1/2cupmonk fruit sweetenerSame amount of sugar, but won't be keto
3tbspOuzoAquavit is a good substitute, or vodka
Dealing with the Salmon
From your fishmonger, if you're lucky enough to live by a lake or ocean, get the center portion of the fish. Salmon from this section is typically 1" thick or more. If you're adventuresome, or have skills, you can de-skin the fish yourself. If you're new to this, have the grocer do it for you.
Run your hand over the length of the fillet feeling for bones. There is usually a line of thin bones near the thickest part running down the length of the fish. Pull out the bones with a pair of long, needle-nosed pliers. You can just pick up a pair at the hardware store, making sure they stay for kitchen use only! Be careful not to damage the flesh too much. Practice makes perfect.
Pat the fillet dry and place on a double layer of cling wrap, enough to completely wrap up the fish like you would a present.
Mixing the cure
This is the easiest part. Just thoroughly combine the salt and 'sugar' in a small bowl.
Place the double layer of cling wrap - about three times the size of the fillet - on a flat surface. Again, think of wrapping a present. Place half the salt & sweetener on the center of the wrap. Spread it out to the size of the fillet. Pour about half the remaining cure ingredients on top of the salt and sweetener. Place the fillet on the cure. Cover the top of the fillet with the remaining salt and sweetener, followed by scattering the rest of the cure on top. Wrap the fillet, but not too tightly. You want some of the water to get out of the wrapping during the cure.
Place the wrapped fillet on a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for 24 to 26 hours, turning over every 12 hours.
When the gravlax is ready, remove from the wrap and gently wash off the cure in cool water. Be gentle. Pat dry with paper towels and place on a cutting board of your choice. Thinly slice at a steep angle and you're ready to serve.
Serving up the Gravlax
Presentation depends on your style and occasion. I like a simple presentation. A few lemon wedges and capers, perhaps some sour cream on the side. Toast rounds or unseasoned crackers are also good to have near.