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Today, we’re diving into the world of homemade salmon curing with a simple and mouthwatering 3-ingredient salt-cured salmon recipe. Not only is this dish unbelievably easy to prepare, but it’s also considerably cheaper than smoked salmon you buy at the store.

If you love smoked salmon but find the price discouraging, you’ll find this salt alternative satisfying. Salt cured salmon is very similar to the taste and texture of smoked salmon.

Compared to making smoked salmon, this salt cured salmon conserves on time, effort, and money. If you’ve attempted to make your own smoked salmon at home, you may have needed to purchase a smoker and spend many hours attending to the fish by continuously monitoring the smoker’s temperature and basting the fish every hour.

Unless smoking fish is a hobby, most people simply don’t have time for this long process. For this recipe, you do not need to purchase any special equipment and all you have to do during the curing process is leave the salmon alone so the salt can do its thing.

How to make salt cured salmon

This is a Slavic traditional recipe for making salted salmon at home using only 3 ingredients and some patience. To make salted cured salmon, create a 1:1 ratio of kosher salt and sugar (white or brown, depending on availability and preference). Careful that you use Kosher salt in this recipe and not table salt. Table salt has grains that are too fine and will end up absorbing too quickly into your salmon and create an end result that is too salty to enjoy).

Once the mixture is done, it is spread on all sides, even the skin of the salmon. Then, the salmon is covered and left in the fridge for a minimum of 24 hours up to 4 days. Then, the salmon is thinly sliced and ready for use. Is that the whole recipe? Yup, that’s it!

Once the salmon is sliced, they can be incorporated into any cold dish.

You can have them on a slice of bread with some cream cheese

You can chop them into smaller chunks, mix with mayo and sriracha, and make the ultimate salmon poke bowl

You can even eat the salmon slices with nori and vegetables

If you would like to add some more flavor combinations to your salmon then you are more than welcome to do so! Simply add the seasonings and spices into the salt and sugar mixture (in lesser quantities than the salt and sugar, of course).

There is no limit to the choices of spices that you can incorporate into the salmon. Dill, black pepper, and even smoked pepper seasoning will go well for those that want to add some spice! If you try any new flavors, let us know in the comments below.

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Easy Salt Cured Salmon Recipe

Anna Grigoryev
Salt cured salmon is a Slavic traditional recipe for making salmon at home using only 3 ingredients and some patience. Slavic cuisines all have variations of this popular dish but all unite in the three base ingredients: raw salmon, salt, and sugar!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Curing Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Slavic
Servings 12 people


  • 5 lbs raw salmon With skin on
  • 1 cup kosher salt Must be Kosher salt or another coarse salt
  • 1 cup brown or white sugar


  • Combine salt and sugar in a bowl or plastic bag and set aside.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Pat dry the raw salmon, remove any bones, and place skin-side-up into the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cover the salmon skin with half of the sugar and salt mixture. Flip the salmon over, and cover the skin-less side of the salmon with the rest of the mixture.
  • Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and place into the fridge for a minimum of 48 hours.
  • When time, uncover the salmon and scrape off any access salt on the salmon with a knife or backside of a spoon.
  • Slice salmon into thin slices and serve!


If you are using additional seasonings and spices in your salmon, add them to the salt and sugar mixture prior to coating the salmon.
Salmon can be stored in the freezer in plastic Ziplock bags and last up to 3 months.
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