Definition of gravlax in US English:



  • A Scandinavian dish of dry-cured salmon marinated in herbs.

    • ‘This is one of the easiest ways to make your own gravadlax, and the results are spectacular.’
    • ‘I was dithering between a couple of choices but when the manager told me the gravadlax was cured in house, my decision was made.’
    • ‘It's a luscious combination, enjoyed for generations by Scandinavians in gravlax, but you can try it baked on or in salmon fillets or layered with smoked salmon and cheese for an appetizer.’
    • ‘I tried both the delicate, unsalty gravadlax and a tartare served with the roe and a very lemony asparagus salad.’
    • ‘This stunningly beautiful restaurant features modern Scandinavian cuisine and specialties such as gravlax, herring and caviar.’
    • ‘I started with one of my favourite dishes, pan-fried breast of pigeon, which came with a crispy bacon and black pudding salad, while Vicky indulged herself with gravadlax and smoked salmon with a yoghurt and dill dressing.’
    • ‘I had marinated herring with gravadlax on a tangle of leaves and thought the herring was particularly good.’
    • ‘Geraldine had ‘home-cured gravadlax, some smoked salmon with a honey and dill dressing‘.’
    • ‘Then they can be served simply with a honey and mustard dressed salad, or with some slices of gravadlax as a luxurious garnish.’
    • ‘I had the Russian blinis: buckwheat pancakes served with gravlax, prawns, herring roll mops and two superb garnishes of chopped herrings - one with whole grain mustard, the other with mayonnaise.’
    • ‘The cod was wrapped in gravadlax served with carrot and roasted parsnip and potatoes.’
    • ‘I chose their home-made gravadlax with spinach, rocket and chive creme fraiche.’
    • ‘Also try the poached eggs and gravlax (thin strips of nutty-sweet salmon dry-cured and served with cucumber), or a variety of scones.’
    • ‘Who, for instance, would devote four days to making ‘Salmon gravlax and cheddar terrine with beurre blanc sauce’ for 48 people?’
    • ‘The glistening slivers of house-cured gravadlax were as delectable as any I have ever tasted.’
    • ‘In the end, I went for the fish plate of smoked salmon, prawns, gravadlax, rollmop herrings and smoked mackerel for €14.95, which was served with more tasty bread.’
    • ‘Can I produce a new, unique gravlax to stimulate the passion of my guests?’
    • ‘A long-time fan of this particular culinary partnership, I had a go at making light, crisp, potato-free fishcakes and putting them on the table with a jar of the dill and mustard sauce that is usually served with gravadlax.’
    • ‘Exquisite gravadlax rolled around a cylinder of potato salad was a highlight, as was a fat slab of foie gras, which glistened dark gold from the pan but wobbled with a lovely rareness.’
    • ‘Chefs use sugar for confit, for gravlax, in marinades, and in lots of instances where they're trying to concentrate the flavor of fish or meats, he notes.’


Swedish, from grav ‘trench’ + lax ‘salmon’ (from the former practice of burying the salmon in salt in a hole in the ground).