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graved lachs with honey mustard dill sausce, recipe

Graved Lachs

The basic recipe is how we made it at the Hotel International in Basel. I have come to vacuum seal the fillets - if for noting else to have it neat and tidy in the fridge. This is another crowd-pleaser for many occasions and especially pot lucks and cocktail parties. It goes very well with the Dill Mustard Sauce and is best served with baguette.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 days


  • 2 fillets sides of Salmon ideally Chinook or King Salmon
  • 35 gr Coarse Salt
  • 5 gr Sugar
  • 5 gr White Pepper or use all black pepper and increase the volume accordingly
  • 25 pieces Black Pepper
  • 25 pieces All Spice
  • 1 bunch Dill washed, patted dry, mostly the tips


  • Make sure the pin bones from the Salmon have all been removed
  • In a mortar grind and blend all spices (not the salt)
  • Sprinkle the spices evenly over the salmon
  • Cover the salmon with the salt "as if it had freshly snowed"
  • Now cover the salmon with the dill tips
  • If you have a vacuum sealer I recommend to vacuum seal the sides
  • otherwise just wrap them in Saran-wrap
  • Place in the fridge for 24 (min) to 48 hours (I had them once for nearly 72 hours and it was fine but I recommend to take them out after 48 hours, clean off the spices and re-seal if needed a bit later) to cure
  • After the curing is done, clean off the dill, salt, sugar, and spices, and cut off a small piece to taste.
  • If it is overly salty you can gently rinse the fish for a bit and that should take the edge off
  • Slice the sides against the grain with a long, skinny, and sharp knife into thin slices and arrange on individual plates or serving platters to your liking


  • Best served with Dill Mustard Sauce
  • This recipe is adapted from the one we used in the Hotel International Basel
Nutrition Facts
Graved Lachs
Amount Per Serving (14 g)
Calories 646 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 187mg62%
Sodium 13740mg597%
Potassium 2259mg65%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 72g144%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 330mg33%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.