Is there difference between Saucisson Sec and Salami?

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    Just to get the obvious answer out of the way, one is a French cured sausage and the other is an Italian. It will be interesting to hear if anyone knows of traditional differences in preparation and ingredients between the two. Aug 9, 2010 at 21:29

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There's a difference between the title (is a sausiccon a type of salami), and the body (is there a difference).

The first is a question of classification, and no, a saucisson is type of cured sausage, but you'd want "saucisson sec" (dry sausage) for a dried, cured sausage with good storage characteristics like salami. So the relation is the other way around -- a salami is a type of saucisson.

"Differences" when you're dealing with general classifications such as this tend to be a question of if there are items that might fit into one category, but not the other. It's pretty obvious that salami is a narrower term than sausiccon, but I'm not sure if salami and sausiccon sec are just different names for the same concept, or if there might be items in one class that wouldn't fall into the other.

update : would sweet bologna be considered a saucisson sec ? It's only semi-dried, so I wouldn't classify it as a salami due to storage characteristics.

  • I admit, I'm not French (and only part Basque), so I don't hear the term "saucisson" used; we might need a French person to weigh in on how the term is used; it might be like "chorizo" in that there's many different regional variations of it but a few defining characteristics that might not suffice with a simple translation.
    – Joe
    Aug 10, 2010 at 2:14

Saucisson sec might be used to call all the dried sausages. Salami is a dried sausage so it might be a saucisson sec. However, it is generally used to designate different recipes.

The difference can come from the size of the grounded meat, the seasoning or even the casing. As an example, Rhulman and Polcyn are providing a recipe for salami (heavily seasoned) and saucisson sec (lightly seasoned).

Also, salami or pepperoni are usually made of fine grounded meat which gives an homogeneous look to the stuffing while other dried sausages like rosette de Lyon or saucisson de ménage are more heterogenous looking. Salami is generally associated with bigger casings than saucissons secs. The size of the casing might not only affect the look but also the taste as a bigger casing necessitate longer drying.

  • Nice thorough answer.
    – hobodave
    Aug 10, 2010 at 16:00

Saucisse is any little sausage, fresh or dried. Saucisse seche is the term used when it's dried. Saucisson is any sausage that's air dried and cured -Salami is cured sausage, fermented and air-dried meat. So is it a Salami, semantics probable because the French don't want to call it a Salami.


As saucisson is defined as "a large, cured French sausage of ground pork flavored with garlic", then a saucisson is not a salami; salami is not usually flavored with garlic, and it's not only made with ground pork.


I do not think Saucisson need necessarily be of pork. I have eaten donkey and horse sausages which were refered to as "saucisson de cheval" (horse) and "saucisson de ane" (donkey).


Salami and saucissons secs are referred to a grinded mixture of meat and fat stuffed into a casing that undergoes a fermentation drying and curing process. Salami can also be smoked. Both terms and technologies are equivalent. The same applies to the Spanish embutidos as for example the chorizo. Many countries all over the world have similar products using the same basic process


Saucisson sec and salami are dry cured sausages. Salamis tend to have gone through a incubation period which gives the sausage an acidic taste, which also protects the meat from spoiling. Saucisson sec has no incubation period. Both sausages should be further protected by Nitrates and Nitrites to inhibit Botulism.


Do not mislead. Dried and cured are two different things. Dried when you leave meat to dry naturally and meat losing water in time. When you cure you involve smoke. There are two different type of curing - cold and hot. All three technology give different taste. Salami is cured not dried, saucisson sec is dried.

  • Virtually all dry sausages involve both curing and drying. And “curing” does not necessarily involve smoke.
    – Sneftel
    Nov 19, 2022 at 10:18

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