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Homemade Lox Recipe

Homemade Lox is easy to fix with fresh salmon fillets, sugar, salt, liquid smoke, fresh dill, chili pepper, and peppercorns. This classic New York brunch food is a favorite all over the world and only takes a few minutes to prepare. 
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Jewish
Keyword Cured Salmon, Homemade Lox, Homemade Lox Recipe, Lox Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate and Cure 4 days
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 424kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds salmon fillet choose the thick belly cut
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground multi-color peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Cut the salmon fillet in half into two halves.

Prep the salt mix:

  • In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, salt, peppercorns, liquid smoke, fresh dill, and chili pepper flakes.

Cure the fish:

  • Prepare a sheet of plastic wrap and place one half of the salmon, skin side down. Top the flesh with the salt mix.
  • Place the second fillet flesh side down on top to create a "sandwich."
  • Wrap thee pieces tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Transfer the "salmon sandwich" into a shallow baking dish, and place a baking tray on top of it. Add a heavy object on top, like canned beans, and wrap everything in plastic wrap to avoid passing on fish smell into the fridge.
  • Refrigerate and leave it to cure for 3 to 4 days, make sure to set a reminder to turn the salmon twice a day or at least once every day. Discard any accumulated liquid, add more salt if the mixture is dissolved, and change the plastic wrap.

Serve:

  • When ready to serve, remove the wrap, discard any liquid, and wipe away most of the salt mixture, leaving a little on the edges for garnish.
  • Slice as desired and serve with bagels, or as a main course.

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Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 14255mg | Potassium: 1201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 998IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg