Finishing Salt

Finishing salt, such as Fleur de Sel, refers to a type of salt that is added to a dish just before serving to enhance its flavors and provide a final touch of texture. Unlike table salt, which is commonly used during cooking or at the table for individual seasoning, finishing salt is reserved for the last moments of food preparation. Finishing salts often have larger, flakier crystals and may come in various textures and colors, depending on their source.

The purpose of finishing salt is to add a burst of flavor and a subtle crunch to the surface of a dish. It is commonly used on a variety of foods, including grilled meats, roasted vegetables, salads, and desserts. The delicate crystals of finishing salt dissolve quickly on the tongue, creating a nuanced and enjoyable sensory experience. Chefs and home cooks appreciate finishing salt for its ability to elevate the overall taste and presentation of a dish, turning a simple meal into a gourmet experience. Popular varieties include Fleur de Sel, Maldon salt, and various artisanal sea salts with unique textures and flavor profiles.