Finally made a recipe the other day that I’d been eyeing for awhile. Had to plan ahead because it needed at least 24 hours to be ready. It’s the Citrus-Cured Salmon from Bon Appetit.
5 ounces kosher salt (1 cup Diamond Crystal or ½ cup Morton)
⅔ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound skin-on, boneless salmon fillet, preferably wild king
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest
½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Combine salt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl.
Spread half of curing mix in the center of a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet roughly the same size as the fish. Place fish, skin side down, on curing mixture. Spread lemon zest, lime zest, and orange zest evenly over fish; cover with remaining curing mixture. Bring edges of foil up and over salmon and crimp to enclose.
Place another baking sheet on top of salmon and weigh down with several large cans or a heavy pot. Chill, unwrapping and flipping fish halfway through, 24 hours.
Rinse fish and pat dry; place, skin side down, on a cutting board. Using your longest, sharpest knife and wiping down blade with a moist towel between slices, cut on a diagonal ⅛”–¼” thick, leaving skin behind.
Do Ahead: Salmon can be cured 3 days ahead. Cover tightly and chill.
Overall very good. But problem on my end is that I ended up getting fish with no skin. At first didn’t think it would matter. Come the end I realized that this meant the salt got into the salmon full strength from both sides. So, this was some salty fish. The flavors were all very nice, but do remember to get the skin-on salmon. Will have to try it again with the proper cut/side of fish.