Rock Salt Mix

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By Thomas Keller

Published 1999

  • About


  • Rock salt (see Sources)
  • Star anise
  • Bay leaf
  • Allspice berries
  • Cloves


This is a decorative and practical base for clam and oyster dishes. The shells nestle comfortably in the salt, and if it’s been heated, the mix will help keep the shellfish hot and give off a fragrant aroma. It can be kept indefinitely at room temperature.

There are no specific proportions or spices for this mix. Use the salt as a base and mix in as much of each spice as you wish.