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    Gravlax (marinated salmon)

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    72 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    72 hrs

    André Grisell's Note:

    This is the traditional Swedish gravlax recipe. Nowadays lots of varieties have evolved, but this is the original. It is traditionally served with the mustard sauce ('Gravlaxsas') and lemon. I recommend a German or Californian dry or semi-dry white wine to this. Because of the simplicity of the recipe, the salmon has to be of the best quality and freshness available.

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    • 2 lbs norwegian salmon fillets (of optimum quality)
    • 1/4 cup salt (preferably sea salt)
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon white peppercorns, slightly crushed in a mortar
    • 1 bunch fresh dill, the stems

    Mustard sauce


    1. 1
      For the salmon, remove all bones with a pair of tweezers, but leave the skin on.
    2. 2
    3. 3
      Mash the dill stems in a mortar with a little of the salt.
    4. 4
      Mix with the rest of the salt, the sugar and pepper.
    5. 5
      Save the dill leaves for the sauce.
    6. 6
      Cover the flesh side of the fillets with the mixture, and place the fillets flesh-to-flesh in a tray made of glass or stainless steel.
    7. 7
      Cover with plastic foil and put a heavy weight on top (e. g. the mortar or a brick).
    8. 8
      Keep refrigerated for 72 hours, turning the fillets every 12 hours.
    9. 9
      Do not discard the liquid that forms.
    10. 10
      Scrape off the spices and discard the liquid.
    11. 11
      The salmon will keep refrigerated for about a week.
    12. 12
      For the sauce, mix mustard, sugar and vinegar.
    13. 13
      Add the oil a little at the time (as for mayonnaise), constantly stirring.
    14. 14
      Just before serving, add lots of dill and salt and pepper to taste.
    15. 15
      Slice the salmon with a sharp, flexible knife in big, thin slices parallell to the skin.
    16. 16
      Arrange the ice-cold salmon on lettuce leaves with slices of lemon.
    17. 17
      Serve the sauce separately.
    18. 18
      Also serve toasted bread and butter.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 21, 2004


      This is an excellent recipe. I had the same at home and when there was salmon on sale, I finally decided to try it. I was always wooried that it wouldn't turn out like the bought stuff and that I would waste aperfectly good salmon. Well the opposit was the case. It is very easy to do and with a sharp knife you will be able to slice it just as thin as if you bought it in a delicatessen. Besides it is much cheaper too. A good recipe for the holiday season, since it is impressive, but doesn't take up much of your time. I substituted the sugar in the sauce for honey, since it was closer to the taste I remember. After taking of the marinating spices I put some dill on top, so that a little remained on each slice. You can also serve it to small children, although you are risking to turn them into little gourmets ;)

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    • on December 25, 2009


      This was really really really good. even my husband, who doesn't really like salmon too much said I can prepare it this way in future. I only marinaded it for 36 hours, but even so, it was phenomenally good. Thank you for the recipe!

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    • on July 19, 2005


      Turned out perfect!Thanks Linda.

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    Nutritional Facts for Gravlax (marinated salmon)

    Serving Size: 1 (143 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 269.3
    Calories from Fat 137
    Total Fat 15.2 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 52.3 mg
    Sodium 3629.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 8.8 g
    Protein 23.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    white peppercorns

    fresh dill

    Swedish mustard

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