Cumin-cured salmon

Cumin-cured salmon
  • Serves icon Serves 8
  • Time icon Hands-on time 15 min, simmering time 5 min, plus 48 hours curing time

Home-curing is such a rewarding way of preparing meat or fish. Have a go at this cumin-cured salmon recipe – perfect for laid-back entertaining.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
211kcals
Fat
16.5g (3.4g saturated)
Protein
11.7g
Carbohydrates
1.6g (0.9g sugars)
Fibre
3g
Salt
0.7g
Calories
211kcals
Fat
16.5g (3.4g saturated)
Protein
11.7g
Carbohydrates
1.6g (0.9g sugars)
Fibre
3g
Salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp flaked sea salt
  • 2 tbsp vodka (or you can use gin)
  • Large handful chopped fresh dill
  • Grated zest and juice ½ lemon
  • 400g top-quality skin-on salmon fillet about 2-3cm thick
  • Fresh basil leaves to serve

For the salad

  • 90g pack samphire (from large supermarkets or fishmongers in season)
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced
  • 200g radishes, sliced
  • 90g bag watercress
  • 1 lemon
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Method

  1. Two days before you want to serve, put the peppercorns and cumin seeds in a pestle and mortar and grind to a coarse powder. Stir in the sugar, salt, vodka, dill, lemon zest and juice to make the cure.
  2. Put a double thickness of cling film on the work surface. Put the salmon in the centre and cover with the cure, then wrap the fish tightly in the cling film. Put on a baking tray, then put another baking tray on top. Weigh it down with a couple of tins and put in the fridge. Leave to cure for 48 hours, turning it over halfway through. After 48 hours, wipe off the cure and pat the fish dry with kitchen paper.
  3. For the salad, put the samphire in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 2 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold running water. Put in a bowl with the avocados, radishes and watercress.
  4. To serve, finely slice the salmon, lay on a serving platter, top with fresh basil leaves and serve with the salad, squeeze over a little lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil.

delicious. tips

  1. You’ll need to start this dish at least 2 days before you want to serve it. The salmon can marinate in the fridge for up to 3 days before serving.

Recipe By

Sophie Austen-Smith

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