Red alaea salt, also known as Hawaiian red salt, is a striking red-coloured salt with an intense flavour.
What is red alaea salt?
Red alaea salt is a stunning salt made from purified sea water blending with Hawaiian red volcanic clay - known as 'alaea' in Hawaiian. In Hawaii, this clay is lauded for its health benefits. Indeed, it contains 80 different minerals, with a particularly high iron content which accounts for red alaea salt's striking colour.
Red alaea salt is also lower in sodium than table salt - and yet, its flavour is more robust. While the intensity of many salts can fade during cooking, this Hawaiian salt retains it from start to finish. This means you can use less red salt without compromising on flavour.
How do I use red alaea salt?
Traditionally, red alaea salt was used for flavouring, and you'll find plenty of recipes for classic Hawaiian kalua pork using the red salt to season the meat. But the dramatic colour and mildly nutty notes make this a great finishing salt. It is also renowned for helping to keep moist during cooking - 'sealing' in the moisture.
For authentic Hawaiian dishes, sprinkle it over grilled fish, add to jerky seasonings, or - of course - use for kalua pork or Hawaiian poke.
For an eye-catching twist on margaritas, use super-fine red alaea salt to coat the rim of your cocktail glasses. Or use as a dramatic garnish for pale dishes like goats' cheese or poached eggs.
Ingredients: natural sea salt, purified Hawaiian red clay.
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