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Salami Recipes

salami recipes

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These are the hard ones in the charcuterie craft. Salami is fermented sausage, and you must carefully control your humidity, salt levels, acidity and temperature for everything to come out OK. If you mess things up, you can get sick. I highly recommend you buy and read one of the books listed below before you start doing real dry cured salami at home.

When you are ready, start with these simple salami recipes, which can also be done with regular domestic pork.

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Consider this the world’s greatest Slim Jim. A narrow, smoked and slightly cured Polish meat stick that is awesome eaten on the go.
Photo by Holly A. Heyser

Basic Pork or Wild Boar Salami

This is my master recipe for a very classic salami flavored only with salt, pepper and garlic. If you are ready to do a real salami, start with this recipe.
Photo by Holly A. Heyser

Hungarian Paprika Salami

A Hungarian salami made with lots of paprika and garlic. This is normally done with pork and beef, but I’ve used duck and venison and they both work fine.
Photo by Holly A. Heyser

Italian Cacciatore Salami

This is an Italian hunter’s style salami done in hog casings, which are narrower than the typical beef casings you see on most salami. That makes it easier to cure, and allows you to carry it with you when you are in the field.
Photo by Holly A. Heyser

Venison Landjaeger

A German version of the same hunter’s sausage, this one is smoked and dried. I make it with venison, but pork and beef will work, too. I make these to take hunting or fishing a lot.

Wild Boar Salami California

This is a more traditional salami made in a beef casing. It is made with all California ingredients, down to the wild boar I shot to make it. But don’t let that deter you: Some version of all the ingredients is readily available wherever you live.

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24 responses to “Salami Recipes”

  1. Jansz

    Wonderful blog!

    I make salami in Indonesia. I use fibrous casings and I have a question.
    After 4 weeks the meat shrinks and the casings don,t adhere to the meat.
    There is an oily substance between the casing and the meat. Do I use to much fat or is the casing not sutable?



  2. Scott Sallay

    Dry curing with synthetic casings requires that they be protein-lined casings. This helps the meat stick to the casing.

  3. Roberta

    Any beef-only salami recipe?

  4. marius stander

    listen to hank….good advise my friend…marius south africa

  5. Shirlene

    Hi having just made my first lot of salami (pork) I feel I have let them hang too long. Was told six weeks but now they are very hard – even hard to cut and taste chewy. any thoughts or ideas on how to make them ‘better’. in appreciation. Shirlene

  6. Michele

    I have a batch of venison meat that I cooked off the bones of bucks Can I make salami with this meat by mincing the already cooked meat and following a salami recepie

  7. Juliian

    I am trying to learn how to make salami. I am kind of scared. What is the best way to start?

  8. Nino

    Hey Shirlene, when that happens to me, I like to wrap the salami with a fairly damp small clean towel and place it in the refrigerator for a couple days. After that, it slices very easily and tastes great.

  9. daniel

    I’m in australia. Any one know any clubs or groups that are into making salami and jerky?

  10. Paul

    Just found your site. What a great read! I wish you luck on your book tour. FYI- there is a great Patagonia outlet store in Dillon, MT when you do your book signing there.

    Just curious if you have any recipe’s or suggestions for making Duck Proscuito?


  11. emilio

    loved the recipes so going to try these (my mouth was and still is watering slurp slurp!!) however I’m a massive lover of chorizo anyone got recipes for this please, much appreciated

  12. Marco


    I have really been enjoying your site! I am a beginner with curing salamis and am looking forward to pulling out my first batch to try.

    I have a question that maybe you can help me with:

    Two of the salami’s that we stuffed had to be un-stuffed and then re-stuffed due to an ingredient I forgot to put in the mix (the Bactoferm). This was done by untying the sausage, squeezing out the interior, adding the missing component, remixing, then re-stuffing the contents in the original casing. We are using natural beef middles and back fat. This process took approximately 5 minutes.

    These two that we re-stuffed have lost around 30% of their weight, but have not shrunken in diameter as much (though they have lost the water weight). They are also not nearly as firm as the others.

    I believe that what I am seeing is what is described as “smearing” on the interior of the casing. Perhaps this was done by excessive warming of the ingredients. I probably should have re-frozen the ingredients and used new casings.

    I wanted to know if there is a solution to this? Can I pin prick the casing all over to let some of the moisture out – would this work? Or at this point are these two salami’s to be thrown away?


  13. Gordon Mayer

    Hi Hank,

    I’m about ready to start with my charcuterie projects. Got my curing chamber all built and have been making some good fresh sausages.

    An aw meter is out-of-sight expensive (about $2k for the Pawkit), and Ph meters aren’t all that cheap (maybe $200-ish). Do you use one or both of them, or can you get away without them?

    Thanks, Gordon

  14. Mark Uckless

    I am a beginer, but I want to have a list of ingredients most people uses for the making of a good dry salami. Any advice will be welcome.

  15. vince

    I have been making salami for a couple of years now. but this year my thin ones (35mm) are are losing 35% weight in two weeks. Would they be safe to eat? I don’t use natural casings.i am very precise with ingredients.thanks for your help. Vince

  16. Chris

    Hey there Hank,
    I’m from Sydney, Australia. Dad was from Calabria in southern Italy (the Toe) and he was making Salami back when he first came to Australia. I’ve been doing it on my own for about 14 years and I use a solid 3% salt with my pork, only natural skins and I hang them anywhere from 8 days up to 20, depending on the weather. I also make a Maltese Sausage which is eaten raw, yes raw, it has copious amounts of garlic, pepper and coriander seeds with 5% salt to make it edible. This lasts up to 8 days before you have to cook it, but it’s usually eaten by then. Keep em Hangin’ Hank.

  17. Odette Hélie

    We just bought Duck, duck, goose and I cannot tell you how nice it is to have techniques explained in details like in your book ! We have tried 3 recipes with great success and a goose breast is hanging in my basement (last year I used the fridge and it came out ok).

    I have 3 questions :
    1) Any suggestion for a condiment to accompany the prosciutto ?
    2) I will try to make a “saucisson” later and reading about it, I discovered that the sour taste I sometimes encounter in that type of charcuterie- and that I do not like- is associated with American style fermented sausage (nitrite + bacteria). I much prefer the “French” saucisson which does not taste sour BUT for amateur like me, it seem safer to use nitrite + bacteria. So, is there a way to use nitrite + bacteria without ending up with the sour taste ? Is it a question of which bacteria one uses ?
    3) It seems to be the nitrosamide (produced when nitrites are heated up like when you cook bacon) that are bothering (stomach cancer) so one should not worry if one eats nitrites in charcuterie like dry sausage ? Why not add a vit C derivative to counter the formation of nitrosamide ?

    Thank you for your very useful book !!!

  18. Steve Hodgdon

    Hi Hank, thanks for all the great information. I’m about to get started with my first salami, and I’m curious if you see any problem with hanging salami next to a prociutto, coppa, or other whole cured meat? As far as I can make out there shouldn’t be any issue with this, but I was curious to get the advice of a professional. Thanks so much.

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