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How to make fleur de sel (salt flakes)

How to make fleur de sel (salt flakes)

French "fleur de sel" is a salt with a special texture, formed by the action of the wind on salt marshs. The wind dries the surface of the water which has a high salt concentration (this will later become sea salt) producing thin flaky crystals.

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Last modified on: May 4th 2011

For 15 g, you will need:

  • 1 sea water 500 ml sea water
  • Total weight: 500 grams
Change for: 5 g 15 g 30 g 45 g

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
7 min.1 hour1 hour 7 min.
Preservation: Several months in an airtight jar.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
2 min.
How to make fleur de sel (salt flakes) : Photo of step #1 Pour 500 ml sea water into a pan on the lowest heat possible.
Stage 2
1 hour
How to make fleur de sel (salt flakes) : Photo of step #2 As the water evaporates, crystals of salt will start to appear on the surface...
Stage 3
How to make fleur de sel (salt flakes) : Photo of step #3 ...until the water has entirely disappeared.
Stage 4
5 min.
How to make fleur de sel (salt flakes) : Photo of step #4 Scrape the bottom of the pan and you will have your "fleur de sel" salt flakes.


It's worth noting that all types of salt have the same basic taste (unless of course there is something added). What "fleur se sel" offers is a different texture, rather than taste, and it is for scattering over the top of dishes rather than mixing in, as this adds nothing different from normal salt.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).
Source: Home made, based on a tip by Hervé This.
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Your 4 comments or questions on this recipe

  • Hello,
    Fleur de Sel is not made, it is the first hand harvested of the delicate and tasty flakes on top of the salt fields. What you are making is salt FLAKES. I actually want to make salt flakes so I will use your instructions.

    Fleur de Sel is sold by the name of the salt fields or regions such as the Fleur de Sel (flower of the salt- French) de Guerande. It is one of the more coveted Fleur de sel salts in France. Because it is hand harvested, it costs considerably more than gross salt and is considering a 'finishing salt'. That is the salt sprinkled on the food on your plate just before it is eaten.
    Posted by Fleurdesel september 26th 2014 at 00:33 (n° 1)
  • Will this process harm the pan I use?
    Posted by Anonymous april 15th 2016 at 18:28 (n° 2)
  • No, don't worry
    Posted by Anonymous april 18th 2016 at 09:10 (n° 3)
  • This can be used with any kind of salt, including table salt. You can also change the amount of water to change the structure of the crystals...
    Posted by Jimmie october 17th 2017 at 00:26 (n° 4)

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