Smoked salmon is one of the best dishes for family style meals or gatherings! It's great when you want to have a "fancier" dish but still something that is light as an appetizer or pairs well with other dishes you plan on having.
We love smoking salmon because the amounts of healthy fat it contains allows it to be great for smoking which helps keep the salmon moist while being smoked. When smoked, the salmon has a delicate texture with a salty and smoky flavor. Think of it as a super tender salmon jerky.
This particular preparation of smoking fish has been done for hundreds of years and many attribute its origin dating back to the vikings. When vikings, or any nordic fishermen would catch fish, they had to have a way of preserving the fish for their travels but obviously, refrigeration was not a thing, so they would dig holes in the sand and bury the fish and then, after returning from their travels, they would unearth the fish, rinse off the sand and cook it, often times over an open fire (smoke.)
By burying the fish, they were essentially curing it. The natural salts and minerals in the sand would penetrate into the flesh of the fish and do exactly what we are during with our salt/sugar cure. Without moisture, bacteria, which spoils the fish, cannot grow, so by removing the moisture, you eliminate the means for the fish to spoil and, as a result, preserve it.
Another thing we love about smoked salmon is that you really only need 6 ingredients and aside from the salmon and dill, most of them you probably already have them in your kitchen! Here's your grocery list:
Smoked salmon might seem a bit intimidating to make at first but it's a pretty straight forward process as long as you allow enough time for curing and smoking. This is a recipe you'll want to make in advance!
We love to serve the smoked salmon as a whole side on a platter with crackers, capers, horseradish and various other accompaniments as a “build your own sandwich” type of thing but you can use it as anything from a addition to a chowder or a topping to a bagel.
This one is always a crowd pleaser!
Cheers and eat well!
This smoked salmon complemented with lemon and dill is perfectly tender and flavorful! It’s great served with some crackers, red onions and capers or really, it can also be enjoyed on its own. It's that amazing!
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