Celery salt

Celery salt is a seasoned salt used to flavour food. The primary ingredient is table salt and the flavouring agent is ground seeds from celery[1] or its relative lovage.[2] It is also sometimes produced using dried celery or seed oleoresin.[3][4]


Celery salt normally contains an anticaking agent such as silicon dioxide[1] or calcium silicate.[2]

As a vegetable, celery seeds have potassium as the dominant ion over sodium (ninefold more).[5]


Celery salt is an ingredient of the Bloody Mary cocktail and the Caesar cocktail.[6] It is also reported to be an ingredient in KFC's secret spice mix.[7] It is also commonly used to season the Chicago-style hot dog, the New York System wiener, salads, coleslaw and stews. It is a primary ingredient in Old Bay brand seasoning.[8]

Because sodium nitrate, a chemical that serves as a food preservative, occurs naturally in celery, celery salt is often used by food producers to prevent spoilage while avoiding listing sodium nitrate on the ingredients list directly.[9][citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Celery Salt - Herbs & Spices - Schwartz UK". www.schwartz.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "CELERY - Bart Ingredients - Not all ingredients are equal". www.bart-ingredients.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  3. ^ Small, Ernest (2006). Culinary Herbs. NRC Research Press. p. 177. ISBN 9780660190730.
  4. ^ Coffee and Tea Industries and the Flavor Field. 1914. p. 270.
  5. ^ "Food Composition Databases Show Foods -- Spices, celery seed". ndb.nal.usda.gov. Archived from the original on 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  6. ^ "Celery Salt - Buy Celery Salt Online".
  7. ^ "The Colonel's original KFC chicken recipe found in scrapbook". NZ Herald. 4 January 2017 – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
  8. ^ List of ingredients provided at: http://www.oldbay.com/Products/Old-Bay-Seasoning.aspx
  9. ^ "Are the Health Concerns About Nitrates Overblown?". Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-12.