Seasoned salt

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Typical seasoned salt

Seasoned salt is a blend of table salt, herbs, spices, other flavourings,[1] and sometimes monosodium glutamate (MSG).[2] It is sold in supermarkets and is commonly used in fish and chip shops and other take-away food shops. Seasoned salt is often the standard seasoning on foods such as chicken, French fries, deep-fried seafood and potatoes.[3]


Chicken salt[edit]

Chicken salt was originally developed in the 1970s by Peter Brinkworth in Gawler, South Australia to season chicken for rotisseries.This recipe was purchased by Mitani Group in 1979, and is now commonly used on chips throughout Australia.[4][5][6]

The first recipe for chicken salt consisted of salt, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, paprika, chicken bouillon and monosodium glutamate, along with some unspecified herbs and spices.[5] There are versions of chicken salt that use chicken flavouring as well as vegan versions.[7]

United Kingdom[edit]

American Chip Spice[edit]

Invented in the 1970s in Kingston upon Hull and claimed to have been inspired by American seasonings,[8] "chip spice" was introduced into the United Kingdom in the 1970s by the Spice Blender company; the recipe was based on American spiced salts containing paprika. A hot and spicy variant was introduced recently, but was not as successful. The brand is now owned by Wilsons Seasonings.[9]

United States[edit]


Lawry's, the oldest commonly used "seasoned salt" in the US, was originally developed for seasoning steaks in the 1930s.[10][11]

Lawry's, the most common brand of seasoned salt in the US

Morton Season-All is the #2 seasoned salt in the US by market share.[12]

Cajun and Creole seasoning In Louisiana and the surrounding states, many companies make Cajun/Creole seasonings. It is a spicy blend of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano or thyme, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Brands include Tony Chachere's, Zatarain's and Paul Prudhomme.[13]

Old Bay is a celery-salt-based seasoned salt commonly used on seafood.[14]


The seasoned salt industry in the United States sells $100 million in seasoned salt annually. According to the US Federal Trade Commission, two brands make up 80% of the market.[15]

The combined marketshare of Lawry's seasoned salt and Season-All was of sufficient concern that the FTC[who?] required McCormick, then-owner of the Season-All brand, to sell it to Morton as a condition of McCormick purchasing Lawry's in 2008.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Seasoned Salt". iFoodTV. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. ^ Campbell, Regina (2003). Regina's International Vegetarian Favorites. p. 153.
  3. ^ Brown, Deborah (19 February 2009). "A grain of chicken salt is too much". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Liaw, Adam (10 April 2018). "Chicken salt: we find the creator of an Australian classic – and he tells us everything". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Chicken salt creator reveals all in new film". ABC News. 20 September 2022. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  6. ^ Liaw, Adam (4 April 2018). "Chicken salt: the rise and fall (and rise again?) of Australia's favourite condiment". the Guardian.
  7. ^ Werner, Tommy (16 May 2019). "What Is Chicken Salt? It's Australia's Secret Umami Bomb". Epicurious. Condé Nast.
  8. ^ Eleanor Churchill (3 March 2016). "A Sprinkle of Chip Spice". Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Originally, John's close friends Rob and Brenda Wilson came up with the idea of using spiced salt and paprika when visiting America during the late 70s
  9. ^ "One Hull Of A Story: The History Of Chip Spice",, retrieved 24 March 2017
  10. ^ Hallock, Betty (21 May 2013). "Lawry's prime rib for $1.25; original Lawry's celebrates 75 years". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Lawry's The Prime Rib: The Story of an L.A. Icon".
  12. ^ "McCormick gets OK on Lawry's".
  13. ^ Hastings, Michael (20 February 2013). "Taste testing store-bought Creole seasonings". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  14. ^ Tomlinson, Mary (11 December 2017). "What's Really in Old Bay Seasoning?". Coastal Living. Meredith Corporation. Archived from the original on 6 August 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  15. ^ "FTC Challenges McCormick's Acquisition of Unilever's Lawry's and Adolph's Brands". 30 July 2008.
  16. ^ "McCormick Agrees to Divest Seasoned-Salt Business". Crowell & Moring LLP. 4 August 2008.