Gravlax

01/01/2014

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One of my favorite DIY recipes is Gravlax.  It is so easy to make!  Five ingredients and three days will yield a moist, delicious and impressive appetizer.
Gravlax comes from gravid lax, which means “buried salmon” in Swedish.  When I first heard the word I thought it was the same as lox (smoked salmon that you place on top of bagels).  But it’s better!  The fact that it is not smoked or cooked, and the addition of fresh dill gives this dish a clean and delicate taste.
Gravlax
1/3 C packed brown sugar
¼ C  Diamond Crystal kosher salt
1 1-pound skin-on salmon filet
3 tablespoons brandy
1 C coarsely chopped fresh dill
 
1.        Combine sugar and salt.  Place salmon, skin side down, in a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish.  Pour brandy over salmon, making sure to cover entire surface. Rub salmon evenly with salt-sugar mixture, pressing firmly on mixture.  Cover with dill, pressing firmly.
2.       Cover salmon loosely with plastic wrap, top with square baking dish or pie plate, and weight with several large heavy cans.  Refrigerate until salmon feels firm, about 3 days, basting salmon with liquid released into baking dish once a day.
3.       Scrape dill off salmon.  Remove fillet from dish and pat dry with paper towels before slicing. Gravlax can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 1 week.  It should be left whole and sliced just before serving.
 
Slice the salmon as thin as possible and against the grain for a more tender and buttery texture.  Serve on toasted rye bread with some cream cheese, or plain crackers and Swiss cheese on the side. 
 


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08/09/2017 4:25am

Red meat is healhty food and it gives the rd cells of body. This recipe is nice and i also try in home for my family. Mostly peoples make it with different ways according to the desires.

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I’ve tried to make this recipe a couple of times already. My husband really enjoys it every time and I prepare it for dinner. I follow everything here in your recipe but I repack the fish fillets that I don’t use together with the other ingredients. What I would recommend using is King since it is not too lean and just perfect for a Gravlax. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, I’ve shared it with my friends as well and they enjoyed it!

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08/19/2017 3:53am

I will keep this in my mind! And cook one day!

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09/14/2017 1:43pm

This recipe is pretty cool indeed. It will be nice for me to try it. I will try not to mess it up.

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