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

Seasoned salt

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

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

Anti-trust issues

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

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

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


  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. ^ "FTC Challenges McCormick's Acquisition of Unilever's Lawry's and Adolph's Brands". 30 July 2008. 
  5. ^ Hallock, By Betty. "Lawry's prime rib for $1.25; original Lawry's celebrates 75 years". 
  6. ^ "Lawry's The Prime Rib: The Story of an L.A. Icon". 
  7. ^ "McCormick gets OK on Lawry's". 
  8. ^ "McCormick Agrees to Divest Seasoned-Salt Business". 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "One Hull Of A Story: The History Of Chip Spice",, retrieved 24 March 2017 
  11. ^ Liaw, Adam (4 April 2018). "Chicken salt: the rise and fall (and rise again?) of Australia's favourite condiment - Adam Liaw". the Guardian. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "This Salt Tastes Just Like Chicken". 
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