Gravlax, smoked salmon or lox… oy vey! Call it what you want, there’s no denying this Israeli staple is the perfect complement to any bagel, matzo cracker or slice of rye bread. The best part about this recipe? You don’t have to buy a smoker to make it! The Jewish Community Housing Corporation lives by this easy-to-make recipe for smoked salmon. Our one firm recommendation is to prep and cook this recipe ahead of time, as the salmon takes time to marinate and refrigerate overnight before serving. We love to start this recipe on Saturday, so that the smoked salmon is ready to be eaten for Sunday brunch!
Ingredients for Smoked Salmon:
- Large salmon fillet (2 lbs.)
- Brown sugar (2 tablespoons)
- Liquid smoke (1-2 tablespoons)
- Salt (2 teaspoons)
- Pepper (½ teaspoon)
- Baking pan (11” by 7”)
- Canola oil cooking spray
- Mixing bowl and dish
- Capers and lemon slices to taste (optional)
Smoked Salmon Directions:
- Combine salt, pepper and brown sugar in a bowl to create a rub for the salmon.
- Coat the salmon fillet thoroughly with the rub and place on a dish.
- Drizzle liquid smoke on top and then place the dish in the refrigerator.
- Refrigerate the salmon like this for 4-8 hours for maximum flavor. (We recommend preparing this recipe a day before you actually plan to eat the smoked salmon.)
- After chilling, place the salmon in a baking pan coating with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350° for about 35-45 minutes until the salmon can flake easily with a fork.
- After baking, let the salmon cool to room temperature.
- Then, cover the salmon and refrigerate again for at least 8 hours (ideally overnight).
- Serve the salmon with capers and lemon slices or throw it on a bagel with cream cheese and enjoy!
Dining at Lester Senior Living in Morris County
After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, we are so excited to announce the successful reopening of the Lester dining room! Now, our assisted living residents can dine with one another at an appropriate social distance. Our culinary trained chefs in Morris County are even more excited to serve our senior residents in the dining room once again. They truly take pride in curating delicious and unique dishes that cater to every resident, from kosher, vegetarian, low-carb options, and more.
For more information about senior dining options in Morris County, NJ, please contact Lester Senior Living today: (973) 929-2725. You could also visit our website to learn more about what it’s like to live at our assisted living community in Morris County: https://jchcorp.org/assisted-living-morris-county-nj/