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Fresh Lox

  • Prep Time 48 hours
  • Estimated Cost $11

My father taught me three very important lessons about food:
1) Matzo brei should be savory, not sweet.
2) The proper breakfast to order in a diner is two eggs, over-easy and an English muffin to dip into the yolks.
3) The way to eat a bagel is with cream cheese, sliced red onions and a big heap of lox.

The third is probably my favorite, and at this point in my life, I have zero use for a lox-less bagel. What’s the point? The thing is, lox can be very expensive, often up to $20/lb.

Enter this easy, delicious and damn fun recipe. All you need is some fresh salmon, simple brine ingredients and a little patience. And, of course, bagels, cream cheese and onions.


  • 1/4 cup sugar Pantry
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt Pantry
  • 2 tbsp freshly-ground black pepper Pantry
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill $1 for a bunch
  • 16 oz. skin-on, center-cut salmon, preferably wild (it's fine to buy this frozen, just let it thaw before you cure it) $10

Recipe Serves 4-6


  1. Combine the sugar, salt, pepper and dill in a mixing bowl. This is your brine mix.
  2. Cover a plate with plastic wrap, and pour half of the sugar-salt mixture on top and spread evenly. Place the salmon on top of the spices, flesh-side-down, and cover with the rest of the sugar-salt mixture.
  3. Wrap the whole thing tightly with plastic wrap (I wrapped around the plate twice) and refrigerate for at least 48 hours (it will be cured after 48, but it's better after 60-72). Every 12 hours or so, flip the fish over and redistribute the brine mixture. As the brine mixture pulls the liquid out of the fish, you'll notice a lot of oily residue seeping out. Wrapping the whole thing in a thick dish towel helps to keep mess to a minimum.
  4. Once the fish has finished curing, rinse well under cool running water, pat dry and slice very thinly against the grain and serve immediatley.
  5. If you have leftovers, store them tightly-wrapped in plastic wrap. They'll keep for another 4-5 days.
  6. Makes about 1 pound of lox.

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Such a privilege to taste these lox today, so yummy! Thank you for sharing with us!

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I’m so going to make this!

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Gabi – you are so flipping awesome! I’ll be making this today to serve on Valentine’s Day!!

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