5 Easy Steps to Cooking on Himalayan Salt:
Heating Himalayan salt slabs requires following some basic steps. Allow between 30 to 45 minutes to achieve the desired cooking temperature. Your Himalayan salt plate will crackle slightly while heating, especially the first time, as micro-fissures appear, giving the pink salt the elasticity it needs to expand as it increases in temperature. Heating will change the appearance of your Himalayan Salt plate, so if you are in love with your salt plate just the way it is, you may wish to buy a different block especially for heating and cooking.
Remember though: Himalayan salt blocks take on a life of their own when you start using them (and sometimes even before then). While it might be nice for salt to offer all the stability of stainless steel, this is simply not the case. When heated, it will change color dramatically, and may develop fissures. Don’t get upset by the behavior of your salt block. Salt is a complicated, wily, unpredictable substance. That is what gives it much of its charm.
Serving Food on Himalayan Salt Blocks & Salt Bowls
Using Himalayan salt blocks at cold room and room temperatures requires no special instructions. Just prepare and serve the food on a salt platter and serve. Keep in mind that the moister the foods the quick it will pick up saltiness from the pink salt block. Salt Bowls are great for serving and eating salads out of, or serve a sorbet or other desert in a unique way that lightly salts the food.
RECIPE: Fish on Salt Slab
Ingredients Salt slab Fish of your choice (fresh salmon works very well) 2-3 lemons, sliced Extra Virgin Olive oil
1. Heat the salt slab according to instruction
2. Take a few drops of olive oil and smear the salt slab with it (have some kitchen towel handy for this)
3. Place the fish or fish fillets on the salt slab and close the lid. Braai for 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Turn the fish or fish fillets over and braai for 2 more minutes lid closed.
5. Place some lemon slices on the fish when you turn fish over.