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Marinated Salmon

Updated February 23, 2016
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Marinated in the Scandinavian fashion, serve this as a brunch dish, or with vodka cocktails.

Good with dark rye or whole wheat bread.

Prepare ahead:

The salmon must be marinated for at least 1 and up to 2 days before serving.

8 servings

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 mins, plus chilling

Cooking Methodcuring

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timea day or more

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Recipe Coursecold appetizer

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, tree nut free

Mealbrunch, dinner

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets with skin, 5oz (140g)
  • 3 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp coarsely crushed black peppercorns
  • 3 tbsp aquavit or vodka
  • 4 tbsp chopped dill
  • Lemon wedges, to garnish
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill

Instructions

Score each fillet with several diagonal shallow cuts on the skin side, about 1/8 in (3mm) deep.

Combine the salt, sugar, and peppercorns. Sprinkle a quarter of the mixture on the bottom of a shallow nonmetallic dish. Place one fillet, skin-side down, in the dish and sprinkle with half the aquavit and another quarter of the salt mixture. Spread 2 tbsp of the dill in an even layer over the fillet.

Sprinkle the flesh side of the second fillet with another quarter of the dry mixture. Place it, skin-side up, on top of the first fillet. Rub the remaining salt-and-sugar mixture over the skin and sprinkle with the remaining aquavit.

Cover the salmon with a sheet of wax paper. Top with a large flat plate or cutting board, and weigh it down with cans of food. Refrigerate for 24 hours, checking the salmon every 6 hours and draining off accumulated liquid from the dish. Turn the salmon over and refrigerate for another 24 hours, turning and weighing the salmon every 6 hours or so.

To make the mustard sauce, thoroughly whisk the mustard, oil, sugar, vinegar, sour cream, and salt in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Just before serving, add the dill.

To serve, scrape the seasonings and dill from the salmon. Place the salmon, skin-side down, on a cutting board. Slice the fish thinly on the slant, away from the skin. Sprinkle with the remaining dill. Serve with the mustard sauce and lemon wedges.

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