Jamie Oliver

Super-quick salmon gravadlax

With horseradish sauce & beautiful beets

Super-quick salmon gravadlax

Serves 4
Cooks In30 minutes plus curing time
DifficultySuper easy
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  • 1 heaped tablespoon dark soft brown sugar
  • 25ml vodka
  • sea salt
  • ½ an orange , zest from
  • 2 lemons
  • a bunch of fresh dill
  • 2 x 150 g salmon fillets , pinboned, skin on
  • 4 tablespoons soured cream
  • 1½ teaspoons jarred grated horseradish
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 x 250 g vacuum pack of beetroots
  • balsamic vinegar
  • To serve:
  • 1 punnet of cress
  • 1 loaf of rye bread
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  1. Place the sugar, vodka, 3 heaped tablespoons of salt, the orange zest and the zest from 1 lemon into a bowl. Pick the dill leaves and reserve in a bowl of cold water in the fridge, then finely chop the stalks and stir into the mixture so well combined. Pop the salmon fillets into the bowl, turning them over in the marinade until well coated, then cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 5 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, make the horseradish sauce. Add the soured cream, grated horseradish and the juice from ½ a lemon to a small bowl. Mix well, season with a pinch of salt and add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, then place in the fridge until needed.
  3. Add the beetroot (including the juices) to a bowl with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Season well with salt, then mash with a fork to a rough paste. Have a taste and add a splash more vinegar if you think it needs it, then set aside until needed.
  4. After around 5 hours, remove the salmon from the bowl, then wipe off and discard any excess salt. Drain and finely chop the reserved dill leaves and rub all over the salmon. If you’re not serving straight away, sandwich the salmon together, with the skin-side outside and wrap in cling film, then return to the fridge, until needed.
  5. To serve, remove the cling film and peel away the salmon skin, then transfer to a board and finely slice. Snip over the cress, then serve alongside the horseradish sauce, balsamic beets, rye bread and lemon wedges for squeezing over. I sometimes like to serve it with a shot of vodka on the side too. Enjoy!


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