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Author Notes: Gravlax, which literally translates to "buried salmon", was traditionally made by salting salmon and burying it in a hole dug at the ocean’s edge, just above the high tide line. Today, gravlax is one of Scandinavia's most distinctive dishes- our spice blend of freshly ground caraway, coriander and white peppercorns add layers of flavor to the cure. We love serving this as an appetizer or as a main course with lavash or pumpernickel bread. —RawSpiceBar
Serves 9rawspicebar's gravlax spices
- 1 piece RawSpiceBar's Gravlax Spices
- 2 pounds skin-on, sushi-grade salmon fillet
- 8 tablespoons kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 pieces bunches dill
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dill
- 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
- Fill a large bowl with cold water and 4 tbsp salt. Add salmon and let stand 10 minutes.
- In a skillet, toast RawSpiceBar's Gravlax Spices, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- In a small bowl, stir together salt, sugar & RawSpiceBar's Gravlax Spices until thoroughly combined.
- Remove salmon and pat dry with paper towels. Turn salmon skin side up and sprinkle about half of spice mixture, rubbing in with fingers.
- Arrange half the dill all over the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold salmon. Set salmon skin side down on bed of dill. Rub remaining spice mixture on top and top with remaining dill. Cover with plastic and top with a weight. Refrigerate for 1 day.
- Unpack salmon and turn skin-side up. Re-pack with dill, cover with plastic and set weight back on top. Refrigerate until salmon is cured, 1 day longer for a lighter cure and 2 days longer for slightly more cure.
- For the dill sauce: in a blender, combine vinegar with dill, mustard, and sugar and blend until dill is very finely chopped. Add oil and blend until a smooth sauce is formed. Season with salt and pepper.
- Unpack salmon, removing dill, and set on a work surface. Using a very sharp slicing knife, cut gravlax on the bias into thin slices. Arrange on slices of pumpernickel bread and drizzle sauce on top. Serve.