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Gravlax

Gravlax

Gravlax is a Nordic speciality and consists of boned salmon dry-cured overnight in salt and sugar.

The cured salmon can be eaten like smoked salmon, just with a trickle of lemon juice, or with a light sauce of cream cheese and herbs.

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Last modified on: July 11th 2016

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationStart to finish
12 hours 21 min.12 hours 21 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #1 Prepare a good fillet of salmon by removing the skin, any fat (brownish) and bones. Rinse under cold water and dry with absorbant paper.

Note: Do choose the thickest fillet you can, as this is the best bit.
Stage 2
2 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #2 Mix 200 g coarse salt and 150 g caster sugar together...
Stage 3
Gravlax : Photo of step #3 ...to which you can add other herbs and spices of your choice: pink berries, peppercorns, coriander seeds, etc.
Stage 4
2 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #4 Use a dish that just a little larger than the fish and spread a layer of the salt mixture in the bottom. Lay the fish fillet on top.
Stage 5
12 hours
Gravlax : Photo of step #5 Cover the fish with the remaining salt, then cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight.
Stage 6
3 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #6 Next day, scrape the salt off the top...
Stage 7
Gravlax : Photo of step #7 ...remove the fish, rinse well under cold running water, then dry.

Your gravlax is ready and will now keep for several days (in the fridge).
Stage 8
3 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #8 To make a light sauce, peel and finely chop 1 spring onion (scallion).

Chop a little fresh coriander.
Stage 9
2 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #9 Mix 200 g cream cheese with the chopped onion and coriander, salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Your sauce is ready.
Stage 10
4 min.
Gravlax : Photo of step #10 Serve the salmon sliced thinly with a little lemon juice or the light herb sauce.

Remarks

Traditionally, sprigs of fresh dill are added to the salt, but this is not essential.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 13.80 €
Per person : 3.45 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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