt, and table salt?

Sea salt, kosher salt, and table salt, each serve a different purpose in the kitchen. Table salt is the most common salt we come across. As the name suggests, table salt is present in the form of salt shakers on every dining table.

Table salt is finely ground rock salt. It contains anti-caking agents that prevent the salt granules from sticking. Table salt dissolves easily and is a staple ingredient in baking where it functions to strengthen the gluten strands and improve yeast growth.

Due to a smaller granule size than kosher and sea salt, table salt is used in small amounts to cover large surface areas of food. Due to the extensive refining process, table salt retains only a little or no flavor at all.

Kosher salt has a coarser texture than table salt, almost like flakes. Due to the large-sized flakes, kosher salt is unable to dissolve readily or penetrate the food. Due to menial processing, kosher salt packs more flavor and improves the flavor profile of whatever dish it is added to.

Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater. It is further processed into finely or coarsely ground sea salt. The finely ground sea salt is suitable for cooking while the coarse sea salt is only added as a garnish for most dishes.

How to precisely measure salt for recipes?

You can measure your ingredients in two types of units: volume (tablespoons, milliliters) or weight (ounces, grams). The unit of volume is more suitable to measure liquids that take the shape of whatever container they are poured in. 

The volume measurement greatly of liquid greatly depends upon the type of container. Therefore, minor variations in the measuring spoons can sometimes ruin your recipe.

On the other hand, the unit of weight is not affected by the size and shape of the container or the ingredient itself. The weight measures how heavy an ingredient is. Weight is the perfect standard for measuring solids as they do not have a fluid shape or size. 

Type of salt Approximate weight of 1 tablespoon 
Table salt 19 grams 
Fine sea salt 15 grams 
Morton kosher salt 15 grams 
Sel Gris (unrefined French sea salt)13 grams 
Diamon Crystal kosher salt 10 grams 

If you measure the salt by volume, a recipe made with the same amount of table salt will be overwhelmingly salty as compared to the one made with kosher salt. 

The accuracy of the measurements can play a huge role in baking bread where a slight deviation from the suggested amount can ruin your baked good.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you substitute table salt for kosher salt?”, and how to precisely measure salt for recipes?

References

https://www.thespruceeats.com/kosher-to-table-salt-measurement-conversion-3060123
https://www.masterclass.com/articles/salt-conversion-chart#5-types-of-salt

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.