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Easy Pickled Salmon Recipe


 I love fish especially salmon. Salmon is a very healthy fish. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acid and is great for your heart.  Pickled fish might sound really strange but it’s a very popular classical Russian dish. We call it Selyodka which is pickled Herring. We use Selyodka in many traditional dishes like “Russian Shuba Herring Layered Salad”. Try this simple and delicious recipe of pickled salmon. It doesn’t last very long in my family!

4 pounds salmon fillet, skinless and boneless
3 Tbsp. mixed pickling spices
3 yellow onions
3 cups water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup kosher salt
8-10 bay leaves
1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
Vegetable oil
 picling spice
Bring water, vinegar, bay leafs, black pepper, sugar, and salt to a boil. Turn off, set aside and let the marinate cool completely.

Cut the salmon into pieces approximately 1 inch x 2 inch. Place fish into a bowl or plastic container, pour cooled marinate over the fish. If the fish tends to float, weigh down the fish with a ceramic plate. Cover the container and refrigerate for 3 days.  


After 3 days, drain the fish; pat it dry with paper towel. (don’t save the marinate).  Slice onions thin and layer dry fish pieces and onion slices in jars. After each layer or two, sprinkle with pickling mixture. Pour oil into the jars so the fish will get covered in oil.  Seal jars and refrigerate. 



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  • Inna 04/11/2013, 12:55 PM

    Inessa, can’t wait to try to make this one!! what is in pickling spices? do you buy it at the store or make your own mix? thanks!:)

    • Inessa 04/12/2013, 8:29 AM

      Innochka, try.. you will like it 😉 I posted a picture of the pickling spice I used… Enjoy!!!

  • Yuliya 04/11/2013, 10:08 PM

    Интересный рецепт, никогда не знала, что лосось можно мариновать. А как долго он хранится в холодильнике в банках?

    • Inessa 04/12/2013, 8:34 AM

      Yuliya, it turns out really good. You can keep jars in the fridge if you layer with onions for 2-3 weeks, without onions for 3-4 weeks. Thanks 😉

  • Mariya 04/12/2013, 2:37 PM

    Hi, I love this fish. A question can you use frozen and then thawed salmon or it has to be fresh? Thank you, I love this site. Use many of your recipes:)

    • Inessa 04/12/2013, 2:45 PM

      Thank you Mariya 😉 you definitely can use previously frozen fish.

    • Thomas 07/29/2017, 11:51 PM

      It’s safer to use frozen fish because of possible parasites.

  • nadia 04/15/2013, 11:03 PM

    So tasty! I love this type of fish. will try it your way, I do a little different.

    • Inessa 04/17/2013, 8:43 AM

      Thank you Nadia. How do you make yours?

      • nadia 04/17/2013, 12:38 PM

        I make it without water.its basically oil,vinegar,sugar,salt,bay leaves,pepper corns,and onion.

  • irina 04/27/2013, 12:02 AM

    Im drooling looking at this! Love this recipe

  • Marina @ Let the Baking Begin! 05/19/2013, 11:18 PM

    Hopefully my husband will catch some more fish so that I can make it this way! I’ve been wanting to do this forever and this looks like just the right recipe! thanks!

  • andrew 07/04/2013, 3:33 PM

    What species of salmon is best for this recipe ? I live on the West Coast of Canada and its prolific in wild salmon , but there are several different species, e.g. spring salmon, coho salmon , pink salmon, sockeye salmon. Each has a different taste and texture.

  • Jim 07/22/2013, 2:23 PM

    I followed the recipe exactly, but the fish has very little ‘pickled’ taste to it (vinegar). It’s mainly salty. I used white vinegar in the quantity specified. Can I add more vinegar to the jars to try and get them more “pickled”?

    • Inessa 07/24/2013, 9:38 AM

      Hi Jim, it should be very lightly pickled. I haven’t try to add vinegar to the jars but I am assuming it should give more pickled taste. Good luck 😉

  • Aneta 07/24/2014, 12:50 PM

    Hi, I have just tried this recipe but in a day my jar almost exploded, foam was coming out and the brine turned white and seems fizzy. I have put it in the fridge and just tasted it now, it tastes okay but fizzy, is that how its supposed to be? I am scared to eat it – its still a raw fish. Please let me know what you think, that would be very helpful!

  • Emi Koulev 08/30/2014, 10:34 AM

    Hi, love your recipes they are awesome thank you for sharing! looking forward for more 🙂

  • Jim 09/06/2014, 2:22 PM

    You don’t say what the pickling mixture is. Is that the same as the marinate mixture?
    Thank you. I am waiting to try this.

    • Inessa 09/22/2014, 4:09 PM

      Hi Jim,
      I have the picture of the Pickling seasonings. I do add Pickling seasonings to marinate.

  • Galina 03/06/2015, 6:36 AM

    Made this ones so far and really liked it. Its really easy to make and tastes really good. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Donna Hazen 07/09/2016, 1:22 PM

    Pour oil…….does this mean any cooking oil ..fill up jar?

  • michelle 07/31/2016, 12:49 AM

    how do you seal the jars?

    • Inessa 08/31/2016, 7:22 PM

      Just seal it, you will have to refrigerate it though.

  • Andrea 10/09/2016, 5:23 PM

    Do you seal the jars by using a pressure cooker?

  • Martin 05/04/2017, 10:47 AM

    Hi Inessa, I am going to try something a little different. I live in Alaska and catch plenty of salmon and jar by way of pressure cooking and I like doing new things each year. I am going to follow your recipe until the end where I am going to pressure cook it to see how it turns out. Have you heard anything negative about this? I will let you and your followers know how this turns out…Opening day for Sockeye is 11 Jun, so by the 14/15 of Jun I will update:)

    • Teresa 06/30/2017, 10:22 PM

      How did it work out Martin?

    • Allyson Boyko 11/24/2017, 9:04 PM

      I too live in Alaska and instantly thought of using my pressure cooker. Any luck with that? Thank you

  • Michael 10/15/2017, 8:21 PM

    Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil?

    • Inessa 10/19/2017, 9:47 AM

      I am sure you can, it will be heavier taste.

  • Cheryl Vandermeer 10/17/2017, 6:41 PM

    When you say to seal the jars, do you process the jars in hot water bath? Or put the sealing lids in hot water the put on jars?
    Thank you in advance

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