Serve this salmon on toasted baguette slices topped with finely chopped red onion and chives, grated lemon zest, and creme fraiche for a delicious canape. This recipe comes from Michael Ruhlman's "Ruhlman's Twenty."

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Recipe Summary

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 pounds


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  • In a small bowl, stir salt and sugar to combine. In another small bowl, combine orange, lemon and lime zest; set aside.

  • Place a sheet of parchment paper-lined aluminum foil, large enough to extend beyond the length of the salmon, on work surface. Spread one-third the salt mixture in center of parchment-lined foil; place salmon skin-side down on salt bed. Sprinkle zest mixture evenly over salmon and top with remaining salt mixture; salmon should be completely covered.

  • Fold foil up to contain salt; place a second sheet of parchment paper-lined aluminum foil over salmon and firmly crimp sheets together to form a tight package in which salt mixture is in contact with all surfaces of salmon. Transfer salmon packet to a baking sheet. Set a pan or large dish on top of salmon; top with cans or bricks to weight down. Transfer to refrigerator; refrigerate for 24 hours.

  • Unwrap salmon and remove it from salt mixture. Rinse salmon and pat dry using paper towels. Set salmon on a rack or paper towel-lined tray and refrigerate 8 to 24 hours more.

Cook's Notes

Salmon can be wrapped in parchment paper and kept refrigerated until ready to use, up to 2 weeks.


Reviews (2)

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I've never made anything like this before, but after seeing it done by Chefs I admire and tasting their delicious creations I decided to give it a whirl. I'm so impressed with the simplicity of the production, and even more impressed with the end result. I strayed from the recipe in that I used a gorgeous slab of Steelhead rather than straight up salmon. It took to the cure exceptionally well, so the citrus is subtle, as is the saltiness. I cannot wait to share this with friends!
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I first learned about this recipe while taking a culinary class. The chef used fresh dill, along with the citrus.. The key is to buy good quality salmon. I bought a one pound Irish salmon, for $20.00 a pound. I didn't add the dill, because my husband doesn't like it. A friend of mine said that when she made it, it turned out salty. I did not have that problem at all! I rinsed it, well, after 24 hours, then air chilled it for 8. Wow! I can't wait to make this again. Easy and delicious!