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This simple recipe for Salt Cured Salmon with vodka, dill and spices takes only a few minutes of preparation but the results are impressive and delicious. It is very popular dish in Slavic Cuisine, also known as lightly salted fish (Семга малосольная, Malosolnaia Semga)  You might be surprised at how much money you can save by making your own cured salmon rather than buying it at the store!

You can mix it up using trout fillets instead of salmon, tequila instead of vodka, white sugar instead of brown. It is always a hit at parties.


2 pounds very fresh salmon fillet (boneless and skinless)

1/2 cup kosher salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

1 Tbsp. Vodka

1 Tbsp. pickling seasoning (coarsely grinded)

1 Tbsp. Olive oil



Place salmon fillet on a plastic lined sheet pan and pat dry.

Combine salt and brown sugar and spread evenly over the salmon on both sides, massaging and pressing it down.

Sprinkle evenly with crushed spices

Gently pour over the vodka, generously spread chopped fresh dill and wrap up tightly in plastic wrap.

Place salmon in a baking dish, put some weight on and refrigerate for 36 to 48 hours. 36 hours seems to be ideal for us.

Unwrap the salmon and discard the dill and clean the fillet up the best you can, using a moist paper towel. Some prefer rinsing it at this point, but I feel that you’re also washing away some of the flavor when you do that.  Gently spread olive oil over the fillet.

Slice and serve as desired.