Scandinavian Cured and Grilled Salmon

21 Feb

Cured salmon is a traditional Scandinavian way to prepare salmon. Typically cured salmon is not grilled. I am happy that my family enjoys cured salmon, but when I grilled the cured salmon this past Christmas, they really liked it. The best thing about this recipe is that it is easy. Start curing the salmon up to three days before you want to serve it.

For this recipe you use Akvavit, Scandinavian liquor. Akvavit gets its distinctive flavor from spices  and herbs, and the main spice should  be caraway or dill.

  • 3 tbs Akvavit or Aquavit
  • 2 1/2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1-2 pound salmon fillet with skin
  • vegetable or olive oil

Mix the first five ingredients together in a small bowl. Rub the salmon with the mix. Place the salmon in a zip log bag and refrigerate up to 36 hours.                                           Heat the grill.  Rub the salmon skin with oil. Grill the fish, skin side down over medium high heat for 10 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

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