Grilled Cured Salmon

These chiles will add a deep, nutty flavor to dishes and are great to use in salsas and sauces. It is a medium-hot chile that is good in soups, stews, sauces and sausage.

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1 Tbsp whole coriander seeds
1 Tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
1 dried cascabel pepper
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup smoked Danish sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 pieces skinless, boneless salmon fillet, about 1 /34 lbs total


In a small skillet over high heat, toast coriander and peppercorns until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Place cascabel pepper in pan, and toast it on all sides until skin blisters, about 5 minutes. Let cool, then tear it into small pieces.

Combine toasted coriander seeds, peppercorns and cascabel pepper in a spice grinder. Grind to a fine powder. Combine powder with sugar, salt and ground black pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle half this cure mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Shape cure into a flat mound that matches shape and size of salmon fillets. Place salmon on top, and cover with remaining cure. Cover with a small piece of parchment or waxed pepper, then wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Scrape cure off salmon with knife. Preheat a grill or broiler. Grill or broil salmon, turning once, for a total of 5 to 7 minutes, or until slightly translucent in center.

Makes 4 servings.

From The New York Times.