Gravlax is one of the easiest preserves in the world to make. Season the fish, cover it in salt and something sweet, and wait for a few days before rinsing well. This recipe elevates it further with a soak in a bath of oil.
You can replace the maple syrup with honey or add black peppercorns to the cure.
Coat salmon in maple syrup before scattering mustard and salt on all sides. Press dried ingredients into fish to coat.
Mix together lemon juice and zest, shallots, bay leaves, and dill to make a cure. Place salmon in snug, thoroughly cleaned container and pour cure over salmon. Seal container tightly, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Thoroughly rinse fish under running water and discard any liquid. Clean container and return fish to it. Cover fish with olive oil, seal container tightly, and refrigerate for another 24 hours.
To serve, cut into thin slices. As your knife nears the skin (which will be thick from curing), turn it away from you to remove skin.
Serve with bagels and cream cheese, or create a wonderful sandwich with aioli. You can also make a salad by chopping some gravlax and mixing it with diced fresh English cucumbers (with the seeds removed), dill, salt, Spanish onions, and a touch of crème fraîche.
This recipe is part of the Why Preserve? collection.
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