5 Easy Garlic Salt Substitutes

Enjoy an imaginary trip to the countries surrounding the Mediterranean when cooking with garlic. There is nothing like its aroma or taste! Seasoning with garlic can bring out the best flavors in meats, fish, pasta, vegetables, potatoes, and breads. Traditional garlic salt is made with dry and ground garlic and finely ground salt with an anti-caking agent.

Homemade Garlic Salt

Creating your homemade garlic salt is as easy as combining one part garlic powder and three parts table salt. If limiting salt is necessary for health purposes, some substitutions still offer the flavor you want to enjoy.

While many replace table salt for seasoning foods with garlic salt, remember that it is still salt and can impact your sodium levels. 

Consider these substitutions:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Minced garlic
  • Garlic flakes

Garlic Powder Substitute

Garlic powder is ground dried garlic and is used to flavor dishes. It has been ground into a fine powder and typically has added an anti-caking agent. It has no sodium, so those with health conditions that limit sodium may prefer this seasoning option.

For the most part, you can substitute garlic powder in almost the same ratio as you would use garlic salt. You may adjust the amount based on taste.

To replace one teaspoon of garlic salt, use:

= 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Granulated Garlic Substitute

Like garlic powder, this form has been made from dried garlic but ground to the consistency of cornmeal. Due to the different textures, it will take a bit more to realize the same results as a powder.

When replacing one teaspoon of garlic salt, use:

= 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of granulated garlic (flavor to taste)

Minced Garlic Substitute

Minced garlic can be made from a fresh clove or purchased. To mince garlic, take a clove of garlic and crush it. Next, rough chop the crushed clove, then use the knife to rock back and forth across the garlic until it is minced.

One clove of garlic will usually produce one teaspoon of minced garlic. Minced garlic is fresh, and the aroma will be robust. It does not take much to add flavor to your food.

To replace a one-half teaspoon of garlic salt, substitute:

= 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic plus 1/4 teaspoon salt (substitute kosher salt or table).

Garlic Flakes Substitute

Look in the grocery store’s produce section or organic market to find garlic flakes. The flakes typically do not have a strong flavor or have added salt. If you are on a restricted sodium diet, this may be an excellent option to add flavor to your recipes.

Since the flavor is not strong, some cooks add onion powder to create a deeper flavor.

When using garlic flakes, you should double the amount to equal the flavor when using garlic salt, although it depends on your taste.

To substitute for one teaspoon of garlic salt, use:

= 2 teaspoons of garlic flakes

Garlic Salt Substitute


Can I make garlic salt from scratch?

Creating your homemade garlic salt is as easy as combining one part garlic powder and three parts table salt. Make sure you mix the ingredients well before storing them in an airtight container.

How much garlic salt equals a clove?

One clove of garlic will usually produce one teaspoon of minced garlic. One teaspoon of minced garlic equals about one teaspoon of garlic salt.

Is garlic salt better than regular salt?

As a seasoning, garlic salt brings a more robust flavor to your food. However, it is still salt, and if you are on a sodium-restricted diet, you may want to use garlic powder.

About Rachelle

Hi, I'm Rachel! I love cooking and finding new recipes but was always missing one of the ingredients in my kitchen. I created Can I Substitute? for people like me who are one substitute away from a great meal. If you're looking for great ingredient substitutes you've come to the right place. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.