Arctic Char Gravlax With Apple-Pecan Salad

READY IN: 48hrs 40mins
Recipe by Cadillacgirl

From Food & Wine's Frank Mendoza! A little different with Arctic Char instead of salmon... Posted for ZWT #6!

Top Review by Sharon123

Wow, was this good! The fish is salty, but so good with all the spices and the salad went perfectly with the fish. Thanks! Made for ZWT 2013(Scandinavia) by a fellow team Hot Stuff member.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. GRAVLAX: In a bowl, mix the salt with the brown sugar, dill and juniper berries. In a spice grinder, grind the bay leaves with the peppercorns. Add to the salt cure and mix well. Spread half of the salt in a deep plate. Add the fish fillet, skin side down, and cover with the remaining salt. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Remove the fish from the salt and soak it in ice water in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Pat dry. Transfer the fish, skin side down, to a rack set on a baking sheet. Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight. (wrap tightly in plastic wrap and can be kept in refrigerator up to a week).
  3. SALAD: Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for 7 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the honey and mustard. Add the oil and whisk until blended. Whisk in the garlic and thyme and season with sea salt and pepper. Add the apples and endive and toss, then add the pecans and toss again.
  4. Using a thin, sharp knife, thinly slice the gravlax on the diagonal off the skin. Mound the salad on plates, surround it with gravlax and serve.

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