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Difference Between Table Salt and Kosher Salt

Table Salt vs Kosher Salt

Varying spices and food enhancers have been part of human history. During the 1600’s, it was not the gold and jewelry that mattered for the Spanish kingdoms in those times but, rather, spices that were being imported from Asian countries such as Malacca and the Philippines in those times. Spices are considered luxurious items as these were not abundant in such countries. Now, its not the spices that are in demand.

Salt is one of these. But will you be surprised if there is another kind of salt aside from table salt which is kosher salt? Let us see the differences.

Depending on the chef’s purpose for cooking, table salt and kosher salt can differ in textures. Kosher salt, since it freshly came from the sea, has larger granules. It also has irregular grains that one can apparently bite when sprinkled on food. This crunchiness can add to the delicacy of the dish during sprinkling. Table salt, on the other hand, has finer grains. The grains are also very minute and regular in shape. These are slightly as fine as sand. Chefs and cooks prefer kosher salt more often than table salt as the former is easier to pinch than table salt, thus easier to sprinkle across food dishes.

These two salts do not have differences as both are 98 per cent sodium chloride. However, both differ in the process of production.

Table salt, to start with, is mined and harvested under the ground from the salt deposits. This salt that is being mined is mixed with calcium silicate. This is an anti-caking agent which prevents the clumping of the salt. Table salt usually has a sharp taste and finer granules. Since it has finer granules, thus, it contains more salt in a tablespoon of it versus a kosher salt in a tablespoon.

Kosher salt, or sea salt, is harvested from the sea. Men let the seawater flow into a large, man-made ground area with barriers in which seawater is being locked and evaporated. Kosher salt is said to be more expensive than table salt. Kosher salt is also not advised to be cooked or dissolved because it will lose its unique flavor.

Salt can make or break the taste of a dish. Just make sure do not add too much to prevent hypertension and kidney problems.


1.Kosher salt has larger grains and irregular granules while table salt has finer and regular grains and granules respectively.
2.Kosher salt is easy to pinch and spread according to cooks and chefs compared to table salt.
3.Kosher salt is more expensive than table salt.
4.Kosher salt is made from evaporated sea water while table salt is mined from the ground.

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