Cured Huon Salmon, Horseradish & Cucumbers

This is a very special Joshua Retzer (of Stillwater fame) recipe. It’s not for the faint hearted but the end result is a stunning cured Huon Salmon dish that will make guests stop and stare!

Cured Huon Salmon, Horseradish & Cucumbers
5 Hours
20 Minutes


  • 650g Huon Salmon fillet (skinned)
  • 150g Sugar
  • 100g Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 300g Wild Garlic (or just normal garlic)
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 Banana Shallot
  • 100g Watercress
  • 400ml Full Cream Milk
  • 2g Salt
  • 7g Agar
  • 3g Vitamin C Powder
  • 150g Fresh Horseradish
  • 160g Grapeseed Oil
  • 18g Tapioca Maltodextrin
  • To taste Murray River Salt
  • 200ml Buttermilk
  • 150g Crème Fraiche
  • 2g Xanthan
  • To taste Murray River Salt
  • 1 Lebanese Cucumber
  • 4 Baby Cucumbers
  • 30ml Chardonnay Verjus
  • 20 Wild Garlic Flowers
  • 20 Warrigal Green Leaves
  • To taste Murray River Salt


  1. 1

    To cure the salmon

    In a bowl mix the Sugar, Salt and rind of Lemon and Lime Spread a ¼ of the mix on the base of a shallow tray, place the Salmon fillet in and cover with the remaining cure mix. Cure in the fridge for 4 hours, once time is up rinse fillet under cold water, pat dry and portion into 150gm portions. Keep in fridge till needed.

  2. 2

    To make the wild garlic cream

    Bring a saucepan of Salted Water to the boil add the Wild Garlic and Watercress and blanch for 10 seconds, strain and transfer the greens to an ice bath, refrigerate. Peel and finely dice the Banana Shallot and Garlic Clove, sweat in saucepan till translucent. Add the Full Cream Milk and infuse over low heat for 30 minutes, strain and discard the Onion and Garlic pour the Milk back into Saucepan and bring to a boil add the Agar and stir vigorously for 15 seconds so the agar is well incorporated, pour mixture into a container of appropriate size and place in fridge to let set. Once Set roughly chop the mix and place in an upright blender and blend on high add the Wild Garlic and Watercress a ¼ at a time, add the Salt and Vitamin C. Blend on high till smooth and no lumps remain, pour into a squeeze bottle and reserve in fridge.

  3. 3

    To create the horseradish snow

    Peel and roughly chop the Horseradish, place the Horseradish in an upright blender with the Oil and blitz on high till smooth, pass through cheesecloth into a container, let the oil settle in the container.In a bowl measure out 30gm Horseradish Oil skimming from the top to make sure you get no moisture, mix in a bowl with the Tapioca Maltodextrin till a powder forms, season w/ a pinch of Murray River Salt. Pass through sieve and store in a dry airtight container in the fridge.

  4. 4

    For the buttermilk

    In a bowl mix the Buttermilk, Crème Fraiche and Xanthan in a bowl, season with the salt, pour into a squeeze bottle, keep in fridge.

  5. 5

    To finish

    Decoratively Slice Cucumbers and dress w/ Chardonnay Verjus. To plate place the Wild Garlic Cream on the plate, add the Salmon, dot the Buttermilk mix around the plate, place the Cucumbers next to the Salmon and top with the Horseradish Snow. Garnish with the Leaves and Flowers, season with the Salt and serve.

  6. 6

    Sit back and admire the prettiest dish you've ever created! Congratulations, you made it!