The day we received sashimi-grade salmon, I made instant gravlax for lunch. While I was preparing the gravlax, I also prepared “kelp cured salmon” 鮭の昆布締め. Usually, white meat fish is used for this preparation but I wanted to experiment. After almost 3 days curing, I made molded sushi or “Oshizushi” 押し寿司 out of it. I served it with French style green beans dressed with sesame dressing インゲンの胡麻和え and simmered burdock root ごぼうのしぐれ煮. I also served my potato salad topped with salmon roe soaked in sake and soy sauce イクラの醤油漬け. I served miso soup with tofu, and onion on the side.
Actually one mold made 7 pieces. Since it was an uneven number, but wife and I split one before plating. I garnished it with fresh dill. You cannot see it well but I made two layers of sushi rice; one seasoned with dried “aonori” seaweed 青のり and the other with red perilla salt or “Yokari” ゆかり(see #6 in the composite picture below).
Kelp cured salmon
Sashimi-grade salmon, thinly sliced (#1).
Dried Konbu kelp, briefly hydrated until pliable, moisture blotted (three 4 inch pieces of kelp).
I placed the slices of salmon on the kelp (#2) and covered them with another piece of kelp. I added one more layer of salmon slices and topped with more kelp.
I wrapped the kelp and salmon in aluminum foil and placed the package in the refrigerator.
I cured it for 3 days.
Kelp cured salmon molded sushi
Kelp cured salmon slices
Dried “aonori” powder
Yukari (powder of dried red perilla leaves mixed with salt)
I soaked the wooden mold in water for 10-15 minutes. I placed one layer of the kelp-cured salmon slices on the bottom of the mold (#3).
I divided the sushi rice into two portions; I mixed one with dried “aonori” seaweed and the other with Yukari powder making green and red colored rice.
I first placed the aonori rice in the mold over the salmon piece and pressed using the wooden lid of the mold. I then layered the Yukari rice on the top (#4) and pressed using the wooden lid.
I cut the molded portion into 7 pieces (#5).
As you can see the rice layers are green and red (#6)
Since I had potato salad which I made a few days ago and “ikura” salmon roe which I marinated in a mixture of sake and soy sauce, I made the dish below (I put the potato salad in a round mold and topped it with the salmon roe)
With the combination of side vegetables, potato salad and miso soup, we were quite full. Compared to kelp-cured white fish, the salmon has too strong a flavor and is too oily to have a lot of kelp umani flavor transferred to the fish. But still we could taste the subtle difference between straight raw salmon and this preparation of salmon. The combination of aonori and yukari rice was a great success and the saltiness of yukari rice and nori flavor really added to this dish.