Salmon Trilogy (Part II): Gravad Salmon

READY IN: 72hrs 25mins
Recipe by Thorsten

Gravad salmon, easy to make, good for guests and can be stored in the fridge for several days. It is deliciously salty. Serve it with Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing. Its sweetness goes well with the flavor of the fish. Serve the salmon at room temperature with bread and some dry white wine.

Top Review by ToiCara

We went to a Christmas party hosted by our German friends years ago and had this and I have looked ever since for the recipe. This is so easy and good (like homemade sushi ;) This is great to make up a few days before you have a party to go to. Also great on bagels with some cream cheese and capers. LOVELOVELOVE THIS!! Thanks for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the fish, pat dry with paper towels. Be sure that there are no pin bones left.
  2. Drizzle the lemon juice over the filet.
  3. Cut the salmon filet in half. Put one half on a platter.
  4. Mix together salt, sugar, pepper and dill.
  5. Distribute this mixture evenly over the fish on the platter.
  6. Place the second piece of salmon on top of it and press together slightly similar to a sandwich.
  7. Put the 'salmon sandwich' into a zip lock bag and try to remove as much air as possible before closing the bag.
  8. Place the fish in the fridge with the opening of the bag upside to avoid leakage.
  9. Put pressure on the salmon to weigh it down with some suitable heavy weights.
  10. Marinate the gravad salmon in the fridge for at least 24 hours (if you can not wait), turning it from time to time.
  11. Keep in the marinade for 3 days for best results. But it can be stored in the fridge for several days longer, if you seal the bag carefully.
  12. Serving: Take out as much salmon as required and remove as much marinade as possible by using paper towels. Cut the filet into (thin) slices. Serve when salmon has reached room temperature.
  13. Meanwhile you can prepare the Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing (#127650). Serve salmon and dressing separately.
  14. NOTE: Puritanists will serve gravad salmon on bread with nothing else.
  15. NOTE: This is the second part of my Salmon Trilogy (Part I: #127652).

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