Beetroot and liquorice cured salmon

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Anna Hansen's visually striking beetroot salmon gravlax recipe is laced with diverse flavours, as is customary with The Modern Pantry chef. The salmon is cured with a mix of liquorice, beetroot juice and soy, while the winter slaw is a crunchy blend of kohlrabi, beetroot and fennel, dressed with a tangy yuzu dressing. Stack the dish elements attractively onto crispbreads to serve.

First published in 2015




Cured salmon


For the dressing

To serve

  • 2 large crispbread, preferably Peter’s Yard 242mm


To prepare the salmon, check the fish to ensure there are no pin bones or stray scales. Place skin-side down into a narrow dish or, alternatively, a large re-sealable bag
  • 1 whole side of salmon, skin on
Combine the beetroot juice, liquorice, soy and cardamom in a bowl to make the curing mixture. Completely cover the salmon in the cure and marinate for 36 hours, turning the salmon over after 24 hours
After curing, remove the salmon from the liquid, lightly rinse under cold water for 3-4 minutes and pat dry. At this stage, the fish should be firmer in texture and stained red from the beetroot and soy. Leave uncovered and return to the fridge to dry cure for a further 8 hours
To make the coleslaw, finely slice the kohlrabi, beetroot, fennel, jicama and apple into strips using a mandoline or Julienne peeler and combine in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, chopped dill and a pinch of salt. Toss to coat and set aside until required
For the dressing, add the crème fraîche, lemon juice, water and yuzu to a bowl and mix well until combined. Season to taste
Using a sharp fish knife, cut the cured salmon into thin slices using a long, smooth slicing action in the direction away from the tail
Break the crispbreads into smaller, portion-sized pieces and top with some coleslaw. Drape the salmon slices over the top, drizzle over some dressing and serve immediately
  • 2 large crispbread, preferably Peter’s Yard 242mm

Whether you call it 'fusion', 'global' or 'basically indescribable' is beside the point; Anna Hansen's food is without a doubt fresh and adventurous - you might even call it modern.

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