The essence/oils are encapsulated in the Maldon Flake Sea Salt crystals, maintaining the delicate fresh flavour. You can either marinate by coating the meat or use as your normal seasoning while cooking. The Flake adds another level to the dish, by adding a distinct crunchy texture. The Japanese use this seaweed to Enhance the flavours of everything that they cook with KOMBU. In does not have a distinct flavour, but, it improves and enhances what ever you use it on.