gravlax

[grahv-lahks]
noun Scandinavian Cookery.
boned salmon, cured by marinating in sugar, salt, pepper, and other spices, especially dill.

Origin:
1960–65; < Swedish gravlax, Norwegian gravlaks, equivalent to grav- (compare Swedish grava, Norwegian grave to dig, bury) + lax, laks salmon; see lox1; the salmon was orig. cured by burying it

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gravlax or gravadlax (ˈɡrævˌlæks)
 
n
dry-cured salmon, marinated in salt, sugar, and spices, as served in Scandinavia
 
[C20: from Norwegian, from grav grave (because the salmon is left to ferment) + laks or Swedish lax salmon]
 
gravadlax or gravadlax
 
n
 
[C20: from Norwegian, from grav grave (because the salmon is left to ferment) + laks or Swedish lax salmon]

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Most gravlax is served cured and cold, as with my version with fennel and tarragon.
Smoked salmon was mushy and washed out, the cured salmon gravlax was pasty and the leathery prosciutto was salty.
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