You can make your own lox at home. It takes some time, but the investment is well worth it. I prefer my lox without the smoke flavor. Try it once and see if you agree.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
2 days
total:
2 days
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse salmon with water; pat dry with paper towels.

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  • Mix salt and sugar together in a bowl. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap. Pour half of the salt mixture onto the plastic wrap; lay salmon on top. Cover salmon with remaining salt mixture.

  • Fold plastic wrap around salmon until secure; wrap a second layer of plastic wrap around salmon. Transfer to a 9x9-inch baking pan; cover with an 8x8-inch baking pan. Place a heavy object onto the smaller baking pan to weigh salmon down. Cure in the refrigerator until salmon's surface becomes silky, about 48 hours.

  • Combine water and ice in a bowl. Mix water and 3 drops liquid smoke together in a bowl. Place salmon into liquid smoke mixture to rinse. Submerge into ice bath for 30 minutes. Repeat rinsing and submerging 2 more times, adding 3 drops of liquid smoke to the rinse water each time.

  • Dry salmon with paper towels. Cut with a sharp knife staring from the thin edge of the salmon and cutting toward the thick edge.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 10.4g; carbohydrates 12.5g; fat 3g; cholesterol 24.3mg; sodium 5718.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2018
Your recipe is excellent. However, it’s Gravlax not Lox. ( Lox is either cold smoked or smoked not just smoke flavored). One point I would strongly suggest for any cured Salmon, DO NOT use farm raised only Wild Salmon should be cured for Gravlax. Try adding a liberal amount of fresh dill when curing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2018
Followed the recipe as directed but this came out really really salty. It was so salty is was not edible. Will try again but not sure how much salt I can safely take out to ensure it properly cures. Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2018
Your recipe is excellent. However, it’s Gravlax not Lox. ( Lox is either cold smoked or smoked not just smoke flavored). One point I would strongly suggest for any cured Salmon, DO NOT use farm raised only Wild Salmon should be cured for Gravlax. Try adding a liberal amount of fresh dill when curing. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2018
This recipe was not only easy but delicious. After letting it sit in my refrigerator for 48 hours wrapped tight with holes at one end to let out water, I rinsed it and dipped it into water with liquid smoke just once. My husband and I couldn’t get over how delicious it is. A definite must try !!!!!! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2017
this is great! super simple and tastes great! I did keep it in the salt and sugar mixture for a longer time (by accident) and the second time I made it I used a gallon ziplock bag instead of the wrap. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2018
I've been using this recipe for quite some time now and it just gets better with time! This time I added cracked pepper and dried dill and let cure for 3 days. The ideas for ingredients are limitless. This is excellent on bagels, open faced sandwiches to cold pasta salad. An inexpensive alternative from store bought lox or smoked salmon, and made exactly the way you like it. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2018
To umax: Generally if your lox is salty you probably used table salt rather than Kosher salt. Huge difference. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2018
Interesting but I'm wondering if you didn't like the smoke because it's artificial? Maybe try some real smoke? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2017
I added a half tablespoon of smoked salt and it came out perfect! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2018
So easy and so good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2020
Used this recipe without the liquid smoke. Came out delicious with saltines sliced red onion capers and cream cheese. Used non farm raised salmon.... fish taste came thru light and not overbearing. Easy to make and good for appetizer or bagel sandwich. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2018
Followed the recipe as directed but this came out really really salty. It was so salty is was not edible. Will try again but not sure how much salt I can safely take out to ensure it properly cures. Read More
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