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How to Cure Your Own Salmon

Gravlax In 5 Easy Steps

Home made Gravlax

Who doesn't love smoked salmon? A real delicacy! But it can be pricey or hard to find sometimes, so I prefer to make my own version, Nordic style. It is called Gravlax, a Scandinavian name that means "to cure fish." You'll be surprised how easy it is to make, and it requires only a few ingredients, besides a nice piece of fresh salmon.




1 pound piece of fresh salmon, (the thick part), bones and skin removed 
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of coarse salt
1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
1 bunch of fresh dill, chopped



 STEP ONE: Mix sugar, salt, fennel seeds and dill and spread half of the curing mixture in a fitting glass pan.

 STEP TWO: Place the piece of fresh salmon on top and rub with the remaining mixture.

 STEP THREE: Cover the salmon with a plastic wrap and place a cutting board, and a heavy book, a clean brick, cans or any other heavy object on top.

 STEP FOUR: Let it sit in the fridge for 24 to 36 hours.

 STEP FIVE: Rinse out the curing mixture over fresh water and path dry with paper towels.

Note: you can add fresh ground pepper to the curing mixture.

Salmon will keep one week in the refrigerator and the left over can be frozen.

Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer, with or without sour cream!

You will be impressed with how good it is!

It just melts in your mouth... Enjoy!   

Pairing tips: any good Chardonnay.


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