Gravlax Salmon Recipe

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This is one of those foods that I was very hesitant to try when I was younger, and I absolutely love it now! If you haven’t had gravlax before, the basic idea is that you are curing raw, wild caught salmon in salt, sugar, and spices. It. Is. Delicious.

I tried a lot of recipes to figure out how to make this (because it is $7 per 4 ounces to buy!!) and finally found one that works well. Gravlax has become my new favorite food! The recipe below is a slight adjustment from the other ones I tried, and I think it’s an improvement.

If you haven’t tried gravlax before, I highly recommend making this recipe. It is absolutely wonderful by itself, or on cucumber slices, or with cream cheese, or many other ways!

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Gravlax Salmon Recipe

A raw salmon preserved with sugar and salt for a delicious appetizer or meal.
Course Seafood
Cuisine Scandinavian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 days 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 193kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • Cut the salmon filet in half into two equal size pieces.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and salt evenly over the flesh side of both filet pieces making sure you coat well.
  • Sprinkle half of the dill evenly on ONE piece of the salmon.
  • Place the lime slices on top of the dill on that piece.
  • Sprinkle the other half of the dill on top of the limes, making sure they are covered.
  • Carefully, place the second piece of salmon on top of the first one.
  • Wrap very tightly in plastic wrap and place carefully in a Ziploc bag
  • Put the bag in a baking dish or plate with high sides and place in the refrigerator.
  • Flip over every 12 hours or so.
  • Wait 2 days (and no more than 3!!).
  • To serve scrape off the excess dill and limes and slice thinly with a sharp filet knife to remove from the skin.
  • Enjoy!


Delicious served on cucumber slices or with cream cheese. Enjoy within a couple days of finishing.  


Serving: 65grams | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 19.3g | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 683mg | Sugar: 1.8g

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