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The Difference Between Lox and Smoked Salmon

by GourmetFoodStore.com

What's the Difference Between Lox and Smoked Salmon?

Lox is a word that gets thrown around (and into a bagel) a lot these days, but most people would be surprised to find out that although lox is synonymous with smoked salmon, lox is not actually SMOKED at all. Lox is taken from the belly of the salmon, and cured in brine – not smoked. It’s usually salty – VERY salty – unlike the mild flavor of regular smoked salmon, and can be quite intense.

What we all offhandedly refer to as lox and bagels is actually cold-smoked and salted salmon (and bagels). It can come from any part of the salmon – not necessarily the belly, although that is the most tender section. So how is smoked salmon, you know, smoked? It’s first cured in salt, then later taken to be smoked. The smoking process of smoked salmon can vary widely – how much smoke is used, for how long, what type of wood.

For more info, check out our blog post: All About Lox: A Primer on Smoked Salmon.

Questions and Answers

Q:Very informative!! Love these explanations which we tend to Mis-use! married into a Jewish family and I bet ONLY my mother-in-law understood that difference. She also always asked for the belly slices at the deli~!
A:Thank you for your feedback!

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7/11/2021
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