How to Make a Gravlax Pizza

by Ben Panella

Great cold summer pizza-Homemade salmon gravlax, lemon creme fraiche, red onion, lemons, capers , tarragon, and dill.


  • 6 Ounces Salmon gravlax or lox
  • 7 Ounces Creme fraiche
  • 1 Lemon divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill
  • 2 Tablespoons Tarragon
  • ½ Pounds Pizza dough
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Place stone on 2nd rack position from the top ~about 5" from broiler and preheat stone for an hour.

    Step 2

    While stone preheats prep toppings. Thin slice salmon gravlax (check my guide) you can also substitute lox or smoked salmon..

    Step 3

    Once gravlax is sliced thin keep cold until serving.

    Step 4

    Wash and de-stem tarragon and dill, about 2 tbsp each.

    Step 5

    Capers are the flower buds of the caper bush native to the Mediterranean. Typically pickled in vinegar, this fridge staple is a must right up there with relish and dill pickles. Drain 1 tbsp of capers

    Step 6

    Slice a 1/4 of a red onion into thin 3 mm rings

    Step 7

    Thin slice lemon as well. You can eat the lemon slices whole when it's this thin, but I prefer to remove the peel and pith.

    Step 8

    The pith has an overwhelming taste even when its this thin.

    Step 9

    I sliced 1/2 of the lemon razor thin, and juiced/zested the other half for the sauce. You need 3/4 tsp of juice and zest each for the sauce.

    Step 10

    The cold pizza sauce consists of 7 oz of creme fraiche and 3/4 tsp lemon juice and 3/4 tsp lemon zest. You can sub real sour cream for creme fraiche if its unavailable.

    Step 11

    Put it in a squirt bottle or a ziplock bag with the corner cut. Or use the classic bowl and spoon. Objective=Get sauce on the dough quickly. Squirting sauce on adds for final presentation.

    Step 12

    All toppings are prepped.. get this done before the dough hits the oven.

    Step 13

    The topping combo goes great on any thin breads, crackers, or chips. I used leftover toppings to make some great cold nachos!!

    Step 14

    I'm using store bought dough, I just needed to remove from the fridge half hour before using.

    Step 15

    Stretch dough out to 1/4" thickness don't overwork! Drizzle dough with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes remove & cool for 10 minutes before proceeding

    Step 16

    After 10 minutes of cooling spread lemon creme fraiche sauce over top.

    Step 17

    Top with salmon, lemon, red onion, tarragon and dill, capers, and finish with a drizzle of the creme fraiche. Cut into 1/8ths with a large heavy knife and serve immediately.