The Beauty of Homemade Lox

2022 Year of Aesthetics Series №12

Homemade Lox are easy to make and fresh, red and translucent and just better than anything you can get at a Deli or a market. There is a simple repeatable method that yields wonderful results. The product is of deep red color and wonderful texture and is pleasing to the eyes as well as the palate. A balance of wonderful fish and salt. I find making my own has an artisanal satisfaction and truly they look fantastic.


Variation on recipe from Michal Ruhlman's 20, note Ruhlman overuse of citrus zest is to be avoided… (Source not paid endorsement), I diverge from him a bit.


1 cup Kosher Salt (large grain low density salt allows cure without burning or over salting the fish)

1 cup of sugar

1/2 tsp to 1 tsp course ground black pepper

1/2 tsp celery seeds (optional)


get two sheets of tin foil lay flat

pour 1/3 of the mixture and place 1 pound to 1 1/2 skin down on tip

Do a light dusting of lemon or orange zest (I do orange) on top of the salmon (don’t go crazy) (optional)

Pour rest on top of the fish and wrap so all surface are salt covered

Cold press for 24 hours

Remove from press rinse off salt and carefully cut off skin

Can have some right away or you can refrigerate for 48 hours and let salt come to even distribution in the fish.

Cut thin and serve with bagels, on crackers in salads etc.

Post press and rinse
Salt, Wrap Press




Chem E speaker of words doer of deeds

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

The time for breakthrough innovation in FoodTech and AgriTech is -NOW

Dollar Pizza: A Taxonomy

I became a Banana bread expert during lockdown


Pizza: The journey to perfection~

Kiwifruit Is the Only True Superfood

Imagine A Better Future Of Food Now–Or Be Shocked By What We Get

Being Healthy at a Barbecue

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Ernest Boehm

Ernest Boehm

Chem E speaker of words doer of deeds

More from Medium

Searching Splunk: What I Learned from the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge 2021

Never Split the Difference

Life Is a Tomato Right Off the Vine. Al Fountain, Monday, July 2nd, 4:32 PM

A man dressed like Tom Sawyer runs through a field laughing, as a tomato whizzes through the air, hurled by another man, seen in the distance, wearing a white button up shirt.

In Any Language, Let’s Make it a Happy — and Healthy — New Year