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Bitterman’s Himalayan Salt Block

Whether flash-searing tuna, serving sashimi, grilling scallops or chilling delicious ribbons of salted caramel, this thick, hand-cut slab of pink Himalayan salt is a delightfully inventive way to cook, chill and serve your favorite dishes. This...Read More

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Whether flash-searing tuna, serving sashimi, grilling scallops or chilling delicious ribbons of salted caramel, this thick, hand-cut slab of pink Himalayan salt is a delightfully inventive way to cook, chill and serve your favorite dishes. This mineral-rich salt block enhances the flavors of anything placed on it, making it great for chilling steaks and seafood, chilling and serving sushi or beef carpaccio, and even searing shellfish tableside.

Each block is handpicked from the purest seams located in the 600-million-year-old salt deposits deep under the rugged Punjabi landscape. Boasting the ability to withstand extremes ranging from -320°F to 900°F, this gourmet-quality salt slab is limited only by the creativity of the cook using it.

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Mark Bitterman
  • Dimensions: 8" x 12" x 1.5"
  • Ingredients: Salt
  • Made in Pakistan

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand rinse with water. Do not use soap.

What's In the box? Show

  • Salt block (salt block holder sold separately)


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Customer Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Adds excellent flavor to many foods
I have used this on both the stove top and the grill for: asparagus, shrimp, lobster tails, steaks, baked potatoes(cut in half), chicken and pork chops. The salt adds excellent flavor and texture(due to the heat). The biggest problem is the time it takes to heat up the block, especially on the grill. I start it on low and heat it up slow. Handling is much easier w/the holder.
May 22, 2015
The block exploded on our grill the first time we used it.
As directed we placed it on the cool grill & slowly brought it up to temp. The first time we opened the grill lid the salt block literally exploded & hot salt shards were thrown 10 feet from the grill. My kids were there when it happened & could have been injured.
Very disappointed for a costly purchase.
May 15, 2016
over 2 years ago
Be CAreful
We purchased this as a gift for my mother for her Birthday. Followed the instructions for heating it up as was explained in Bitterman's book. We had the block on the center of a gas grill and turned it on the lowest possible setting and let it go for 30 minutes. Then turned it up to one-quarter heat for another 15 mins, then half-heat for another 15 minutes, then turned the heat up to 80%. I opened the top of the grill to check the temperature after about 5 minutes on 80% heat, closed the lid, then about 5 seconds later...BOOM...the entire block EXPLODED in the grill. Be careful....a defective one could hurt someone....we were lucky the cover was closed...
Exploded salt block on gas grill
Exploded salt block on gas grill
June 19, 2016
Gourmet Touch Made Easy
Just like anything new in the kitchen, it takes practice to perfect. I did research this cooking technique on Pinterest and read up on the best way to prepare the block for the grill. You have to place the salt block in your oven at 150 for 15 minutes and keep increasing the temperature in 50 degree increments until it reaches 475-500 degrees. Then, take it out and place it on the grill that is already heated. When you do this transfer, you REALLY need the salt holder as it has great handles.

Believe me, I have made some mistakes with this vessel but I have learned something new every time I have used the salt block:

1. Heat it gradually in the oven inside until reaching the highest temperature, then transfer. It's nice to have someone to open the patio door for you.
2. Don't be afraid to use a light coating of EVOO, when grilling delicate fish (such as sea scallops). This way, it does not stick with the searing process. Add oil once on the grill with a basting brush, then your fish.
3. If you plan to serve appetizers on it you will most likely want to invest in a different one (for inside only use). The one from the grill will get discolored after a few uses.

My favorite spread inside on the block is Caprese salad. Just don't let it sit too long as it gets too salty.

My favorite meal so far on the grill block has been "Seared Ahi Tuna" (served with Wasabi Potato Salad).
September 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
Followed heating up instructions to the letter, using high end infrared thermometer. After about 15 mins into heat up two of the corners exploded off on the grill. Shouldn't affect taste but ruined presentation value.
July 19, 2016
Like the other reviews, bought this for a father's day gift, and it exploded. We followed the directions exactly. Just happy no one was hurt. Disappointed that my husband's first father's day gift was terrible and almost gave him a heart attack.
July 6, 2016
awesome product
buy the handle with it! great food comes off of it. I have bought this around 5 times for gifts
February 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great product
Just a note: You have got to follow directions here! Heat it slowly, cool it slowly, wash without soap, and you will have something that gives exceptional flavor and texture to proteins/vegetables! It is worth the effort. Unique flavor that our whole family enjoys.

It is a salt block... keep this in mind when heating and cooling! Follow directions for a great cooking experience!
June 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Salmon stuck to the surface. Grill was at a very high heat before putting it on. Consistency of the fish was different.
I will try meat or poultry next.
June 25, 2016
over 2 years ago
Awesome on the grill or in the oven
My favorite things to cook on this are seafood (esp. scallops) and steak.
April 13, 2017
over 3 years ago

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Gift for a friend who loves to cook out
Lisa R on May 16, 2018
I want to try something new and I love to grill
Beverly N on Feb 21, 2018
Gift for a friend who loves to cook out
Lisa R on May 16, 2018
wedding gift
Steven H on Mar 9, 2018
I want to try something new and I love to grill
Beverly N on Feb 21, 2018
This salt block makes the best steaks you will ever have in your life!
Stefanie F on Jan 26, 2018
I received a smaller block for Christmas. We cooked shrimp on it and loved it. Definitely need the larger one and the holder too.
Diana B on Jan 2, 2018
Cause it's awesome
Joe s on Dec 30, 2017
my son had it on his Christmas list
STEPHANIE L on Dec 18, 2017
Interesting new way to grill food
David B on Dec 17, 2017
Thought it was cool and different for people who like to cook.
Shaffika S on Dec 17, 2017
From my son
Susan C on Dec 13, 2017
gift requested by recipient
nicole c on Dec 11, 2017
Was requested as a gift
Barbara P on Dec 9, 2017
We saw it at one of your stores.
Benjamin d on Dec 8, 2017
my husband wanted it
Angi T on Dec 8, 2017
A Christmas gift for an employee who loves salt - sort of a funny gift but also useful
Starr S on Dec 6, 2017
Have to men cooks in family and this seems like a good gift. I always have trouble finding something I think they might like.
Linda M on Dec 5, 2017
Joel H on Nov 26, 2017
I have been super interested in cooking with the block. My father and I love to try new cooking techniques so I thought this would be a great present
Marnie O on Nov 26, 2017
My brother likes to cook and I know he does not have a salt block
Rhonda D on Nov 18, 2017
Heard how good the food tasted
Nancy S on Nov 13, 2017
heard and read good things about cooking with a salt block
Diane H on Nov 12, 2017
As a gift...great price.
Pabloon B on Nov 1, 2017
Bernadette L on Aug 30, 2017
As a gift for someone who loves to grill.
kelly a on Aug 28, 2017
birthday gift for a grill lover
Morgan P on Aug 19, 2017
I love grilling food and this looks like something that will enhance the flavor of grilled foods
Vickie K on Aug 12, 2017
I wanted to add flavor to my meats in a fun way!
Rebecca M on Jul 24, 2017
Bought this to try because it was on sale, now I am back for more to give as gifts and to keep one for myself to use for cold items. The flavor of the food is amazing with the salt block.
Susan A on Jul 17, 2017
Want to try salt block cooking.
Margaret S on Jun 30, 2017
For a friend who's been wanting to try one.
TERRY R on Jun 27, 2017
a friend recommended it
Jami M on Jun 26, 2017
My latest favorite way to grill seafood
Cherie A on Jun 14, 2017
looks interesting
Karen C on Jun 13, 2017
Tried it in a Sur la Table cooking class and it was really good.
Karen L on Jun 6, 2017
Wanted to experiment
Judy G on Jun 6, 2017
I saw some fun tutorials on YouTube
Dyana S on Jun 4, 2017
I have one and LOVE using it. Its perfect for fish, shrimp and other shellfish.... Cooks perfectly every time. Makes a great gift too.
Amber B on May 29, 2017
I use Himalayan Salt everyday thought it would be a good way to cook too
JoAnn H on May 27, 2017
We have one and love it -- ordering for a friend
Kandee A on May 15, 2017
Heard about it. Can't wait to try
Hal M on May 12, 2017
Your email got me into this one! Can't wait to try it!
Lisa Kay H on May 10, 2017
I've had one before but I broke it so this is a replacement.

Shrimp and scallops are particularly good on this stone.
Bruce L on May 2, 2017
Great gift item.
Kimberly E on Apr 21, 2017
Enjoy using the Salt Block I have as well as the one I gave to may parents. Bought this for a friend.
Laurence C on Apr 13, 2017
I love salt and have been ordered by my doctors to eat more of it due to my low blood pressure.
Jill C on Feb 25, 2017
Diane D on Feb 20, 2017
My son-in-law referenced having one previously, so I am sending him one for his birthday.
Sherry Bea S on Jan 25, 2017
ordered as a gift
Denise C on Jan 22, 2017
I love & recommend this salt block.
RAMON F on Jan 20, 2017
My mom wanted one
Bryce T on Jan 16, 2017
wedding gift
Steven H on Mar 9, 2018
This salt block makes the best steaks you will ever have in your life!
Stefanie F on Jan 26, 2018
How long does it last? And can it be washed after having raw meet on it? When wet does it disintegrate?
A shopper on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should last for years. Pink Himalayan salt is naturally antimicrobial, so the only washing it should need is a quick scrub with a stiff bristled brush. For this reason, disintegration, although inevitable, will be a long a very slow, gradual process.
what are the dimentions of the salt block?
A shopper on May 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Dimensions: 8" x 12" x 1.5"
Is this safe for an infrared grill?
Jennifer R on Jun 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I personally don't have an infrared barbecue, but checked it out online and from what I see, I would say "no".
But on a regular gas barbecue I can definitely say, it is remarkable. I seared scallops on it, the key is to heat up slowly, follow directions on heating, then it's pure magic from there!!
Where do you store the salt block?
Kathryn S on Jun 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I wrap it in wax paper and slide it in the skinny cupboard where I keep my cookie sheet and other stuff that shape. My friend has a rectangular cake pan/roasting pan and nestles hers in that. It is quite heavy so I keep it stored low..
I Keep reading about the Bitterman’s Himalayan Salt Block exploding on the bbq, why is this happening? Has the product been tested? I want to buy one as a gift but now I am a little hesitant.
Carol P on Jun 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not had any issues with my salt block. The food has been wonderful and the Salt Blocks I purchased from Sur La Table I've been very pleased and there has been no "exploding" small crack but no problems at all.
Follow instructions to SLOWLY heat, possibly a reason for issues. I love them.
How long does it take to heat up ,approximately, and how do you know "what temp" to cook various items? Also I see 4 blocks in a holder, is that how many you should have for cooking your Seafood, vegetables etc.? If so does that mean 35.00 x4 blocks? Thanks!!
Anne D on Jul 4, 2015

The block takes about 15 minutes to heat up on the grill and is similar to using planks to cook your seafood. I adjust the temperature of my grill between high and medium for a good sear on the shrimp and scallops.

I bought the one salt block, which is adequate for cooking dinner for up to six people. If you are cooking for a large party you may want to purchase 2 salt blocks.

I hope the above information helps!
Does the block make food salty if it cures or cooks for more than an hour?
Tiffany E on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the block is suppose to salt food placed on it. Not sure if duration effects it. I have noticed there will be indentions where food has been place, so much assumption would be the more salt absorbed(i.e larger indention) the saltier the food would be. Hope this helps!
What if my block breaks?
Jessica S on Jul 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If a block breaks, and you have a tray, carry on! Like cooking on rocks. :) If not, you can cook on what is left. I read that if a piece breaks off, you can grate it on food.
What are the steps to cooking the salt block?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Put the salt block in the oven or grill when you first start it heating it up. You want the salt block to warm up gradually: heat 20 min on low, 20 min on med, 20 min on high. You need to let the block heat up gradually To prevent cracking your blog k. Place your unseasoned meat directly in the salt block to cook. The salt block will do all your seasoning for you!

To clean: Moisten the salt block with a damp sponge (do not use soap). Scrub with a soft brush to remove any stuck matter, and wipe clean with the sponge. Try to keep the block as dry as possible – the less water the better. Repeat until the block is free of any cooked on food. Elevate the block so air can circulate and it can air dry.
once used can it be flipped to use other side?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is a solid salt block so yes, it can be flipped over and used on the other side.
Can the salt block and holder be used in a traditional and/or convect oven?
Sharon R on Aug 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can use it in a conventional, convection oven. You can use it on the grill or put it in the freezer and make ice cream and frozen treats.
Does this come with a recipe book?
SHARYN L on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, but we do have one available for purchase.
How long does it take the block to heat up, for instance, to cook a steak?
Cynthia G on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thirty minutes, at least. But worth it!
How do you use this on the electric stove top?
Cindy D on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: According to Mark Bitterman it is stove top safe. You need to put some type of buffer between the block and the stove top. He suggests a wok ring.
Can this be used on an electronic grill and or stove/oven?
Patricia T on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We've used it in the oven and on our propane grill. Worked great! Definitely be cautious how much salt you use if you marinate the meat you cook on it. The salt can be overwhelming if not careful!
does it make the food cooked on it salty?
A shopper on Nov 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mildly salty, it really depends on how much liquid is in the food. I.E. scallops have a lot of liquid and if over cooked they get very salty. But at a high temp they cook quick and get off the grill (in my case) fast and the salt does not transfer very much. Shrimp don't have much water in them, cook in 3-4 minutes &get a slight salty taste. Veggies cook quick and @ a high temp don't get very salty, depends on moisture.

Remember Himalayan salt in not as salty as other salts. Hope this helps.
Grill when wet?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I never put it on the grill wet. I don't know if that would be a good or bad thing.
Can you use salt block on a charcoal grill?
A shopper on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. keep it on the cooler part of your grill, after you have made your coals. Go slow!
How do you clean it?
Michele S on Dec 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Places that sell the block usually also sell a wire brush for cleaning the block. It fits your hand well and use it with water. Good luck with it,
can the salt block be used in smokers?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Although I have never done this - I would assume yes. However, It would definitely smoke the salt block as well and that flavor would pass on if you used it on the grill.
I tried making ice cream but it didn't work. Any suggestions, helpful tips? Is there a video I can watch?
A shopper on May 4, 2017
how to prep block before using it the first time?
A shopper on Dec 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We just followed the directions that came with the salt block and I don't think we had to do anything special. I just made sure I bought protective gloves/oven mitts that were specifically for handling the salt block at a high temperature!
can i use it on smoker?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can.


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