Skip to main content

Fish Recipe Tequila Cured Gravlax

Fish Recipe Tequila Cured Gravlax
Print Recipe

Wonderful Alternative To Smoked Salmon and Steelhead

by Chef Lucia Watson*

Gravlax is a salt and sugar-cured delicacy found throughout Scandinavia, where it is the custom to start the morning with thinly shaved pieces heaped on a plate and served with small shots of Aquavit. This recipe uses brown sugar with lime and tequila for a fresh clean flavor. Thinly slice the salmon (or steelhead trout) and use for appetizers on crackers spread with cream cheese or sour cream, in scrambled eggs or omelettes, on toast, in sandwiches and, of course, as part of a lovely buffet.


1- to 2-pound side of salmon, skinned and boned


3 generous tbsp. chopped fresh dill

3 generous tbsp. chopped shallots or white part of scallion

3 generous tbsp. chopped parsley

chopped zest of 3 limes




Combine ingredients. Lay the salmon on a cookie sheet covered with Saran Wrap. Sprinkle the ingredients equally on both sides of the salmon.

Next, combine . . .

juice of 3 limes


2 c. brown sugar

3 c. kosher salt

3/4 c. tequila

Pack this mixture on both sides of the salmon. Now cover the top of the salmon with wax paper. Place a cookie sheet atop the wax paper, weigh down with cans or heavy objects, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Drain off liquid and gently flip both cookie sheets so the salmon is reversed. Weight down again and refrigerate another 24 hours.

The salmon should feel firm — almost stiff. (For extra-thick salmon or if it doesn't feel firm and stiff, cure with weights another 24 to 48 hours.) Quickly and gently run the salmon under ice-cold water to remove the brine. Pat completely dry with paper towels. Keep refrigerated. Serve paper-thin slices.

Fish Recipe Tequila Cured Gravlax

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

“If that engine starts without my kill switch on, I ain't the one driving it,” Blake Broussard says after ejection video goes viral.

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

Drop-Shotting For Smallies

Drop-Shotting For Smallies

The In-Fisherman crew head to Lake Erie to catch smallmouth bass.

Lake Superior Whitefish on Ice

Lake Superior Whitefish on Ice

Doug Stange joins Capt. Aron Kastern on Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin where they go after whitefish on ice.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Little is known about the effects of softbait ingestion on bass.Effects of Softbait Ingestion on Bass Bass

Effects of Softbait Ingestion on Bass

Gabe Gries - August 11, 2020

Little is known about the effects of softbait ingestion on bass.

Do pike under ice cover choose the same types of habitats they use in summer?Pike Movement and Habitat: Summer vs. Winter Pike & Muskie

Pike Movement and Habitat: Summer vs. Winter

Dr. Rob Nuemann

Do pike under ice cover choose the same types of habitats they use in summer?

Across the Walleye Belt, big water often equals big opportunities to enjoy some of the continent's finest walleye fishing.Staying on Big-Water Walleyes Walleye

Staying on Big-Water Walleyes

Dan Johnson - September 09, 2019

Across the Walleye Belt, big water often equals big opportunities to enjoy some of the...

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power Accessories

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

OSG Editorial Staff - January 24, 2021

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more...

See More Trending Articles

More Fish Recipes

This is an easy fish recipe that works any time of year.Walleye Stir-Fry Recipe Fish Recipes

Walleye Stir-Fry Recipe

Chef Lucia Watson - December 09, 2020

This is an easy fish recipe that works any time of year.

A fantastic crappie presentation that takes succulent crappie fillets to new heights.Grilled Crappie in Corn Husks Recipe Fish Recipes

Grilled Crappie in Corn Husks Recipe

In-Fisherman Staff - November 15, 2020

A fantastic crappie presentation that takes succulent crappie fillets to new heights.

This delicious walleye recipe is made with both a marinade and a rub, giving it a sweet and spicy flavor.Southwestern Grilled Walleye with Tortilla Sauce Recipe Fish Recipes

Southwestern Grilled Walleye with Tortilla Sauce Recipe

Linda Marco - February 16, 2021

This delicious walleye recipe is made with both a marinade and a rub, giving it a sweet and...

Serve these walleye fish cakes with homemade blue cheese aioli or blue cheese salad dressing.Walleye Fish Cakes with Blue Cheese Aioli Recipe Fish Recipes

Walleye Fish Cakes with Blue Cheese Aioli Recipe

Chefs Jerry Swanson and Tommy Nuesse

Serve these walleye fish cakes with homemade blue cheese aioli or blue cheese salad dressing.

See More Fish Recipes

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the In-Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now