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Gin Cured Salmon With Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe

Gin Cured Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is a spirited sophisticated and flavorsome dish that combines the rich flavor of gin with the delicate taste of salmon, all enhanced by the creamy and aromatic dill sauce. This culinary masterpiece is sure to impress your guests and elevate any dining experience.


Gin curing is a technique that infuses the salmon with the unique botanical flavors of gin, resulting in a delightful blend of taste and texture. To begin, choose a high-quality salmon fillet and prepare a curing mixture consisting of gin, salt, sugar, dill weed from the garden, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The salmon is then generously coated with this mixture and left to cure in the refrigerator for a specified period, allowing the flavors to penetrate and transform the fish.

Choose a high-quality salmon fillet and prepare a curing mixture consisting of gin, salt, sugar, dill weed from the garden, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Enhancing the Flavor with Creamy Dill Sauce:


The creamy dill sauce perfectly complements the gin-cured salmon, adding a refreshing tanginess and a touch of creaminess. This sauce is made by combining fresh dill, Greek yogurt, lemon zest and juice, gin, and black pepper. The result is a velvety sauce with a burst of herbal freshness that beautifully complements the cured salmon.



Preparing and Serving


Place salmon on the grill over medium heat; cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork. If you use aluminum foil on the grill to cook salmon, lightly coat salmon with olive oil before grilling.



Pairing Suggestions


To enhance the "spirited" dining experience, consider pairing the gin-cured salmon with complementary flavors. Serve it on a bed of crisp lettuce leaves or sauteed greens. For a more extravagant affair, present the dish with a side of pickled onions or capers, which add a delightful tanginess. To elevate the flavors further, pair the dish with a dry white wine or a refreshing gin cocktail. Need some suggestions? Check out a few of my blog postings that feature Gin as the base spirit and I'm sure you'll find some great cocktail pairing ideas.


Gin Cured Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is a decadent culinary delight that combines the aromatic flavors of gin with the delicate taste of salmon, beautifully complemented by the creamy dill sauce. This dish is not only visually appealing but also a delight to the taste buds. Whether you're hosting a dinner party, grilling with family at the cottage, or simply looking to impress someone with your spirited culinary skills, this sophisticated dish is sure to leave a lasting impression. Give it a try and let me know what you think!



Gin Cured Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce


Gin Marinade

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Gin

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar

  • ¾ cup coarsely ground pink Himalayan salt

  • 1 oz. fresh dill weed, finely chopped

  • 1 oz lemon zest, microplaned

  • Pinch of pink peppercorns

  • 2 lbs. Salmon, skinned and trimmed (fresh or frozen & thawed)

  • 1 cucumber, sliced into wheels

Directions

  1. To make the marinade, mix the gin, 2 tablespoons oil, sugar, pink Himalayan salt, dill weed, lemon zest, and peppercorns in a small bowl.

  2. Arrange the salmon in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Pour the marinade over the salmon; turn to coat evenly. Place cucumber wheels on the salmon, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-12 hours. Adjust the curing time to suit your own taste.

Creamy Dill Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 oz) container of fat-free plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed (or 1 tsp. dried dill weed)

  • ½ tsp. Microplaned lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon Gin

  • Pinch of black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine the yogurt, dill weed, lemon zest, lemon juice, gin, and pepper.

  2. Blend well and serve with the grilled salmon.


Preparing and Serving Gin Cured Salmon

  1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill.

  2. Brush the grill rack with oil.

  3. Remove the salmon from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel; discard the marinade.

  4. Place salmon on the grill over medium heat; cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork. If you use aluminum foil on the grill to cook salmon, lightly coat salmon with olive oil before grilling.

Cheers and Enjoy!

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