Garlic powder and garlic salt both allow you to add garlic to a dish conveniently and quickly. They are easy to find and are popular with American cooks. Are there any important differences between the two? Do they have different effects on dishes? Can you use them in the same way? We will answer these questions and more in another SPICEography Showdown.
How do garlic powder and garlic salt differ in flavor?
Garlic salt is simply a mixture of garlic powder and salt. In other words, the flavors of the two spices are very similar but one is diluted with salt and the other isn’t. If you want a mellower version of pure garlic flavor, you can use garlic powder. However, garlic salt may be a better option if you want to add a little more flavor than you would get with just plain salt.
Can you use garlic powder in place of garlic salt and vice versa?
Garlic powder is a great substitute for garlic salt since you can use it to make your own garlic salt. It gives you full control over your flavors. You can add as much garlic flavor as you want and as much salt as you want. You are also not restricted to table salt. You can add salt in other forms like soy sauce, miso paste or even bouillon cubes.
Garlic salt is not quite as versatile if you use it as a garlic powder substitute. Since both flavors in garlic salt come premixed in a ratio determined by the manufacturer, you cannot increase one by adding more of the spice. If you want a strong garlic flavor, you run the risk of making your dish too salty to eat. If you want more salt, you will also be making your dish more garlicky. Garlic salt can only work in place of garlic salt if you use it carefully and in limited amounts; it may not be ideal if you want garlic at the forefront of the dish.
Which is healthier, garlic powder or garlic salt?
The big difference between garlic powder and garlic salt is the salt. Salt has been associated with a number of health problems. High salt intake can increase your blood pressure, which may increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. High sodium diets have also been connected to an increased risk of stomach cancer. Salt is also believed to increase the rate bones lose calcium, which means that it could cause osteoporosis. The fact that garlic powder has no salt makes it the healthier option of the two.
Which dishes are a better fit for garlic powder? Which ones are a better fit for garlic salt?
Garlic powder is a convenient alternative to garlic, which is one of the most popular flavors in the world. It is a convenient way to add garlic flavor to most of the dishes that require it. It also allows you to use it in dishes where the bulk of whole garlic is not desirable. It is perfect for making dry rubs that you can use on meat to be smoked or grilled. It is also a great addition to salad dressings and thinner soups.
Garlic salt is less versatile due to the aforementioned salt content; however, it is useful as a finishing salt that you sprinkle over cooked foods. Consider using garlic salt to season fries, popcorn or raw vegetables.