Flavored salts are one of the easiest ways to make a familiar dish taste fresh. Some of the most interesting ones appearing in gourmet food shops now are made with saffron, malt vinegar, sweet onion or vanilla. We're most taken with matcha sea salt, though, and not just because of its verdant green hue. It's a natural for Asian dishes that involve tempura, edamame or tofu (it pairs well with their light flavors), but its floral, grassy taste can also enhance many Western foods. Try it on steamed fish or take a leap and sprinkle it on top of sugar cookies before baking—the bright but subtly salty taste is an unusual complement. Ronit and Shuli Madmone, co-owners of the online spice emporium Whole Spice, even incorporate it into poached eggs.
Get the recipe: Poached Eggs with Matcha Sea Salt