Like me, you may have been eating terrific salmon recipes all along, yet never tried a pastrami variety. I made some myself, and found pastrami to be a a must-try salmon flavor.
You fished, hooked, played, landed, and filleted the salmon of a lifetime – now how to best cook it, befitting the battle it gave you? One thing is indisputable – salmon is an incredibly versatile fish. It tastes great whether grilled, roasted, baked, smoked, cured, fried, or raw in sushi. After living in the great Northwest for 17 years I thought I had tried it all, and then came pastrami.
Where Does Pastrami Come From?
Pastrami today is usually associated with deli beef, but dates back to the Ottoman Turks, who dried and salt-preserved beef, goat, or mutton, then rubbed it with spices for flavor. It found its way to New York City Jewish delis from Europe, and the rest is history. Both savory and sweet, Pastrami’s dominant flavors come from molasses, cayenne, coriander, mustard, paprika, and pepper. Recipes vary widely in the number of ingredients, but most are relatively easy to make.
The Author’s Latest Cured Recipe
What’s The Best Pastrami Salmon Recipe?
You might have noticed by now that I’m not recommending a specific recipe. This is because not only is it easy for you to find recipes online, but also everyone has their favorite style. For example, some people love lox style, whereas other really prefer smoked, and most stand by fully cooked instead of cured for the texture and taste. Pastrami applies to all of these, so make whatever style you like to your heart’s content!
I happen to like the TasteOfNovaScotia.com cured recipe for how good it tastes and cured texture, relative to the number of ingredients and effort required.
Regardless of which recipe you make, if you enjoy a sweet and savory mix of rich flavors and spices, made with your favorite type of salmon in your favorite preparation style, pastrami will be a hit.
If You Prefer To Purchase
There are a few select companies that make pastrami style in addition to traditional smoked salmon. Here are a few options on Amazon, because it is fully cured these ship just fine:
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An avid flyfisher for 40 years, Mark Velicer has lived and fly fished in Washington, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and New York along with countless fishing trips to other states and countries. During his busy career working for three Fortune 500 companies, he noticed how much time it takes to really figure out a new fishing spot. And this was right when he’d rather be fishing! His favorite place is on the water, including white water kayaking, rafting, drift boating, and hiking to alpine lakes.