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Lox Is Not Smoked Salmon

Lox and Smoked Salmon: Not Exactly the Same Thing

Though the terms "smoked salmon" and "lox" are used interchangeably, they're in fact, not quite the same thing. Real lox (also called belly lox) refers to the midsection of a salmon that's simply been cured in a salt brine; consequently, it possesses a saltier flavor than what many of us associate with smoked salmon.

Part of the confusion arises from the use of the term "Nova lox" or "Nova salmon," which originally referred to the lightly cured and cold-smoked salmon that hailed from Nova Scotia.

Today, smoked salmon is often prepared using wild and farm-raised salmon from both the Atlantic as well as the Pacific — and modern-day usage of the term has further blurred the distinction between lox, Nova lox, and smoked salmon. Did you know the distinction between the two?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
muse, thanks for the tip! Bookmarking it. :-P
muse2323 muse2323 6 years
Susannah--Next time you're down by San Luis Obispo, detour through little Los Osos; there's a garden cafe (brunch & lunch) there that serves some excellent lox, possibly the best I've had. I think they said it was made locally.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
muse2323, I agree -- it's hard to find real lox here on the West Coast. Does anyone know where to find it? I only know you can get it online at Russ and Daughters, the famous New York appetizing store.
muse2323 muse2323 6 years
Yes. I have a friend who smokes his own salmon and shares it with us, but I can't find anyone in town who makes lox (odd, because we live on the West Coast and salmon fishing is a favorite enterprise in the summer).
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