Swedish salmon, simply the best

Transformed artfully into beautiful smoked or marinated fillets, salmon has graced the Swedish dining table for as long as one can remember.

Swedes have a longstanding tradition of eating salmon in all its best forms. Swedish smoked salmon is among the best in the world and the famous Gravlax is enjoyed worldwide, having found its way onto many quality restaurants’ menus.

Gravlax is salmon marinated the artisan way with dill and white pepper, however, many Swedish chefs like to add their own (secret) little twist to this classic recipe. It is often served accompanied by Hovmästersas, a mustard and dill sauce.

Baltic wild salmon live their lives as nature intended. A happier, healthier, natural living fish, these salmon have a delicious and robust flavour and lean yet creamy flesh.  

The nordic Scandinavian region has a very old tradition when it comes to the harvest from sea, rivers and lakes. Fresh water from the nordic rivers creates a brackish sea water in the Bothnian bay, which gives local fishermen a possibility to harvest wild salmon of superior quality.

More than 90 percent of the wild salmon is produced in the Gulf of Bothnia, where several large rivers flow. This is also where the salmon begins their migration to the southern Baltic Sea, to grow larger. After a couple of years, most of the salmon return to their native rivers to spawn and reproduce.

Major French news channel LCI chose to highlight Swedish salmon in their program in their ‘Le Grand Format’ reportage, stating that ‘For anyone who tastes it, Swedish smoked salmon is second to none.’

And about the Swedish Gravlax: ‘The other Swedish secret is the art of marinating. But it is surely not chef Stefan Eckert who will reveal it to us. Smoked salmon is his great specialty. In the basements of his restaurant, it spends several days immersed in a dill mixture, but it is impossible to learn more. For this chef, there is no doubt, this fish is the best of all, and he is not the only one to think so. After the Swedes, it is to the French that it sells the most. 92 euros per kilo, more than twice as much as Norwegian salmon.’

See article: Le grand format : la fabrication du saumon fumé, un secret suédois bien gardé