Salmon gravadlax

Salmon gravadlax

By
From
Slow
Serves
8-10
Photographer
Tara Fisher

The word gravadlax (or gravlax) is thought to come from the Swedish word ‘grav’, meaning grave. ‘Lax’ means salmon, so all together it means buried salmon. It was a method of preservation that fishermen used to do by salting the salmon and burying it under the sand. Times have moved on, so there’s no need to get out your bucket and spade – you just need time to let the sugar and salt do their work. Once you’ve made it the first time you’ll soon realize how easy it is to prepare.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 vanilla pods
250g flaky sea salt
150g caster sugar
2 x 900g thick salmon fillets, skin on, scaled and pin bones removed
2 large bunches fresh dill
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 handfuls watercress leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  1. Slit the vanilla pods in half lengthways, scrape out the seeds and cut the pods into pieces. Put the salt, sugar, vanilla seeds and pods in a food processor and blitz for 30 seconds. Find a large, shallow, rectangular dish or roasting tin big enough for the salmon to lie flat and line it with clingfilm, leaving plenty hanging over the sides.
  2. Sprinkle a third of the curing mixture over the bottom of the dish and spread it over the base. Put one of the salmon fillets on top, skin-side down. Sprinkle another third of the curing mixture and place the other fillet on top, skin-side up, on top. Sprinkle the remaining curing mixture on top and fold the clingfilm over them. Place in the fridge for 6 hours.
  3. Finely chop the dill. Rinse the curing mixture off the salmon with cold water and pat it dry with kitchen paper. Spread the mustard over the flesh side of the salmon, then sprinkle it with dill. Cover it very tightly with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Remove the gravadlax from the clingfilm and slice into thin slices. Drizzle the watercress leaves with the oil and serve alongside the gravadlax.
Tags:
James Martin
Saturday Kitchen
slow cooking
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