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Inkokt Lax

Salmon with fresh herbs

(Swedish cold poached salmon)

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Poached salmon, called inkokt lax in Swedish, is an light, refreshing and simple summer dish, perfect for picnics and outdoor dining.

Dilled mayonnaise is a classic condiment for Swedish poached salmon, but you could easily serve it with a lemon-yogurt sauce, capered sour cream, tartar sauce or hollandaise.

6 servings


  • Salmon fillet, skin off, cut into 6 portions -- 2 pounds
  • Water -- 6 cups
  • Red onion, thinly sliced -- 1
  • Carrot, sliced into thin rounds -- 1
  • Red or white wine vinegar -- 1/2 cup
  • Peppercorns -- 10
  • Allspice berries -- 8
  • Bay leaves -- 1 or 2
  • Salt -- 1 tablespoon


  • Mayonnaise -- 1 cup
  • Sour cream -- 1/2 cup
  • Chopped fresh dill, stalks removed -- 1/2 bunch
  • Whole-grain mustard -- 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon, juice only -- 1/2


  1. Add the water, vegetables, spices and salt to a large pot and bring to a boil over high flame. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Gently lower the salmon pieces into the water and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  3. Cover, remove from heat and let cool slowly in the pan for an hour. Use a slotted spoon or spatula to gently remove the salmon pieces from the liquid to a container. Cover and set in the refrigerator to chill well.
  4. To make the dill mayonnaise, mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
  5. Serve the inkokt lax with the dill mayonnaise on the side, along with boiled new potatoes and sliced cucumber pickles.

Inkokt Lax Variations

  • Herbs: Add fresh herbs to give added flavor to the poaching liquid. Excellent choices are a few sprigs of fresh dill, rosemary, thyme, fennel or lemon verbena. Try adding thinly sliced lemons too.
  • For a Buffet: Serve your salmon whole for an impressive addition to any smörgåsbord spread. You will need a pan that can easily accommodate a whole side of salmon. There are fish poachers made just for this purpose.


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