Lightly cured salmon from Scandinavia, gravlax are easy to make at home yet never fail to impress guests. Stunning as an hors d'oeuvre for parties, especially special occasions such as New Year's Eve. Takes three days to prepare, so plan ahead!
Curing salmon couldn't be easier! I used wild sockeye salmon, salt, sugar, dill, black pepper and grapefruit infused gin. The gin can be replace with vodka or aquavit, or omitted, but it does add a citrusy, piney depth to the fish flavor.
This is a great food preservation 101 post on curing salmon in salt to create glorious Gravlax. Pirate Jeni shares the process, the history of gravlax, & instructions to make your own aquavit (a Scandinavian flavored spirit caraway/lemon/dill).