Gin-Cured Gravlax Gin-Cured Gravlax

Author: Canadian Living

Gravlax, or cured salmon, is simple and economical but requires a bit of planning. This elegant Scandinavian specialty is a fine appetizer with crisp breads and honey mustard. Or use it in a summer party hors d'oeuvre as in Gravlax Roll-Ups.

  • Portion size 50 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: August 2006


  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 centre cut salmon fillets 1 inch thick (1 lb/500 g each), skin on
  • 1/4 cup gin


Three days before serving, place peppercorns and coriander seeds in heavy-duty plastic bag; coarsely crush with bottom of heavy pan. Mix with sugar and salt. Set aside.

Cut two 20-inch (50 cm) long sheets of plastic wrap; place 1 on other crosswise at centre. In centre, spread half of the dill in 14- x 7-inch (35 x 18 cm) rectangle; place fillets on dill, side by side and skin down. Press salt mixture evenly onto flesh. Drizzle evenly with gin; sprinkle with remaining dill. Invert 1 fillet onto other so flesh meets. Wrap tightly in the plastic wrap; place in glass baking dish.

Place small cutting board or plate on package; weigh down with cans or foil-wrapped brick. Refrigerate for 3 days, turning fish daily. (Fish will be slightly darker.)

Unwrap fish; discard accumulated liquid. Using paper towel, brush off most of the dill. (Make-ahead: Wrap in clean plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Slice thinly on 45-degree angle without cutting through skin; discard skin.

Nutritional facts <b>Per piece:</b> about

  • Sodium 356 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 34.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Saturated fat trace
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g


  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Gin-Cured Gravlax