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I'm making gravlax and the recipe calls for white peppercorns. I only have black peppercorns and ground white pepper. Can I use either one?


asked by Danee over 1 year ago
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Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 1 year ago

I'd use the whole black peppercorns rather than ground white pepper. Many gravalax recipes use black


June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 1 year ago

The first time I make a recipe, I make sure I have everything the way the author calls for... Otherwise there is no way to know if you've gotten it right. After the first foray into a recipe, all bets are off. If this is your first time making gravlax, I'd go out and get some white peppercorns. Frankly their flavor profile is completely different from black. and there are more than one kind of black pepper.


amysarah is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

I'd say if you'd like to have a bottle of white peppercorns around, go for it. Might come in handy. If not, I can tell you that I've made gravlax many times with black ones. Different flavor, but still very good.

added over 1 year ago

Another vote for staying away from the ground white pepper. I too hAV made gravlax with black peppercorns

added over 1 year ago

White pepper is very different in flavor so play with a small batch if you can to test