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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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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.
Mix 200 g coarse salt and 150 g caster sugar together...

Stage 3
Gravlax which you can add other herbs and spices of your choice: pink berries, peppercorns, coriander seeds, etc.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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
Cover the fish with the remaining salt, then cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight.

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

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

Chop a little fresh coriander.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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.
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.
Several days in the fridge.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,669 Kcal or 6,988 Kj139 gr168 gr51 gr
83 %53 %16 %8 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
141 Kcal or 590 Kj12 gr14 gr4 gr
7 %5 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
417 Kcal or 1,746 Kj35 gr42 gr13 gr
21 %13 %4 %2 %
% 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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Fish, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 13.80 €
  • Per person : 3.45 €

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