Making garlic bread for dinner tonight? Now you could chop up some fresh garlic—but what a tedious and messy business! How about sprinkling on some powdered garlic? Many chefs opt for garlic salt instead for a little tang. However, is garlic salt and powdered garlic the same thing?
1. Garlic Salt vs. Garlic Powder
All right, first things first, garlic powder and garlic salt are NOT one and the same spice! Dried garlic powder is made from fresh garlic. However, garlic salt is actually a type of seasoned salt.
Garlic salt is made up of 3 parts table salt with 1 part dried ground garlic with a type of anti-caking agent—such as calcium silicate. In the end garlic salt is mostly salt. However, you can sprinkle it on breads, in sauces, an on sides for a salty boost with a slightly garlicky tang.