Learn how to make gravlax with this healthy recipe. We use wild salmon, which has a more complex flavor.

Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 days


  • 1 1 1/4-pound wild salmon fillet, skin on

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted and ground

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 2 large bunches dill, divided


  1. Cut salmon in half, feel for any bones and remove with tweezers. Pat dry. Combine salt, brown sugar, caraway and white pepper in a small bowl. Spread half the dill in a 7-by-11-inch baking dish. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt mixture on the salmon skin. Rub the remaining mixture on the flesh side. Place the pieces on top of each other, skin sides facing out, then place in the baking dish on top of dill. Cover with the remaining dill.

  2. Cover the dish with foil or plastic wrap. Place a plate on top and add a small weight, such as a can of beans. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

  3. Flip the salmon, cover and weight it again. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days more.

  4. When ready to serve, discard the dill (leave any remaining salt mixture in place). Thinly slice the salmon against the grain.

To make ahead

Refrigerate cured gravlax for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

45 Calories
2g Fat
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 1 oz. each (about 3 slices)
Calories 45
% Daily Value *
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Vitamin A 13IU 0%
Folate 8mcg 2%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Magnesium 9mg 2%
Potassium 155mg 3%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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