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Seasoned Salt, Penzeys Spices, Arlington Heights MA
Typical seasoned salt

Seasoned salt is a blend of table salt, herbs, spices, other flavourings, and sometimes monosodium glutamate (MSG). It is sold in supermarkets and is commonly used in fish and chip shops and other take-away food shops. Seasoned salt is often the standard seasoning on foods such as chicken, French fries, deep-fried seafood, and potatoes.

United States

Seasoned salt

The seasoned salt industry in the United States sells US$100 million in seasoned salt annually. According to the US Federal Trade Commission, two brands make up 80% of that market.


Lawry's Seasoned Salt
Lawry's, the most common brand of seasoned salt in the US

Lawry's, the oldest commonly used "seasoned salt" in the US, was originally developed for seasoning steaks in the 1930s.

Morton Season-all

Morton Season-All is the #2 seasoned salt in the US by market share.

Antitrust issues

The combined marketshare of Lawry's seasoned salt and Season-All was of sufficient concern that the FTC required McCormick, the former owner of the Season-All brand, to sell (divest) the Season-All brand to Morton as a condition of McCormick purchasing Lawry's seasonings in 2008.

Cajun and Creole seasoning

In Louisiana and the surrounding states, many companies make Cajun/Creole seasonings. It is a spicy blend of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano or thyme, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Brands include Tony Chachere's, Zatarain's and Paul Prudhomme.

Old Bay

Old Bay is a celery-salt-based seasoned salt commonly used on seafood.


Chip spice

Invented in the 1970s in the English city of Hull and claimed to have been inspired by American seasonings, "chip spice" was introduced into the United Kingdom in the 1970s in Kingston upon Hull by the Spice Blender company; the recipe was based on American spiced salts containing paprika.


Chicken salt

Chicken salt was originally developed in the 1970s by Peter Brinkworth in Gawler, South Australia to season chicken for rotisseries. It is now commonly used on hot chips (termed "french fries" in the United States).

The first recipe for chicken salt consisted of onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, paprika, chicken bouillon and monosodium glutamate with some curry powder. There are versions of chicken salt that use chicken flavoring as well as vegan versions.

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