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Serves 6 | Prep Time 20 Minutes | Cook Time 0 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Very popular in New York and used a lot on bagels.

Ingredients You'll Need

4 pounds salmon fillet, preferably the thick belly section
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup kosher salt
2 teaspoons coarsely ground multi-color peppercorns
3 juniper berries
2 cups finely chopped fresh dill
Optional: Chili pepper flakes6


Gather the ingredients.

Step 1: Cut the salmon in half across the fillet into two halves.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix the sugar, salt, peppercorns, dill, and optional chili pepper flakes

Step 3: Place one half of the salmon, skin side down, onto a long sheet of plastic wrap. Cover the salmon (not the skin) with the sugar, salt, and pepper mix.

Step 4: Place the second fillet flesh side down on top to create a sandwich effect then wrap the fish pieces tightly in plastic wrap.

Step 5: Put the salmon into a shallow baking dish, make sure the fish stands higher than the sides of the pan. Place a baking tray on top of the salmon and weigh it down with a heavy object such as canned beans, rice bags, or heavy books to avoid passing on fish smells I suggest to wrap the heavy objects.

Step 6: Put the salmon into the refrigerator and leave it to cure for 1 week.

Step 7: When ready to serve, remove the wrap, pour away any liquid and wipe away most of the sugar, salt, and peppercorns, leaving a little on the edges for decoration. Slice the salmon and serve.

Pairs Well With

Bagel and Cream Cheese

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