Many people cook with salt, adding its crystallized form to dishes in order to enhance the natural flavors of meats, vegetables and other foods. But did you know you can use it to cook on so long as it’s in the right form? In some parts of the world, salt can be found naturally in large blocks; when those are cut into neat slabs, they can act as an ideal cooking surface.
One of the most inventive and satisfying uses for these salt blocks is on the grill. Because salt can transfer and retain heat, it can simultaneously heat your food and leave it with a savory flavor in the process. Plus, once you’re done cooking, you can remove it from the heat and place it on your table as an artful (and practical) centerpiece.
To help you take your grilling game to the next level, we’ve curated our favorite salt blocks available on Amazon.
1. POHS Himalayan Salt Block
Himalayan salt is having a moment. Not only is its warm pink hue and natural marbling pleasing to the eye, but the minerals which impart its color also lend it a rich flavor. Combined, these things make it a great choice for a salt block. This model comes with a steel holder that can be used to transfer it from the fiery grill grates to your table with ease. But this slab does more than act as a great cooking surface: if you need to keep delicate, temperature-sensitive foods (like shrimp) cool, simply chill it beforehand to turn it into a large cold pack.
2. Himalite Himalayan Pink Salt Block
This salt block is made of 100-percent pure Himalayan salt boulders so you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals or additives seeping into your food. But there’s more to this block than its purity. It’s strong enough to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees, meaning you can use it on nearly any stovetop or grill. It also comes with its own metal tray which makes it easy to safely remove from the heat. The included tray also means you can use the block as a serving plate.
3. Grill Parts Zone American Fire Gas Himalayan Salt Plate
At 8 inches by 8 inches by 2 inches, this salt block isn’t the roomiest on our list, but that has its own benefits. Because it’s thicker than most, it can more gently cook delicate foods, like fish and shellfish, and the added height makes for an even more impressive presentation once you bring it to your table. Unlike some of the other picks on this list, it doesn’t come with handles, but that doesn’t make it any less capable of preparing foods beautiful or helping keep them cool during an extended dinner party or another large gathering.
4. The Spice Lab Natural Pink Himalayan Salt Cooking Plate
Salt-block first-timers would do well to look into this version from The Spice Lab. It doesn’t have handles, but that’ll help you stay focused on using it to cook with. It can be safely heated to 450 degrees Farenheit, and at 12 by 8 inches, its size won’t overwhelm your grill or your storage cabinet. Plus, the recommended cleaning method is to simply wipe it down with a damp cloth, which makes for an easy way to inject your foods with flavor.
5. Caravel Gourmet Himalayan Salt Block
Hand-carved from the Khewra salt mines in the Himalayan Mountain range, this slab has a unique crystalline structure and has been rigorously tested for purity. This not only helps ensure the elimination of any potential off-flavors but helps avoid as much cracking and breakage as possible given its material. It’s also incredibly easy to care for—once you’re done cooking, simply allow it to cool and then rinse it with water to gently scrub away any remaining food. Try it as a chic sushi platter to wow dinner guests.