- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon crushed or coarse-ground black peppercorns
- 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet (1 in. thick, 1 or 2 pieces)
- 1 1/2 cups dill sprigs, rinsed, or 3/4 cup dried dill
- calories 112
- caloriesfromfat 50 %
- protein 11 g
- fat 6.2 g
- satfat 1.2 g
- carbohydrate 2 g
- fiber 0.0 g
- sodium 1134 mg
- cholesterol 33 mg
How to Make It
In a small bowl, mix sugar, salt, and peppercorns.
Rub your fingers over flesh side of salmon to locate any bones; pull them out and discard. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Lay, skin side down, in an 8- or 9-inch pie pan. Sprinkle evenly with sugar-salt mixture and top evenly with dill. Cover pan airtight with plastic wrap.
Nest another pie pan of the same size on fish and set 2- to 3-pound weights (such as unopened cans of food) in it. Chill 2 days; every 12 hours, uncover, baste salmon with juices, rewrap, and replace weights.
Unwrap salmon, discard dill, and scrape off sugar-salt mixture. Lay salmon, skin down, on a board; cut into thin diagonal slices and release fish from skin. Discard skin.