Spiced Salt

This is the French quatre épices, used in innumerable French recipes. It has a flavor all of its own, and is excellent for adding to all sorts of dishes. Rubbing it into chicken or pork before you cook them is a quick way of improving the flavor of these particular meats. Spiced salt will keep for six months, or possibly longer.


  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 blade of mace
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper or 1-2 dried hot chili peppers
  • 10 allspice berries
  • ¼ tsp aniseed
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs


Pound and grind all the ingredients together thoroughly in a mortar with a pestle.

Store the mixture in a tightly sealed jar in a cool, dark, dry place.