How To Make Swedish Cold Poached Salmon for Midsummer – Kall inkokt lax

Early in the summer, I usually get pansies.  Pansies is one of the first signs that Midsummer is around the corner. The colors are so beautiful and pop in my yard. So I have to get pansies. Then, I usually start planting seeds for other summer flowers such as Bachelor button, morning glory and marigolds. As well my perennial flowers starts appearing in my yard too.  So I usually have a nice assortment of flowers by the time we celebrate Midsummer.

Midsummer usually involves picking flowers in my yard, enjoying the warmer weather and eating great Swedish food with my family and friends.  This Cold Poached Salmon (Kall inkokt lax) is a Swedish classic for midsummer celebrations that is easy to prepare. This simple summer dish is perfect for picnics and outdoor dining as well.

Swedish Cold Poach Salmon Recipe:

Cold salmon ingredients
Ingredients to make the Swedish Cold Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillet
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 white small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 pieces of dill
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 bay leaves
    optional: add chopped carrots

See our recipe video to see how Karen Grete prepares the cold poached salmon dinner.

Instructions:

  1. Fill a big pot of 6 cups of water.
  2. Place all the marinade ingredients (salt, white wine vinegar, peppercorn peppers, lemon slices, chopped white onion, dill, star anise, bay leaves) in a large pot.

    cooking salmon in a pot
    Preparing the marinade in a large pot.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Keep the salmon as one piece. Leaving the skin on the fish makes
    it easier to remove the salmon from the pan in one piece.
  5. Scoring the skin enables the flavors to penetrate the fish.
  6. Put each salmon in the pot.
  7. Return to boil for 1 minute. Then turn off the heat.

    boiling salmon in the pot
    Boiling the salmon in the marinade.
  8. When cold enough, transfer to the fridge and leave to cool overnight.
  9. Then remove the salmon from the pot and let it drain a bit before
    serving.
  10. Make sure to have already prepare the Swedish dill mayonnaise sauce. https://youtu.be/DEUH9bsI9Bw

On a plate place the cold salmon with summer potatoes a dallop of Swedish dill mayonnaise sauce and lemon.   I really enjoy asparagus which as a side dish but you could pick any summer vegetable or even a salad.

serving salmon on a plate
Enjoy the cold salmon dinner with fresh dill mayonnaise, summer potatoes, and a slice of lemon.

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purple pansies
Purple pansies in the yard are the first sign of summer is here.
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Smoked Salmon Pizza Recipe – Røget Laks Pizza


Growing up in Denmark we never had pizza.  The first time I had pizza was in New Jersey which was years ago.  Now a days pizza is much more common in Denmark.  You can find pizza shops not only in Copenhagen but in the suburbs and small towns too.   My relatives and friends seem to eat pizza regularly just because it is so easy to get and delicious. 

Below is a pizza recipe that combines some of our favorite Scandinavian ingredients including smoked salmon onto a pizza.  This smoked salmon pizza makes a wonderful appetizer for a party or a light summer dinner.  The ingredients listed below are easy to find in any grocery store.   Plus, this delicious pizza is very easy to make. I do recommend eating the pizza the same day that you make it.  However just like most pizzas it will probably quickly disappear the same day you serve it.

 
Check out our YouTube video 
to see how Karen Grete prepares this delicious smoked salmon pizza

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces prepared pizza dough
  • oil in a can (for spraying the pizza)
  • chopped chives
  • chopped dill
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • Capers, drained
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon

Instruction:

1.Preheat the oven to 500°F.

2.On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 10-inch round. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet.  Brush or spray it with oil and punch it with a fork.  Bake until crust is golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Let the pizza crust cool for 5 minutes.

3.While pizza crust is in the oven, mix the cream cheese with the chopped dill and chopped chives

4.On a cool crisp pizza crust, spread the sour cream mixture over the pizza.  Arrange the salmon to cover the surface entirely. Sprinkle with the capers and dill.

5.Slice the pizza into 4 pieces for the light dinner or slice the pizza into smaller slices for the appetizers.  Serve immediately.
You might want to add pepper or a slice of lemon to taste.   Also, we used chopped dill but you can substitute using chopped chives instead.                                   
A delicious side salad is great to have with this pizza.  My suggestion is one of our cucumber salads or even a cucumber lemon drink.  
 
In this photo above we served the salmon pizza on a Royal Copenhagen plate.  The pattern design is Blue Flower Curve which is perfect to use during the summer season.  Love the floral pattern.

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Mustard Dill Sauce for Gravlax – Gravlaxsås


A delicious sauce to serve with gravlax and other kinds of fish.
Mustard Dill Sauce:
Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • salt and pepper optional
Instructions:

Combine both mustard’s, brown sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. The sauce may be prepared up to this point 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled. Just before serving stir in the chopped dill.

      Yield: 3/4 cup

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      Gravad Laks – Gravad Lax – A delicious Nordic Dill-cured Salmon Dish Recipe


      Gravlax is a family favorite.  So surprisingly easy to make.  We are sure you will enjoy both making and eating it.  Perfect dish to make during the holidays!

      Gravlax is a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmoncured in saltsugar, and dill.

      Ingredients

      • 1 pounds fresh salmon, center cut
      • 1 large bunch of dill, plus 1/4 cup chopped dill for serving
      • 1/2 cup salt
      • 1/2 cup sugar
      • 2 tablespoons pepper
      • Optional: 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds 
      • Pumpernickel bread, sourdough bread, or crisp bread  (knaekbroed) for serving
      Mustard/Dill Sauce Ingredients

      Capers, chopped onion, horseradish,lemon slices

      Trivia: Did you know that during the Middle Ages, gravlax was made by fishermen, who salted the salmon and lightly fermented it by burying it in the sand above the high-tide line?

      Directions

      1. Cut the salmon in half crosswise and place half the fish skin side down in a deep dish.
      2. Wash and shake dry the dill shop it and place it on the fish.
      3. Combine the salt, sugar, crushed peppercorns in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly over the piece of fish.
      4. Place the other half of salmon over the dill, skin side up.
      5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Place something  heavy on top. Refrigerate the salmon for 2 and up to 3 days, turning it every day and basting it with the liquid that collects as well as the salt/sugar/pepper.
      6. Lay each piece of salmon flat on a cutting board, whip off the salt/sugar/pepper and dill, and sprinkle the top of the salmon with chopped fresh dill. 
      7. With a long thin slicing knife, slice the salmon in long thin slices as you would for smoked salmon.
      8. Serve with dark pumpernickel bread, crisp bread or sourdough bread and mustard sauce. You can also serve with chopped onion, horseradish and capers, if desired.

      Trivia: Did you know that the Scandinavian word gravlax means buried salmon?

      • grav (or gravad)=grave 
      • lax (or laks)=salmon
      • Danish =Gravad laks
      • Norweigian=Gravlaks
      • Swedish=Gravlax
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      Smørrebrød – Stjerneskud – Shooting Star Open-Faced Sandwich – A Simplified Delightful Version!


      This Shooting Star sandwich is my abbreviated version of a famous Danish sandwich.  It is not only pretty to look at, but it also tastes great and is healthy. It’s basically a combination of a variety of seafood toppings.

       

      Ingredients:

      • Rye Bread (Rugbrød)
      • Butter
      • Fried Filet of Sole (or Plaice}
      • 1 piece of Smoked  Salmon
      • 1 tbsp Cod roe or Caviar
      • Approx.6 Shrimps
      • 3-4 asparagus
      • Dill
      • Lettuce
      • 2 Lemon Wedges

      Directions:

      1. Dip the first fish in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, fry until golden brown in butter. Once this has cooled we are ready to make the sandwich.
      2. Place lettuce on the buttered rye bread
      3. Arrange the luke warm/cold fried fish on top of the lettuce
      4. On top add mayonnaise
      5. Next place smoked salmon on end of the fried fish and  shrimp on the other end of the fried fish
      6. In between the salmon and the shrimp place the asparagus as if it is shooting up in the air
      7. On top twist two slices of lemon on end of the asparagus.  
      8. Add cod roe (or caviar) on the asparagus and in the center of the sandwich
      9. Add dill behind the lemon
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      How to Make a Marinated Salmon A delicious and easy to make Salmon Dinner

      Quick, easy and perfect. This salmon dinner recipe is one of our favorites.  If you are short on time this is a perfect dinner to make.  You can marinate the salmon to give a rich flavor earlier in the day.  Then when you are ready to make the dinner pop the salmon in the oven and whip up the sides.  A delicious salmon dinner to make year round. 



      Ingredients:

      • 4 salmon fillets
      • 1-2 tbsp honey
      • 2 tbsp mustard
      • 2 tbsp oil
      • juice and lemon zest of 1/2 lemon
      • salt and ground pepper
      • 1 onion sliced and chopped
      • chopped parsley, chives, rosemary, thyme
      • baked potato served with butter
      • peas or other vegetable on the side

       Kitchen Utensils:

      • oven proof dish
      • cutting board
      • knife
      • 1 small bowl

      Instruction:

      1. Thoroughly rinse the salmon in cold water and pat dry.
      2. Mix honey, mustard, oil, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
      3. Place the salmon fillets and the chopped onions in an ovenproof dish. Pour the marinade over the fish and leave it for 30 min.
      4. Heat the oven to 400F and roast the fish and onions for approx. 12-15 min (or till fish is flaky). To test the salmon poke a fork at the thickest part of the salmon and the fish should flake. If not, steam the fish for 1 or 2 more minutes.
      5. Transfer the salmon to a plate. Serve with the baked potato on the side with butter and chopped herbs and another vegetable on the side.

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