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How To Cure Salmon (Lox) At Home – Exclusive Video Tutorial From Get Cultured!

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The Deep, Rich Hues . . .

Of wild-caught salmon come from astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant known to reduce inflammation, nourish the skin, and support healthy nervous system, brain and immune function. Like omega 3 fatty acids – also found in abundance in wild salmon – astaxanthin degrades when exposed to heat.

No fear, though! Today Jenny from Nourished Kitchen is sharing her secret for succulent home-cured salmon as part of an exclusive sneak peek into her online class, Get Cultured! How To Ferment Anything.  This is a delicacy that even my 20 month old appreciates, so don’t think it is too hoity-toity for the dinner table!

About The Class

Get Cultured will teach you to ferment ANYTHING: Honey-wine, homemade soda, barbecue sauce, even BACON. With 100 recipes featuring everything from coconut kefir to sour pickles and condiments like ketchup and mustard there is something for everyone. Plus she shares the principles behind the recipes so you can create your own!

Salt-Cured Lox

difficulty: easy | yield: 2 filets | time: 5 mins (active), 3 days (marinating)

To view the video click here


  • 1 cup coarse, unrefined sea salt (where to buy unrefined sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup spices and herbs of choice (fresh or snipped dill, juniper, caraway, coriander and peppercorns)
  • 1/4 cup fresh whey, optional
  • 2 filets wild-caught salmon


  • mixing bowl
  • spoon
  • plastic wrap or cheesecloth • resealable plastic bag
  • two plates


  1. Stir coarse sea salt with spices and fresh whey, if using, until the spices are evenly distributed in the salt.
  2. Lay one salmon filet flesh side up and pour half the salt and spice mixture over the fish, sandwiching the other filet on top of the first.
  3. Season the outside of the salmon filets with the remaining mixture, and wrap the sandwiched filets of salmon in plastic wrap or cheesecloth as tightly as you can.
  4. Place the wrapped salmon in a resealable plastic bag on a plate. Place a second plate over the first to weight down the fish. Turn the fish once a day for three days.
  5. Brush off excess salt and spice, slice fish as thinly as possible and serve.

Home-cured lox will keep about a week in the fridge or up to three months in the freezer. Whey is not necessary to properly cure the fish; how- ever, some newcomers feel more comfortable with using a starter culture such as whey.

(Click here to sign up for the class)


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12 Responses to How To Cure Salmon (Lox) At Home – Exclusive Video Tutorial From Get Cultured!

  1. Amy Miller Baars via FB says:

    My son adores salmon this way!

  2. Amanda Hubartt via FB says:

    What I find confusing is that there is always a specifier about using “really fresh fish”. For those of us landlocked or in cities with no fishmonger, is wild caught, frozen supermarket salmon acceptable?

  3. Anna-Marie Ward via FB says:


  4. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Amanda Hubartt – is a a good option for landlocked folks in my opinion. They clean and flash freeze their catch very quickly.

  5. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Amy Miller Baars – Ahhh, you are in Alaska! I’ll bet he does, lol!

  6. Amanda Hubartt via FB says:

    Thanks. We have gotten vital choice before… I guess I just thought canned couldn’t be cured or be used for gravlax.

  7. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Amanda Hubartt – It can’t, but they offer frozen fillets too!

  8. Nicole Pyle via FB says:

    Does this cook the salmon in a way? I’m new to all this, but isn’t raw fish kinda risky?

  9. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Nicole Pyle – It’s more like pickled or brined than cooked. I personally feel safe consuming it as long at it has been frozen for two weeks (which kills off any parasites or pathogens that may be present), but everyone will have their own comfort level.

  10. cindy says:

    Do you leave this out on the counter or in the refrigerator for the 3 days?

  11. Kelly says:

    Hi! What is the total weight of the 2 filets? Thanks!

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