Food & Nutrition

3 excellent low salt stock cubes which will add flavour without adding loads of salt

Published by Finn Hayden

Stock cubes are a really easy way to add instant flavour to a meal, and we use them all the time to make our meals taste better. But stock cubes can also be packed with salt, and many people don't realise how much additional salt they're adding to their meals when they use stock cubes in their cooking.

Luckily, there are stock cubes out there that you can buy which are low in salt but still work great. Here are our top 3 choices:


We're placing the Kallo stock cubes as our number 1 choice because we love the quality of the stock cubes. They're also described as being very low in salt rather than just low in salt because the salt content in these stock cubes from Kallo is virtually negligible.

We love the very low salt chicken stock cubes from the brand for a few reasons - for starters, the obvious point is that they contain just 0.1g of salt per 100ml when made with water, which is virtually nothing. We're also really impressed that these stock cubes contain no MSG, no artificial colours, and they're also gluten free and lactose free. It's also seriously impressive that every ingredient used in these stock cubes is certified organic, and that they're made using natural chicken flavour.

Kallo very low salt chicken stock cube

We also love the Very Low Salt Organic Vegetable Stock Cubes from the Kallo brand, and as with the chicken stock cubes from the brand, they contain just 0.1g of salt per 100ml when made with water. These vegetable stock cubes from Kallo are also made without MSG or artificial colours, and with 100% organic ingredients including real garlic and nutmeg.

You'll pay a bit more for the very low salt stock cubes from Kallo, but we think they're worth the price. Learn more and buy them here -

Kallo very low salt vegetable stock cubes


We have to give a special mention to Knorr in this guide because the brand has a zero salt range of stock cubes which don't taste awful, and that's a real achievement.

We've only tried zero salt chicken stock cubes from Knorr (pictured), which really impressed us - they're made without artificial colours or preservatives and they're made with lots of natural flavours, including free range chicken, rosemary, and parsley. It also seems that we're not alone in loving these zero salt stock cubes as the product has a very good rating of 4.5 out of 5 from customer reviews on the Knorr website.

zero salt

Oxo Reduced Salt

Oxo is one of the most popular stock cube brands in the UK, and we're delighted to see that the brand has launched a range of reduced salt stock cubes. You can buy reduced salt beef, chicken, and vegetable stock cubes from the brand, but we've only tried the chicken and vegetable stock cubes, both of which we really liked.

The reduced salt chicken stock cubes from Oxo contain 25% less salt than you'll find in the standard chicken Oxo cubes, which means they contain just 0.54g of salt per 100ml when made with water. We really like the chicken flavour of the stock cubes and we're pleasantly surprised to see that these stock cubes are made with real chicken fat.

Oxo reduced salt

The reduced salt vegetable Oxo stock cubes contain even less salt than the reduced salt chicken stock cubes from Oxo, with just 0.45g of salt per 100ml when made up with water. The flavour of the reduced salt vegetable Oxo cubes is great and they contain no artificial preservatives.

Oxo reduced salt vegetable stock cubes
So as you can see, you've got lots of options when it comes to low salt stock cubes that you can buy to give your dishes flavour without adding too much extra salt. If you want to read something similar, we have a guide about tomato ketchups which are healthier than Heinz tomato ketchup.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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