When I tasted this for the first time, I asked my Canadian sister-in- law
The recipe is utterly simple to make. You just have to remember to turn the seasoned salmon at the beginning and end of each day.
One year I made this graavlax for my New York family’s Thanksgiving. It disappeared from the plate within five minutes of having been set on the coffee table, but afterward I was accused of not doing my part because everyone thought that instead of cooking something from scratch I had “gone out and bought expensive lox.” So if the idea is impressing the relatives—don’t make this recipe.
|center-cut King or Norwegian salmon, cut into 2 fillets, boned||•|
|white peppercorns, coarsely cracked|
|Sweet Mustard Dill Sauce|
|light brown sugar|
|chopped fresh dill (reserved from salmon)|
*If using Morton’s kosher salt or table salt, use
Use tweezers or needle nose pliers to remove any small bones from the salmon.
Place one piece of the salmon, skin side down, in a shallow glass, stainless steel, or ceramic container so that it lies perfectly flat. Mix the sugar, salt and peppercorns together. Sprinkle three quarters of the dill and three quarters of the seasoning mixture on the salmon. Cover with the remaining piece of salmon, skin side up, and sprinkle the remaining seasoning mixture and dill over the top. Cover the salmon tightly with plastic wrap (preferably Saran brand) and then with heavy-duty foil and weight with a plate and weights. The more the salmon is compacted, the more velvety the texture of the flesh and the easier it will be to slice. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days, turning every 12 hours. (Do not pour off the liquid that accumulates.)
Drain the salmon, scrape off the seasoning mixture and pat the salmon dry with paper towels.
To serve, place each piece of salmon skin side down on a cutting board. With a long, thin knife (the ideal knife is hollow ground), slice on the bias as thinly as possible. Freezing the salmon for 10 minutes also helps the slicing process.
In a small saucepan, place the brown sugar and the Dijon mustard and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is smooth. Add the
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