Cured Salmon


This is a very easy recipe that can be served in many different ways. Once the salmon is cured, or “cooked” in a lemon juice mixture and dressed, it can be served on slices of crusty bread, or garnished with various ingredients and served as a delicious appetizer.

Be careful not to leave the salmon in the lemon mixture too long, or it will be completely cooked. The goal is to cook or cure the salmon just to the point that it still has a little dark pink color in parts. In the photo, I served the salmon with some slices of finely sliced onions, capers, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, but the salmon is really so delicious on it’s own you could serve it simply with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked black pepper, salt and a squeeze of lemon.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 

Cured Salmon

Cured Salmon

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A very easy yet elegant appetizer. Buy the very freshest salmon for best results!


  • 1 1/2 Pound Salmon Fillet
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt

To Garnish: (Choose As Desired)

  • Finely Sliced Red Onions, Or Chopped Green Onions
  • Capers
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Lemon Wedges


  1. With a very sharp knife, cut the salmon into thin slices on the diagonal.
  2. Place in a large casserole dish, and pour the lemon juice and white wine over top.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring once during this period.
  4. Pour the curing liquid off the salmon, and dress with the olive oil, salt and cracked pepper.
  5. Serve with garnish of choice.

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  1. There is sugar in the ingredients section but I couldn’t see it in the directions section. Is it there in the ingredients section by mistake or do we need to sprinkle it with lemon juice and wine during the cure? Thanks…

    1. My earlier recipe did include the sugar, but we found we prefer the salmon without it and it was left in by mistake. I removed it from the ingredient list.

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