Gravlox is a cold, cured salmon with Scandinavian origins. Gravlox literally means “buried salmon.” It is made by covering the salmon with sugar, salt, black pepper and other seasonings including dill or other fresh herbs. Once it is seasoned, the fish is wrapped in plastic wrap and placed under heavy weights in the refrigerator for up to four days. After four days, the seasonings are removed and the salmon is served after it is sliced very thin. Gravlox is a delightful fresh tasting way to eat salmon.
I medium salmon filet (a thin filet works best)
1/2 c kosher salt
1/2 c raw pure sugar
1 large bunch fresh dill chopped fine
¼ c mustard seeds
½ c vodka
Place a large sheet of plastic wrap in a large baking dish. Place the salmon skin side down in the baking dish so that the flesh is exposed. Brush or spoon the vodka over the fish and coat evenly. Next, sprinkle the dill and mustard seeds evenly over the fish, mix the sugar and salt together in a bowl and sprinkle mixture over the fish so that it is completely covered. Wrap the fish in the plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Place a heavy or weighted dish on top of the salmon in order to keep the fish flattened. Flip the salmon about twice a day and leave it in the refrigerator for two and a half to four days. Scrape the salt, dill and mustard mixture off of the salmon, slice thin and serve!