Quick and Easy Way to Make Garlic Salt


A frugal hack that I’ve used for many years is this quick recipe to make your own garlic salt. It’s a super simple two ingredient combo anyone can whip up that lets you make garlic salt with garlic powder and salt that you probably already have in your pantry. Once you learn this trick you might never buy the premade garlic salts again!

Bowl of homemade garlic salt

My Garlic Salt Recipe Ratio

My homemade garlic salt recipe uses a 2:1 ratio of salt and garlic, meaning it uses 2 parts salt to each one part of garlic powder. Many other recipes online use a higher ratio of salt (and the store bought garlic salts probably have a higher ratio of salt too). But I’ve always used and prefer this mixture that keeps the salt a bit lower and tweaks the garlic flavor just a bit higher and it’s always worked just fine in my recipes.

Homemade garlic salt ingredients

To make this homemade garlic salt recipe I mix ¼ cup ordinary table salt with 2 Tablespoons garlic powder. And that’s all there is to it!

These amounts will create a batch size of about 19 teaspoons (or about a 3.5 oz weight) so it usually fits perfectly into recycled spice jar. If you keep a recycled garlic salt spice bottle, you won’t even have to re-label it. 🙂

A bottle of garlic salt using garlic powder

Try Garlic Salt with Parsley, or Onion Salt too!

Now that you know how to make garlic salt using garlic powder, you can branch out from there and make these variations too.

One idea is to add some dried parsley which is an ingredient often included in the store bought garlic salts. Start by adding a teaspoon of dried parsley with the salt and garlic powder and you can always add more if you wish.

Another idea is to use this same strategy to make onion salt. You can use the same recipe ratio but just mix the salt with onion powder instead.

There are always ways to customize your mixtures when you make your own!

This post was originally published Aug, 2010 and was republished Jan, 2024

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Quick & Easy Garlic Salt

This simple shortcut uses salt and garlic powder to create a handy homemade garlic salt.
Prep Time3 minutes
Course: Spice Blend
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic, Homemade Spice Blend
Yield: 19 teaspoons
Author: Beverly


  • 1/4 cup Salt (I use ordinary table salt)
  • 2 Tbl Garlic Powder


  • In a small bowl, mix together the salt and the garlic powder.
  • Store the mixture in a small jar with a good fitting lid. You can use this mixture in any recipe calling for garlic salt as an ingredient.


You can also add a teaspoon of dried parsley to this mixture.
To make onion salt using this method, simply substitute onion powder for the garlic powder.

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    1. True, garlic salt is a budget friendly item, but this quick hack allows you to make some with other ingredients you might have handy. It’s a nice solution for someone like me that doesn’t like running out to the store.

      1. I appreciate the DIY recipes. We are so programmed to the off theshelf method we have lost the value in all phases of eating.

        1. Yes, there can definitely be resourceful homemade solutions if we just take a minute and think it about it sometimes!

  1. I ran out of garlic salt this morning and remembered your website. It sure is nice to be able to just come here, get the proportions and “Make My Own”. Thanks, Bev!