Barney's King Salmon Gravlax

Developed this king salmon gravlax over years of trial and error. Sometimes simple is just better. Reliable, repeatable results every time. Honey-mustard-dill sauce makes a nice accompaniment.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 12 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 12 hrs 15 mins
2 1-pound fillets


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • ¾ cup kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons cracked white peppercorns

  • 2 (1 pound) salmon fillets, bones removed

  • 1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped


  1. Combine sugar, salt, and peppercorns in a bowl and mix well. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the mixture over the bottom of a glass baking dish. Place 1 salmon fillet on top, skin-side down. Sprinkle 1/2 the dill on top. Cover with another 1/3 of the sugar mixture. Sprinkle remaining dill on the second fillet and place skin-side up on top of the first fillet. Cover with remaining sugar mixture.

  2. Wrap baking dish tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 18 hours. Turn fillets over and spoon the syrupy liquid over fish before covering again with plastic wrap. Refrigerate another 18 hours.

  3. Rinse fillets lightly in cold water to remove salt. Pat dry. Slice fish thinly at an angle.

Cook's Note:

Unlike most recipes for gravlax, do not weigh down fillets with bricks or heavy objects. Compression of the flesh while curing causes a tough, chewy, jerky- like product. Yours should have a soft mouthfeel and be much more palatable. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
10g Fat
23g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 6893mg 300%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 381mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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