Monday, March 19, 2012

Freshly Salted Salmon

This recipe offers a simple and delicious way of incorporating fish into your diet.  Salmon is rich in protein, vitamin D and omega-3 oils that are so good for us. This preparation method takes only 5 minutes and the fish is ready to eat in 24 hours. Salted salmon is great for parties as it makes colorful, mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres. You can use this recipe not only for special occasions. I add it to a salad instead of chicken or meat for a tasty and healthy lunch or I mix it with cream cheese in a blender to create a rich breakfast spread.  Although salmon is expensive, I still believe a good quality fillet is worth buying because of endless possibilities of dishes you can make with this tasty fish.  

1 lb good quality and scaled salmon fillet with skin
1.5 tbsp sugar
1.5 tbsp kosher salt

Wash the fillet in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Mix salt and sugar in a glass pan big enough to fit the fillet. If you want your salmon to be on the saltier side, add 0.5 tbsp less sugar than the recipe calls for.
Put the fillet in the pan skin side up first so the top is covered in mixture and then turn it skin side down and cover the pan with plastic. Flip the fillet over in 12-14 hours. 12 hours later (24 hours total) the fish is ready to be served. Skin the fillet. Cut it in thin slices or cubes depending on appetizers you are planning to make.  Your salmon will stay fresh for up to 1 week if refrigerated.

  • To make the fillet smell “less fishy”, you can put a small bunch of dill on top of it while it’s in the process of salting. Discard the dill afterwards.
  • To make it smell a little citrus-y, you can pour ½ cup of orange juice into the pan.

Easy to make and incredibly delicious canapés!

black bread - pumpernickel, whole wheat or your favorite kind
spread - unsalted butter, cream cheese, horseradish
freshly salted salmon

Cut the bread in cocktail-sized slices. Put a thin layer of the spread over the bread slices. Place a slice of salmon on top. Garnish with dill.


  1. Looks yummy and thank you for the recipe!

    1. Alela, it is yummy:) One of my favorite ways to eat fish!