Seasoned salt is a blend of table salt, herbs, spices, other flavourings, and sometimes monosodium glutamate (MSG). 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.
The seasoned salt industry in the United States sells $100 million USD in seasoned salt annually. According to the US Federal Trade Commission, two brands make up 80% of that market.
Season-All is the #2 Seasoned salt in the US by marketshare.
The combined marketshare of Lawry's seasoned salt and Season-all was of sufficient concern that the FTC required McCormick, the former owner of the Season-all brand, to sell (divest) the Season-all brand to Morton as a condition of McCormick purchasing Lawry's seasonings in 2008.
In South East Texas and South West Louisiana, many companies make Cajun/Creole seasonings. It is a spicy blend of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano or thyme, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Tony Chachere is one of the most popular examples, and others include Slap ya Mama, and TexJoy Steak Seasoning.
Invented in the 1970s in the English city of Hull and claimed to have been inspired by American seasonings, "chip spice" was introduced into the United Kingdom in the 1970s in Kingston upon Hull by the Spice Blender company; the recipe was based on American spiced salts containing paprika.
Chicken salt was originally developed in the 1970s to season chicken for rotisseries.
The first recipe for chicken salt consisted of onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, paprika, chicken bouillon and monosodium glutamate with some curry powder. Chicken salt is not related to the chicken flavouring or seasoning found on potato crisps, although it can be similar in appearance (both have a slight yellow colouring). There are versions of chicken salt that use chicken flavoring as well as vegan versions.
Ingredients vary by recipe or manufacturer. Common herbs and spices may include:
Also, for an umami taste:
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