Don's Flavor Enhancer With Very Low Sodium

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

Entered for safe-keeping. This combination is used in many of Donald Gazzaniga's recipes in "The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium" books (both the original book and the "Light Meals" book). There are 3 other similar recipes posted on Zaar at this time, but the proportions of spices are different. This cannot substitute for salt when it is needed as a leavening agent or preservative, but it can add a "kicker" of taste. Store in a tight container and in a dark, cool place. Normal salt has 2350 mg of sodium per teaspoon while this has only 2.76 mg of sodium per teaspoon.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all the ingredients together, shake well, store what you aren't going to use soon in a tight container in a cool, dark place. Taste before storing.
  2. If you want one of the flavors above to be increased then add 1/4 teaspoon at a time and shake well before testing again.
  3. To kick this up even more, add some lemon zest, pureed to a powder in a food processor. Also, powder some dill weed and add if your'e using this on vegetables.
Most Helpful

I used this in some eggs for lunch and it was great. I am looking forward to using it more often! I cook low sodium whenever possible so this will be a great addition to my spice rack! Made for VEG*N swap. NOTE: Making a second batch of this stuff. . .love it. I cut the recipe in half and it fits comfortably (with some room to spare) in a 3 oz spice jar.

JanuaryBride August 04, 2009

I admit I haven't tried this on a wide variety of foods, but I have tried it on eggs and turkey burgers and it certainly tastes okay but it doesn't have any kind of pizzazz that would make me say "Wow," and that's what I really need to satisfy my now salt-free tastebuds. On the other hand, Don's low-sodium soy sauce substitute, also posted on this site, is pretty darn good. This is pretty good but I won't make it again when this batch runs out.

Goody2shz July 30, 2009

This works very well. I did not use the cloves, but added the dill weed. I also put in a little extra paprika because I like the coloring. So far, I have used this while making fried potatoes, eggs, chicken, even sprinkled over popcorn! It makes a great table spice in place of the salt. I just used the empty onion powder container to store it on the shelf with my other spices. Made and Reviewed for Zaar Tag - Thanks! :)

LilPinkieJ December 09, 2008