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Spiced Salmon Gravlax with Rye Croutons

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Easy Easy
4 Servings


- Gluten - Wheat
30 Minutes

No Diets specified

Submitted by David Ross   I created this recipe to celebrate the Jewish heritage of my Great Grandparents who came to America from Russia in the late 1800’s. I’ve always wanted to prepare Kosher dishes that they would have had at their home in Twin Falls, Idaho. In the Pacific Northwest, salmon is one of our iconic ingredients. I’ve created this appetizer recipe with salmon gravlax marinated with spices and Kosher vodka. The salmon is paired with asparagus and dark Jewish rye croutons.  


Main ingredients

  • 6 oz. sliced Kosher salmon gravlax

  • 1/2 tsp. caraway seeds

  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds

  • 1/2 tsp. coarse grind black pepper

  • 1 tsp. crushed juniper berries

  • 2 slices Jewish dark rye bread

  • 8 spears of fresh asparagus (see note)

  • 1 tbsp. capers

  • 2 tsp. chopped chives

  • 2 tsp. fresh chive blossoms

  • 2 tsp. lemon zest and 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp. Kosher extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsp. Kosher certified vodka


Prepare the Gravlax


Place the slices of gravlax in a wide casserole dish. In a small bowl, mix together the caraway, fennel, black pepper and crushed juniper. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the salmon lox. Cover the dish with cling film and let the salmon sit for 30 minutes.


After 30 minutes, gently rinse the spices off the gravlax and set aside while you prep the asparagus and rye croutons


Heat the oven to 375. Cut the crusts off the rye bread and then cut the bread into small croutons. Spread the croutons on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Toast the croutons until they are firm, about 10 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and place the croutons in a dish to cool.


Heat a large saucepan of water to the boil. Trim the stalks of the asparagus using a vegetable peeler and cut off the woody ends. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the asparagus and cook just until it’s tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the asparagus and plunge it into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the asparagus, then cut it into 1″ pieces, then cut those pieces in half lengthwise.


To assemble the dish, place two of the thin pieces of gravlax on a serving plate.


Place some of the asparagus spears around the gravlax, then some of the rye croutons. Sprinkle some of the chives, chive blossoms and lemon zest around the gravlax.


Drizzle some of the lemon juice, olive oil and vodka over the gravlax and serve.


To clean green asparagus from insects, the tips as well as the triangular side leaves should be cut off and discarded.
Spiced Salmon Gravlax with Rye Croutons

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