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Cold-Smoked Salmon Gravlax

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

30 Minutes

Effort

Pellets

Apple

This dish is simple and simply delicious. Salmon is cold-smoked over applewood and then served alongside capers, cream cheese, and a healthy dose of fresh dill.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

6

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 1 Cup kosher salt

  • 1 Cup sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Pound Sushi-Grad Salmon Fillet, Skin-on, Pin Bones Removed

  • 2 Bunch fresh dill

  • capers, drained

  • red onion, thinly sliced

  • cream cheese

  • lemon wedges

  • fresh dill

Steps

  • 1

    In a medium bowl, stir together the salt, sugar, and black pepper until thoroughly combined.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup kosher salt

    • 1 Cup sugar

    • 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    On a clean surface, place the salmon down skin-side up. Sprinkle about half of the salt mixture over the salmon and rub it in. Arrange half of the dill on the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold the salmon. Set the salmon skin-side down on the dill, then rub the remaining salt mixture all over the top and sides of the salmon. Top the fish with the remaining dill. Cover it with plastic wrap, then place a smaller baking dish or plate on top of the fish and weigh it down with some cans of beans. Cure the salmon in the refrigerator for 2 days.

    Ingredients

    • Pound Sushi-Grad Salmon Fillet, Skin-on, Pin Bones Removed

    • 2 Bunch fresh dill

  • 3

    Remove the salmon from the refrigerator, rinse it under cold water, and pat it dry with paper towels. Let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • 4

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 165˚F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    Grill165 ˚F

  • 5

    Place the salmon on a wire rack. Place the rack directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke for 30 minutes.
  • 6

    Remove the salmon from the grill and slice it thin. Serve with capers, red onion, dill, cream cheese, and lemon. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • As Needed capers, drained

    • As Needed red onion, thinly sliced

    • As Needed cream cheese

    • As Needed lemon wedges

    • As Needed fresh dill

Traeger Staples: How to Smoke Salmon

A step-by-step guide to how to smoke salmon. From smoked salmon rub and the best wood for smoking salmon to cooking times, internal cooking temperatures, nutritional information, and more.

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