5 Fish and Shellfish

Salmon Gravlax

Salt and sugar are the real workers in this dish, but the spirit adds the needed moisture and a hint of spice that benefit the end result. Gravlax is most commonly used on bagels or toast for breakfast or brunch, but in salads and sauces, it is a flavorful addition to many dishes.

2 equal-size center-cut salmon fillets (about 3 pounds [1.4 kg] each), skin on, bones removed

1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

1 cup (300 g) coarse sea salt or kosher salt

2 tablespoons (12 g) cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons (12 g) cracked coriander seeds

1 tablespoon (6 g) cracked fennel seeds

¼ cup (60 ml) gin

½ large bunch fresh dill, stems and leaves, coarsely chopped

Spread plastic wrap on a large sheet pan. Lay the salmon ...

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