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There are 2 things about this recipe that are perfect for me! First, I have been trying to learn more about Danish cooking. Second, I love salmon!
In my search for Danish recipes, I came across this website, International Cuisine. Of all the recipes that I found to make cured salmon, this one was by far the most simple and it worked fantastically! So, I am referring you to that website for the recipe and just sharing a bit about what I learned as I made Gravlax, or Cured Salmon for the first time.
I lined a glass baking dish with the plastic wrap that I was going to used to wrap the salmon, then I placed the salmon skin side down on it. Next, I rubbed on the salt and sugar curing mixture and then placed on some fresh dill sprigs. Now, most of the other recipes I had read also used a bit of wine or cider vinegar or mustard in their recipes. This recipe doesn't call for any of that, so it made me nervous. So, I poured about 1/2 a cup of cider vinegar around the edge of the salmon. I don't know if it did anything. I couldn't taste it later on, so you don't have to use it. After I had done it I worried that I shouldn't have, but everything came out great in the end.
Finally, wrap the plastic wrap tightly around your salmon and put the whole thing into the refrigerator for 3 DAYS! That made me really nervous because I didn't want it to go bad. But, all of the recipes required at least 3 days to cure the fish, so I crossed my fingers and did it. I wondered if I would be brave enough to eat it when it finally was all done.
After 3 days, I pulled the salmon out of the refrigerator. There was liquid in the pan that leaks out during the curing process. I drained that off, removed the dill and threw that away and rinsed off all of the salt and sugar mixture. I was pleased to see that the salmon was darker in color and looked just like cured smoked salmon that I have purchased in the store. Except mine wasn't smoked. Now for the moment of truth! Tasting it!
The recipe says to slice it horizontally into thin strips. I struggled with that. It was hard to get a pretty thin slice, but that may have been my knife. I did get a few good slices. Of course, I tasted the very first slice. It was fabulous! This salmon is so flavorful and sweet! I was thrilled with the result.
Since many of the recipes called for mustard. I first served mine on a sprouted wheat roll with a layer of mustard and the salmon on top. I was trying to get that smorgasbord feel.
Later, I boiled some eggs and served a light supper with sprouted wheat toast, slices of eggs topped with gravlax. It was so tasty! My husband loved it, too! I felt so in touch with my Danish roots! I can't wait to try another Danish recipe very soon! Let me know if you give this one a try!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!