grav·​lax ˈgräv-ˌläks How to pronounce gravlax (audio)
variants or gravlaks
: salmon cured especially with salt, sugar, pepper, and dill and often additional ingredients (such as fennel, coriander, lime, and vodka or aquavit)

Examples of gravlax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So is cream cheese, for gravlax or cold-smoked trout with dill. Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2023 The first course included platters of gravlax made by Geyman’s mother, Svetlana, and served alongside her salat vinaigrette, a traditional Ukrainian dish of cold marinated beets. Aliza Abarbanel, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 The fresh trout gravlax, served with fennel in three textures, is a bold match for the winery’s Tinto Histórico blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot, while Catena’s beguiling Vino Natural Ancestral Moscatel sets the stage for a finale of cheese and confitures. Katie Kelly Bell, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2023 Expect other fish and seafood including gravlax (cured salmon) and plenty of shrimp. David Nikel, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Here, smoked fish goes beyond the prolific lox, with slicers offering up a slew of options from gravlax and pastrami-cured salmon to sable and peppered mackerel. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2020 From New Orleans beignets and Chicago deep dish pizza to the gravlax of New York City, order and ship an edible reminder of past trips for the next birthday, anniversary, or holiday on your calendar. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Dec. 2022 Pick up a nice gravlax or sashimi to add variety, said Mike Lata of the Ordinary. WSJ, 16 Dec. 2022 The business is known for its classic highland, gravlax and other seasoned cures, such as Thai cured salmon, in limited quantities. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Swedish gravlax or Norwegian gravlaks, from grav pit, hole, grave + Swedish lax, Norwegian laks salmon

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gravlax was in 1848

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“Gravlax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2023.

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