Low Salt Flavor Enhancers

Mortar and PestleIt’s easy to stop using the salt shaker and replace the garlic salt and onion salt with garlic powder and onion powder in the kitchen. In fact, there is a large selection of salt-free seasonings available if you take the time to look. Mrs. Dash is great and very popular, but there are many more options to help those with chronic kidney disease be creative in the kitchen, including:

Barbecue Grilling Spices & Rubs
Cajun Creole
Chinese Five Spices
Fajita Seasoning
Fresh garlic
Fresh lemon or lime juice
Italian Seasoning
Lemon Pepper
Poultry Seasoning
Stir Fry Ginger
Szechwan Seasoning
Thai Seasoning

Additionally, you can enjoy small amounts of green pepper or onion, vinegar and wine.

Avoid using salt substitutes or seasonings that contain potassium chloride. Although most salt substitutes do not contain sodium, most have a large amount of potassium. Potassium can actually be more harmful to you than salt.

Following are some suggestions for blending spices with specific foods.
Allspice beef, eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, beverages, baked products, desserts
Basil lamb, fish, eggs, vegetables, sauces
Bay Leaf beef, chicken, veal, fish
Cinnamon chicken, pork, fruits, baked products, beverages, vegetables
Cloves beef, pork, fruits
Curry (salt-free) beef, chicken, lamb, veal, eggs
Dill chicken, veal, fish, vegetables
Ginger chicken, pork, fruits, vegetables, baked products, beverages
Marjoram eggs, fish, meats, poultry
Mustard Powder meats, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables
Parsley beef, chicken, fish, salads, sauces
Rosemary beef, lamb, chicken, turkey
Sage meats, fish, stuffing, vegetables
Savory egg dishes, meats, poultry, stuffing, rice, vegetables
Tarragon chicken, fish, meats, egg dishes, sauces, vegetables
Thyme fish, meats, poultry, eggs, stuffing, vegetables

It is best to crush or rub leaf-type herbs to release their full flavor. Remember, herbs and spices should not overpower the taste of your food, so add them in small amounts. However, since salt enhances or increases flavors, you may need slightly more of a spice than a standard recipe calls for.