Florida Citrus Vodka Cured Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Florida Orange zest
  • 2 tsp. Florida Grapefruit zest
  • ¼ cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 3 tbsp. Florida Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 lb. salmon fillet, center cut, boneless with skin on
  • 2 tbsp. thyme, fresh
  • 2 tbsp. vodka
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups salt

Florida Orange and Beet Vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 2 beets, peeled
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar

Garnish:

  • 2 cups watercress, leaves only

Preparation

Florida Citrus Vodka Cured Salmon

1. Place salmon in a casserole dish.

2. Spread Florida Orange and Grapefruit zests and thyme evenly over salmon, then sprinkle with Florida Orange and Grapefruit Juices and vodka.

3. Combine sugar and salt. Cover flesh side of salmon with salt and sugar mixture.

4. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 5 hours, depending on thickness of fillet (longer for thicker fillets, less time for thinner fillets).

5. While salmon is curing, prepare Florida Orange Beet Vinaigrette. Grate beets on the fine side of a cheese grater. Use a piece of cheesecloth to squeeze juice from beets. Reserve juice and discard beet pulp. Combine Florida Orange Juice with beet juice and sherry vinegar. Bring to a simmer in a medium sauce pot and reduce volume by ⅔. Chill and reserve.

6. Remove salmon from refrigerator and rinse off salt mixture under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Remove skin and any dark flesh and slice thinly.

7. To serve, lay 4 to 5 slices of salmon on each plate. Drizzle with Florida Orange and Beet Vinaigrette.

8. Garnish with watercress leaves and serve with crackers (if desired).