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Russ & Daughters Pickled Lox Recipe


Plan a few days in advance to make your own pickled lox from fresh salmon. No cooking necessary.Serve as is or with sour cream sauce.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds salt-cured wild pacific salmon, also known as belly lox
  • 2 large Spanish onions, peeled and sliced in rounds
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mixed pickling spices, including coriander seed, mustard seed, dill seed, allspice, bay leaf dried chili pepper


Soak the salmon lox overnight in cold water in the refrigerator, changing the water once.

Cut the lox pieces in half-pound chunks. Place in a glass bowl, layering them with the onion slices.

In a mixing bowl place the water, vinegar, sugar and mixed pickling spices. Stir by hand until the sugar dissolves. Pour the mixture over the salmon and let stay out on the counter top overnight so that the pickling process starts to work. Next morning refrigerate for 2 days or until ready to use. Serve as is or with sour cream sauce.

Yield: 8 servings

Sour Cream Sauce Recipe

Recipe Source: Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan (Random House)
Reprinted with permission.

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