Tequila-marinated rainbow trout gravlax

by Susan Kane-Doyle | April 1, 2012
Tequila-marinated rainbow trout gravlax

Each Christmas, we have an open house. Last year, I thought I’d try something other than the usual smoked salmon, which takes time. Everyone agreed that the change was worth it.


2 two-pound rainbow trout fillets with skin on
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups coriander sprigs
1/3 cup tequila
2 tbsp. lime juice


Lay one fillet, skin side down, on a large piece of plastic wrap. I also place mine on a large plate that will fit into the refrigerator. Combine sugar and salt and set aside.

Sprinkle trout with jalapeno and black pepper. Top with coriander sprigs. Mix tequila and lime juice and drizzle over trout. Evenly pack salt and sugar blend over trout. Top with remaining fillet, flesh side down, and wrap fillets in plastic. Repeat with an outer layer of foil.

Let fish sit on counter for one hour to allow the salt and sugar to dissolve. Place in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. Unwrap trout, scrape off all brine, then rinse. Cut into thin slices and serve with a dill sauce.

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  1. Skip wrote: I was intrigued with the recipe posted - "Tequila-marinated rainbow trout gravlax." But, I was concerned about parasites. I have heard that if you're going to ceviche the fish you must freeze fresh water fish for at least a week at 0°F in order to kill off potential parasites that can affect humans. Is the tequila enough to avoid this problem?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Skip, Best to stick with the recommended seven days at -4 degrees frozen to avoid parasites. Here are some additional resources for you to consider: https://www.seriouseats.com/the-food-lab-ceviche-and-the-science-of-marin https://www.seafoodhealthfacts.org/safety/parasites/#:~:text=Parasites%20become%20a%20concern%20when,parasites%20that%20may%20be%20present.