Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Gravad lax is a nordic dish and means buried salmon in swedish. Before things like fridges existed, nordic people buried their salmon in ground with salt in order to preserve it longer time.

Do you want to know the secret?
This is an ideal dish.
It takes 10 minutes to prepare.
You basicly only need five ingredients.
Then you put it in the fridge for at least two days and it takes care of itself.
And you have time to take care of yourself.
The result is impressive.

fresh salmon fillet with skin on
4 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp salt
black pepper corns
handful of fresh chopped dill
zest of one lemon

In a bowl mix the seasalt, sugar and black pepper corns.
Cut the salmon into two equal size pieces
Check for any fish bones.
Rub the salt&sugar mix into the fish. Add the dill and lemonzest on the top of one salmon piece.
Then lay the other piece of salmon on top of it, skin side up.
Cover with a piece of aluminum foil or use a zip-lock bag.
Refrigerate at least 2 days.
After a day turn the fish.
When ready scrape off the dill pieces and remove liquide.
Add new fresh dill.
To serve, slice thinly.

I will share this recipe on Hearth & Soul Tuesday Blog Hop

 Hearth & Soul Hop

Serve with knäckebrot or boiled potatoes.


  1. I'd eaten a pre-packaged :D version of this a long time ago but I'll bet that's nothing compare to your homemade deliciousness ;)

  2. Anne, you are right, homemade is always the best :P

  3. Thanks for sharing the secret!!! Sounds simple but really impressive!

  4. Interesting, for us in Asia, we salt and wind dry fishes... they become hard and dry in the process and very often required to be softened by soaking or steaming. This looks just like... smoked salmon... Must be good with a on a piece of blinis or crusty bread...

  5. @Anna - It is really simple. Try it :)
    @Shirley - It is really good on blinis. I have tried.
    @Christine - Salmon is the best ;). You can do a lot of things with salmon and usually it turnes out really good...without doing a lot ;)

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  7. My girlfriend would love this -- she hates to cook, but she loves fresh fish, so this is perfect for her. So easy! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

    1. Thanks Judy. Seems like a perfect dish for your girlfriend :)

  8. I really enjoyed reading your recipe for Gravad Lax. It's incredibly popular here in England, but I have never made it from scratch. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    1. Thank you April. I had no idea it is so popular in England.