‘Gravad-lax’ means ‘buried Salmon’ and refers to the ancient practice of wrapping salted fish in bark and burying it in the cold Scandinavian soil to preserve it through winter. Modern recipes often add a splash of spirits to the traditional cure of salt, sugar, white pepper and dill.
1 small sashimi-grade Salmon, filleted, skin off, bones removed
2 tablespoons chopped dill
Pumpernickel bread, to serve
⅓ cup castor sugar
⅓ cup salt flakes
1 tablespoon freshly ground white peppercorns
⅓ cup finely chopped dill
Sweet Mustard & Dill Sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sweet mustard
1 tablespoon castor sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
100ml vegetable oil
¼ cup finely chopped dill
Make Curing Mixture: combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Make Sweet Mustard & Dill Sauce: combine mustards, castor sugar and vinegar. Slowly whisk in vegetable oil until you achieve a mayonnaise-like consistency, then stir in dill. Refrigerate until needed.
Trim off and discard Salmon belly flaps and remove any remaining pin bones with fish tweezers. Put a large sheet of plastic wrap on a clean work surface. Dry fish well with paper towel and place fillets on plastic wrap, skin side down.
Press half the curing mixture onto the flesh side of each fillet. Place one fillet on top of the other matching head to head, so the flesh sides are touching. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Put in a shallow baking tray and weight with a board topped by tins. Refrigerate for 36-48 hours, turning every 12 hours and draining off any liquid that seeps out.
Gently scrape or brush off curing mix, pat dry with paper towel. Press fresh dill onto flesh.
Serve thinly sliced with pumpernickel bread and Sweet Mustard & Dill Sauce.
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