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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:

Change those ingredients for: 5 g 15 g 30 g 45 g

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Keeping: Several months in an airtight jar.
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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
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As the water evaporates, crystals of salt will start to appear on the surface...

Stage 3
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...until the water has entirely disappeared.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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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 or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).


Home made, based on a tip by Hervé This.

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