Smoked Salmon Dip

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

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Smoked Salmon Dip is an elegant appetizer bursting with bold flavors. The smokiness of the salmon really shines through the zesty cream cheese loaded with capers, herbs, and spices. An easy but impressive hors d’oeuvre!

Got an upcoming dinner party? Treat your guests to these Fondant Potatoes, Wine Roasted Beef Tenderloin, and the Perfect Crème Brûlée for dessert! All of these look beautiful on the table and taste even better.

Easy Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip is seriously 100% better than anything you can buy at the store. Those ready-made ones are usually bland and only have the faintest hint of cured fish. Not this recipe!

We’re using great ingredients like lemon juice plus zest, freshly-chopped herbs, high-quality cream cheese, and real cured salmon. We’re not holding back on the flavors!

Make sure you use the highest-quality smoked salmon available because it really defines the taste of this dip. Aside from tasting heavenly, it also looks sophisticated when plated up. No one will guess that it only took you a few minutes from start to finish!

Smoked Salmon Dip Ingredients:

  • For the creamy base: For the zestiest and creamiest base, we’re combining cream cheese with the richness of mayo and tangy sour cream. Perking up the creaminess is the juice and zest of one lemon. Horseradish, garlic, green onion, and a dash of hot sauce add savory bite. Capers bring tangy saltiness while fresh dill gives it a bright finish. Set some kosher salt aside so you can adjust the seasoning.
  • Salmon: Get the best product you can get. We want that fresh smokiness to be the star flavor of the dish.
  • Garnishes: Capers, thinly-sliced lemons, and more chopped fresh dill

How to make the best Smoked Salmon Dip?

  1. Combine the cream cheese base. Blend the components of the cream cheese base together. Go for a mostly smooth consistency instead of completely smooth. Also, a few small chunks of capers are fine.
  2. Blend in the salmon. After scraping down the mixture, add the pieces of smoked fish. Pulse finely until incorporated well.
  3. Season. Add kosher salt to taste.
  4. Garnish and serve as desired. Lastly, arrange garnishes on top and serve.

Recipe Variations and substitutions: 

  • Make it healthier: For a healthier version, sub the sour cream and mayo with Greek yogurt.
  • Make it spicier: Blend in some chopped jalapenos or cayenne pepper into the base.
  • Use flavored cream cheese: Load up the dip with more flavors using garlic one or herbed cream cheese.
  • Add nuts: Also, for more texture, add pine nuts or whatever nuts you prefer. 
  • Bacon: Want some crunchy bacon flavor?! Then, feel free to add some bacon crumbs. You can also make your own bacon at home

What to serve with smoked salmon dip?

Serve the dip in a bowl surrounded by crostini, crackers, beer bread, or brioche bread. . It also tastes amazing with herby or plain breadsticks.

You can also use sliced fresh bagels, rolls, toasted bagel chips, or baguettes. Fresh vegetables like celery, carrots, and raw broccoli also taste amazing with this dip.

Can you eat smoked salmon straight from the packet?

Yes. The smoking process thoroughly cooks the fish. So, feel free to sneak a few bites while you’re making this dish!

How long does smoked salmon dip last in the refrigerator?

It depends on the type of cured fish you use. Consume the dish within two days if you’re using cold-smoked.

The hot-smoked variety allows the dish to last longer, up to five to seven days.

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Recipe Tips:

  • If making ahead of time, use the hot-smoked variety because it lasts longer once out of the packet. Then, when ready to serve, let it reach room temperature so it’s scoopable instead of too firm.
  • Also, this dip is nice when the texture is a little chunky with bits of capers or bacon bits. 
  • Don’t forget the mayo and splash of sour cream. The sour cream loosens up the cream, while the mayo makes it richer.
  • Use block cream cheese, not the spreadable kind because it won’t give you the correct consistency. 
  • Before beginning with the recipe, let your cream cheese come to room temperature. Because this makes it easy to incorporate with the rest of the ingredients. If it is too cold, you may end up with pockets of plain cream cheese in the finished product.
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5 from 5 reviews

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip is an elegant appetizer bursting with bold flavors. The smokiness of the salmon really shines through the zesty cream cheese loaded with capers, herbs, and spices.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 mins




Nutrition information

Calories: 182 Carbohydrates: 5 Protein: 8 Fat: 14 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 36 Sodium: 471 Potassium: 186 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 332 Vitamin C: 2 Calcium: 88 Iron: 1
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Mar Wahrer

Such a deliciously unique dip idea! It would make a fantastic appetizer for Thanksgiving or a holiday party.


Sarah Bailey

Yes please. I have a real soft spot for anything salmon so this would be right up my street, I definitely need to give it a whirl!


Pam Wattenbarger

I bet this would be a great dip to serve for Thanksgiving or for any upcoming holiday parties!


Talya Stone

I love anything smoked salmon so am sold on this dip! I think I would probably hoover up the whole lot myself it looks so good.


Ruth I

That looks yum! I love salmon.that dipping sauce looks incredible. So many flavor for that dipping sauce. I'm interested! I'll definitely try this one!


Jennifer Van Haitsma

Yum this sounds delicious! I am a big fan of almost any kind of dip, so we will have to try this.



I love the sound of it dip. It's full of flavours I really love and that combine well.


Terri A Steffes

We love salmon and I know that this would be a popular choice at my house. I think it would be a great entertaining dish, too.


Gervin Khan

It looks really delicious! I haven't even tried this but by just looking at it makes me think that it's actually good!



Yum. Sounds really tasty and good



This is a delicious, yet simple recipe.



What a lovely dip recipe. Simple yet so tasty. I will definitely make this for my family. Thanks for sharing this.



Hi, please give us a print button. I don't want to save it. I prefer to save recipes I like in an old fashioned file. Thank you


Hi, you can print the recipe, there is a button in the recipe card under the photo.



I'm so sorry! I searched and searched. Now, there it is! I'm sorry. Thank you for the recipe


This dip is so ideal to prepare especially during at home celebrations. Perfect for the holiday season dining feast too!


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