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Easy Citrus-Cured Salmon

Plus, three ways to incorporate it into your favorite dishes at home.

We’re getting fancy over here and making gravlax (aka cured salmon)! If curing salmon at home sounds too tricky, you’ll be surprised that all it takes are a few simple ingredients and a little patience to enjoy this delightful delicacy alongside the fruits and veggies from your Misfits Market box.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at to show you how to cure their wild Alaska sockeye salmon. After trying it once, you’ll be hooked. Watch the video to learn some tips and tricks for curing salmon at home, plus three ways to enjoy gravlax for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Top on toast. Add to a salad. Or create a beautiful brunch spread with crackers, fresh veggies, and soft-boiled eggs.

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Citrus-Cured Salmon

  • Author: Misfits Market



For the gravlax:

  • 3/4 cup crystal salt (we used Diamond)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander or fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest 
  • Two 6-ounce salmon fillets, bones removed, pat dry


For the spread: 

  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche 
  • 2 tablespoons dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Assorted vegetables: radish, cucumber, watercress
  • Cut citrus: oranges, lemons
  • Cornichon
  • Soft boiled eggs
  • Crackers 




  1. In a small bowl combine salt, sugar, fennel seeds, and black peppercorns. In another small bowl, combine the lemon, orange, and lime zest. 
  2. On a work surface, place a double layer of aluminum foil, large enough to extend beyond the length of the fillets. Spread half of the salt mixture in the center of the foil. Lay the fillets, skin-side down over the salt. Evenly sprinkle the zest mixture over the fillets, and gently press into the salmon. Top fillets with remaining salt mixture (make sure salmon is completely covered).
  3. Fold up the foil to snuggly hold the salmon. Transfer foil pack to a lined baking sheet or large dish. Place another baking sheet or dish over the foil pack and weigh down with cans or more dishes. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 
  4. Rinse fish and pat dry. Using a sharp knife cut salmon skin-side down, at a diagonal, creating very thin pieces of gravlax (leave skin behind).
  5. In a small bowl, mix crème fraîche, dill, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Arrange spread onto a board or large serving dish with the gravlax. Serve with an assortment of vegetables, pickles, and crackers.