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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 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.


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

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1679138 gr168 gr51 gr
84 %53 %16 %8 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
14212 gr14 gr4 gr
7 %4 %1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
41934 gr41 gr12 gr
21 %13 %4 %2 %
% 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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