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Citrus-&-Vodka-Cured Salmon

Styling Brita du Plessis; Photographs Sean Calitz



Ingredients

For the salmon

1½ cups coarse sea salt

2T caster sugar

zest of 2 oranges

zest of 2 lemons

2T vodka

1.5kg side of salmon, pin boned

1 cup mixed fennel fronds and dill, finely chopped

For the cucumber-dill granita

¼ cup vodka

¼ cup water

½ cup caster sugar

1 large English cucumber, peeled
and deseeded

¼ cup dill

Method

To prepare the salmon, pulse the salt, sugar, citrus zest and vodka in a food processor until the ingredients have just combined.

Place the salmon on a large tray and rub the fennel and dill all over, then cover the salmon completely in the salt mixture before wrapping it in clingfilm.

Weigh down the salmon using another tray with a heavy object on top and place this in the fridge for 24 hours to cure.

To make the granita, bring the vodka, water and sugar to a simmer in a pot. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then set the syrup aside.

Blitz the cucumber and dill in a food processor until it has puréed, then add the sugar syrup and blend through. Pour the liquid into a metal tray.

Freeze the tray for two hours, then use a fork to rake the top of the granita to break up the ice crystals. Repeat this step at hourly intervals for three to four hours or until the granita has set.

Wash the cure off the salmon and pat it dry, then slice it thinly and serve it with the granita. SERVES 10–12 as a starter

 

Recipes and styling Brita du Plessis Photographs Sean Calitz

This recipe originally appeared in HL August 2015.

 

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