The 10 Most Expensive Salts

Amethyst Bamboo

One of the most expensive salts at Mark Bitterman's store, The Meadow, it is used for cooking and as a finishing salt. It should be used sparingly on spicy foods or can be blended with other salts.

Price: $38.50 for a 1.2-ounce jar

Korean Oyster Bamboo

With no moisture, this salt can be used for finishing a dish or while cooking, but should be used sparingly on spicy foods.

Price: $28.50 for a 1.2-ounce jar.

Hana Flake

A light and refreshing finishing salt that works well on salads, ceviches, vegetable soups and fish. Perfect to top off delicate foods for a beautiful mouth feel.

Price: $17.25 for a 1.2-ounce jar.

Kamebishi Soy Salt

In his book, Bitterman recommends using this salt on rice, in place of soy sauce for texture and in an Asian rub.

Price: $17.25 for a 1.2-ounce jar.

Saffron Salt

This saffron-infused salt is an example of a flavored salt that Bitterman says, "often use very expensive ingredients which, when crafted into an infused salt, gives you a versatile, incredibly cost-effective way to bring that flavor to the salt." Saffron, a notoriously-expensive product, adds bright color and deep flavor to this salt.

Price: $16.50 for a 1.2-ounce jar. 

Black Truffle Salt (Tartufo Nero)

Another example of a flavored salt that uses expensive ingredients. Bitterman describes this salt as, "just a pinch, and presto, truffleness."

Price: $16.00 for a 1.2-ounce jar.

Iburi Jio Cherry Smoked Salt

A finishing salt that Bitterman recommends for an array of foods like squid steak, popcorn, miso soup, raw salmon, beef filet, toast, bourbon and ice cream sandwiches.

Price: $14.50 for a 1.2-ounce jar.

Takesumi Bamboo

With an arresting color, this salt smells of charcoal and has a similar taste. (It almost reminds you of being at a campfire). Bitterman says that it works well on lean game meats, cod, raw oysters and vegan foods where meat flavor is required.

Price: $13.00 for a 2-ounce jar.

Oshima Island Blue

A finishing salt that works well in Asian-style dishes like seaweed salads, sea urchin or yam tempura.

Price: $13.25 for a 1.2-ounce jar.

Kilauea Onyx

This stunning finishing salt comes from sea salt farms in Hawaii and can be ground in a mortar and pestle or sprinkled on fish and fruits like mangos.

Price: $12.00 for a 1.2-ounce jar.