Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Raw, thinly sliced, cured salmon seasoned with dill and served usually as an appetizer.

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  • noun Salmon dry-cured in salt, seasoned with dill and sugar, and served usually thinly sliced as an appetizer.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Swedish : grava, to bury (from the original process of curing it in the ground); see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots + lax, salmon; see laks- in Indo-European roots.]

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From the Swedish gravlax, a compound of grava ("dry-cure in salt and sugar") + lax ("salmon").

Examples

  • Wonderful recipe, but just to make things clear, gravlax is not Mediterrean, its SWEDISH!

    Recipe: Gravlax

  • Elisabeth, yes, gravlax is a mighty good Scandinavian dish.

    Recipe: Gravlax

  • The flavor of gravlax is best if the salmon sits directly in the cure, which it can’t do when it is wrapped in plastic.

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  • The flavor of gravlax is best if the salmon sits directly in the cure, which it can’t do when it is wrapped in plastic.

    Recipe: Gravlax

  • Smoked salmon should not be confused with gravlax, which is salmon that has been simply cured and not smoked.

    THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK

  • Smoked salmon should not be confused with gravlax, which is salmon that has been simply cured and not smoked.

    THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK

  • Smoked salmon should not be confused with gravlax, which is salmon that has been simply cured and not smoked.

    THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK

  • The gravlax was also ethereal, a perfect balance of sweet and salty had inundated the salmon flesh, which was perfect dipped in a dill mustard sauce.

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  • But Suki did spend three years in Sweden in the early 70s, and he did master the art of smoking salmon in its 'gravlax' tradition, so that's the way to go here, a plate of silky smoked salmon with a toasted bagel and a shmear of cream cheese of course.

    Jay Weston: Beverly Hills Breakfasts Are... Different

  • But Suki did spend three years in Sweden in the early 70s, and he did master the art of smoking salmon in its 'gravlax' tradition, so that's the way to go here, a plate of silky smoked salmon with a toasted bagel and a shmear of cream cheese of course.

    Jay Weston: Beverly Hills Breakfasts Are... Different

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  • Mid-20th century. (Swedish or Norwegian gravlaks) "buried salmon", because originally cured in a hole in the ground.

    In UK/US usually means thin slices of dried salmon marinated in sugar, salt, pepper, and herbs, especially dill.

    Also gravelax, gravadlax

    July 19, 2008

  • See also stinkhead.

    July 29, 2008

  • More Delicious Than They Sound

    October 28, 2009