This Finnish Salted Salmon Recipe (Gravlox/Graavilohi) is extremely popular in Finland and in all parts of Scandinavia. Known for their nearness and love of the sea, the Finns eat more seafood than most of the world. Salmon is one of the major staples of their diet, typically being eaten more than twice each week. Salmon is particularly popular in stews, and on sandwiches which workers take with them each day. This recipe for salted salmon, is typically served in curled coils of fish, with sour cream, and on top of a piece of thinly sliced Dark Rye Bread. What gives this dish extra flavor is the use of dill, a fairly pungent aroma.
During our moving adventures to the west coast, we had shipped a box of spices. The box included almost 40 different bottles of spices. We had packaged them fairly well, but unfortunately a bottle of dill broke all over the package. To get an idea of how aromatic dill is, try having to clean up dill from your hands and counter top in large piles! The smell of dill was on my hands all day!
Dill is only good in relatively small quantities, and it does a fine job at flavoring this Graavlohi.
- Combine sugar and salt in a small mixing bowl.
- Slice salmon in half (sandwich size), and sprinkle it with the sugar and salt mixture.
- Sprinkle with dill weed.
- Place salmon into a shallow 13 X 9 glass dish, top with plastic wrap. Weigh down the fish using another glass pan, or canned items, so that it will be flattened out.
- Refrigerate for 2 days. After 2 days, remove and drain off salt and sugar.
- Slice Salmon into thin diagonal slices.
- Garnish each slice with fresh dill.
- Serve on top of dark rye bread with sour cream.
This Salted Salmon Recipe (Graavilohi) is very tasty! The perfect hors d'oeuvres dish for a party or gathering.
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