Raw salted whitefish and mushroom salad: such a lovely combination, such a good reason to eat a little too much!
There appears to be no exact equivalent in English for the Finnish word “graavi”, which we use here. It means something like “raw fish seasoned overnight with salt and spices”.
Whitefish fillets are thin and the texture is very soft. Removing the bones could damage the whole fish, so I prefer to leave them just like they are, the bones are easy enough to remove afterwards anyway.
Since whitefish is quite thin and with a very soft texture it doesn’t need to be seasoned as long as for example salmon, and it can easily happen that you accidentally over do it making it too salty. My approach has been to season the fish as the last thing I do before going to bed, and then cleaning off the extra salt and spices first thing in the morning. Although you can also season the fish in the morning and have it ready for dinner.
The meal served in the picture contains raw salted whitefish, mushroom salad, halloumi and basil pesto. The combination is so full of flavors that it goes well with just basic cooked potatoes.
You can buy your pesto or you can make it yourself. In this meal it isn’t the centre of attention so you can even leave it out if you prefer.
Tags: halloumi wild mushroom salad raw salted whitefish salted fish