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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

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Keeping: Several days in the fridge.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Cover the fish with the remaining salt, then cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Next day, scrape the salt off the top...

Stage 7
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...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.
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To make a light sauce, peel and finely chop 1 spring onion (scallion).

Chop a little fresh coriander.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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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.
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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.

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% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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