Seasoned salt

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

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]

United States[edit]

Seasoned salt[edit]

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. [4]


Lawry's the oldest commonly used "seasoned salt" in the US was originally developed for seasoning steaks in the 1930s. [5][6]

Morton Season-all[edit]

Season-All is the #2 Seasoned salt in the US by marketshare. [7]

Anti-trust issues[edit]

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. [8]


Chip spice[edit]

Invented in the 1970s in the English city of Hull and claimed to have been inspired by American seasonings, [9] "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.[10]


Chicken salt[edit]

Chicken salt was originally developed in the 1970s to season chicken for rotisseries.[11]

The first recipe for chicken salt consisted of onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, paprika, chicken bouillon and monosodium glutamate with some curry powder.[12] 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. [13]


Ingredients vary by recipe or manufacturer. Common herbs and spices may include:

Also, for an umami taste:

See also[edit]