Cured Salmon | Classic European Lox Recipe

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Cured salmon is very popular at Eastern European breakfast table to serve with the best quality you can get white or rye bread, butter and a slice of lemon. Beautiful and refreshing addition to potato pancakes.

Cured Salmon | Classic European Lox Recipe

Recipe by Sweet ZivileDifficulty: Easy


  • 3 lb. or 1500 g of fresh or previously frozen salmon file. Can be with or without the skin.

  • 50 g. or 1.76 oz. of sea or kosher salt (not a table salt) (or 10% of the fish weight)

  • 150 g . or 1.76 oz. of white sugar (or 10% of the fish weight)

  • Black pepper to taste

  • Chopped fresh dill

Let’s make it

  • Wash the fish and dry well with paper towels.
  • Mix salt, sugar, and pepper together and distribute evenly on both sides of the fish. 
  • Place fish into large deep dish (it will release moisture) or some plastic bag, and put fresh dill on the top. 
  • Place in the refrigerator for 48-72 hours flipping it occasionally (every 4-6-8 hours or so).
  • After 48 hours, wash the fish under running cold water and dry well with a paper towel. You will feel the texture has changed, now it’s more firm and darker in color.
  • Cut in very thin slices, squeeze some lemon juice and serve!


  • It can be kept in the refrigerator up to 7 days, or 3 months in the freezer.

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