Gravlaxsosa (The Real Deal)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

*This recipe is a personal treasure* ! The literal translation of the Icelandic word *Gravlaxsosa* is "smoked (or pickled) salmon sauce", but its versatility widens its use horizons. When I 1st came to Iceland & tasted this, I was in love for a lifetime. I've always bought it in commercially prepared jars, but only just recently acquired the recipe for it. I promise you will adore this easy-fix taste sensation! (Time does not include overnight refrigeration)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 3 cup or larger bowl, whisk the 1st 8 ingredients to combine.
  2. Gradually add olive oil in a stream & whisk to combine well. Add salt & pepper to taste & refrigerate for 24 hrs to allow flavors to blend.
  3. NOTE: I use a wide-mouth jar w/screw-on lid + my immersion blender to make & store this in a single step.
  4. TO SERVE: Simplicity is the most-favored presentation - as a bruschetta-type appy where 1/2-in slices of baguette bread are spread w/cream cheese, topped w/very thinly sliced smoked salmon & then this sauce is spread over the salmon slices. A few tiny capers can be centered as an opt garnish.
  5. HINT: For never fail perfect slicing of smoked salmon, freeze the salmon to a near frozen state & use your sharpest knife to shave slices of desired thickness.
Most Helpful

Yummy, what a great sauce. Loved it with salmon and cream cheese and will be looking for other ways to use it. Thanks! Made for ZWT 2013.

Sharon123 August 05, 2013

Delicious and utterly addictive! I absolutely love smoked salmon and this sweet sauce was different from anything I've ever paired it with before. I will be enjoying this one again and again! Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Made for ZWT 6 :)

noway June 07, 2010

You were right, absolutely a wonderful tasting sauce, that I didn't even want to put it on, just eat it straight!! :) (with a spoon). I made this yesterday, and I am surprised there is any left for my smoked salmon. There is just absolutely nothing I would change and didn't. Thanks for such a traditional taste of Iceland! Made for ZWT6.

Andi of Longmeadow Farm June 07, 2010