Malt-Vinegar Salt

Photo: Jen Causey
Prep Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
1 day
Makes 1/2 cup

A few minutes of work yield a summer's worth of this classic pub-fries seasoning. In addition to chips, we suggest you use it on steamed shrimp and crabs, and fried fish.


  • 6 tablespoons coarse salt

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ¼ cup malt vinegar


  1. Stir all ingredients together until a loose paste forms. Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet and spread into a thin layer. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, 1 day. The paste will dry into a hard, cohesive sheet.

  2. Rake and mash sheet with a fork until it develops the texture of coarse salt. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in a cool, dry place up to 3 months (that is, if it lasts that long).

Cook's Notes

To make the chips shown follow the recipe at, swapping out coarse salt for the malt-vinegar variety. Or try it on store-bought chips; the salt will adhere best if the chips are first warmed in a 350 degrees oven for a few minutes.

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