Cured Salmon - Gravlax

Cured Salmon – Gravlax

Gravlax is cured salmon using salt, sugar and dill. As we are making a homemade version rootsandcook style, I will skip the sugar.

Cured Salmon - Gravlax

If you have never done it before you will see how easy it is to cure salmon at home. Nothing can beat a good homemade cured salmon. You can enjoy them for an amazing weekend breakfast or to have a great start of the week.

I have to admit I was not a big fall of dill when I was young but I do love it now to make Gravlax. So you can easily skip it if you do not like it.

Cured Salmon - Gravlax

I love adding one first layer of smoked salt to give a little smoked flavour to the salmon. I use Maldon Smoked Sea Salt as it is the only one I could find here but you can use any other smoked salt.

Cured Salmon - Gravlax
Maldon Smoked Sea Salt

Ready to make amazing homemade cured salmon – Gravlax?

Cured Salmon - Gravlax
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Cured Salmon – Gravlax

Recipe by Enara ParraCourse: AppetizersCuisine: NordicDifficulty: Easy


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  • 300 g salmon, bones removed and skin on

  • 750 g coarse salt

  • 50 g smoked salt

  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped


  • Step 1- Place ⅙ of the coarse salt on a rectangular container.
  • Step 2- Place the salmon on the salt, skin side down.
  • Step 3- Top the salmon with the chopped dill.
  • Step 4- Add 1 layer of the smoked salt.
  • Step 5- Cover fully with the rest of the coarse salt.
  • Top with something flat and heavy.
  • Step 6- My method: Fill a smaller rectangular container with water, close it and place it over the salt. You can use tomato cans or any other heavy element in your kitchen.
    Wrap with cling wrap or place it inside a zipper bag.
  • Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • Remove the salmon from the salt. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Slice thinly on an angle with a sharp and large knife. Do not cut through skin.


  • Curing time: You can refrigerate for 48 hours to get a hard cure.
  • Store: If you are not going to eat all at ones, you can store it in the refrigerator up to 3 days in an airtight container.

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