Smoked Salmon Dip

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  • Growing tired of the same old meatball or dip appetizer when throwing a party? This Smoked Salmon Dip is elegant, packed with flavor and super simple to throw together.

    We’re always entertaining, whether it’s for the holidays or a weekend get together with friends. Because of that, I’m always looking for exciting new appetizers to serve. Sometimes you don’t need a full dinner and just want a tasty dip to snack on.

    Smoked Salmon Dip

    That’s where this smoked salmon dip recipe comes into play. Easy appetizer recipes are always something handy to keep in your recipe arsenal. And because this easy smoked salmon dip is made with simple ingredients, it makes it the perfect appetizer for any occasion.

    With only three easy steps, you can have this salmon spread ready in no time. So grab your favorite dippers and get ready to dive in.


    • Cream cheese – You can use full fat or reduced-fat block of cream cheese for this dip, just make sure it is fully softened before using.
    • Smoked salmon – This recipe is a great way to use up leftover salmon if you have some from dinner the night before. Just make sure it’s roughly chopped to get the maximum amount of salmon flavor in every bite. Otherwise, you can gran some at the seafood counter at your grocery stores.
    • Sour cream – Along with adding some tang and acidity, sour cream helps to thin this recipe out so that’s it’s more of a dip than a spread.
    • Mayonnaise – This adds a bit of tang to your salmon dip, but you can also use plain Greek yogurt to make it more of a healthy smoked salmon dip.
    • Fresh lemon juice – I always opt for fresh lemon when making recipes like this. The bottles lemon juice has a sort of aftertaste that isn’t very pleasing, plus you can get some fresh lemon zest to grate on top when you use a fresh lemon.
    • Fresh dill – Fresh herbs give the most amazing flavors to dip recipes like this. Plus the flavor of dill pairs really nicely with the salmon.
    • Fresh garlic – I almost always prefer to use fresh garlic over the jarred variety. It’s more pungent and packs more of a punch.
    • Fresh chives – Also known as green onion, we want these to finely chopped so that we aren’t getting huge chunks in the dip. Smaller pieces are better.
    • Red onion – Besides adding a hint of color to your dip, red onion also adds a crunch and a strong onion flavor to accompany the chives.
    • Capers – Capers and salmon go hand in hand, right? The fresh lemony flavor of the capers pairs so well with salmon.
    • Salt and pepper – You can use these to taste, but I prefer to use freshly ground black pepper and fine sea salt in my dip.

    How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip

    1. Blend. In the bowl of a food processor add the cream cheese, some of the salmon, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, fresh dill, and garlic. Process until combined, scrape down the sides, and pulse until smooth.
    2. Add seasonings. Add the dip to a medium bowl and fold in the remainder of the smoked salmon, chives, dill, capers, salt, and pepper. Mix with a spoon until combined.
    3. Refrigerate. Place the dip in the refrigerator and let it sit. Serve with your favorite dippers.

    Dipper Options

    You can really dip anything your heart desires into this Smoked Salmon Dip. You could even use it as a spread for bagels if you’re hosting brunch.

    However, there are a few dippers that we favor, so I’ll list them here:

    • Cucumber slices
    • Bagel chips
    • Crackers
    • Pita Chips
    • Bell peppers

    Storage and Freezing of Smoked Salmon Dip

    This smoked salmon dip is best stored in an airtight container. It can last for about 7-10 days, but check the smoked salmon package expiration date for a more exact time frame.

    It becomes a little firm when refrigerated, so let it sit out at room temperature before serving, otherwise it will be hard to scoop. If it need a little freshening up after being stored for a few days, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice and it will be just fine.

    I do not recommend freezing this dip.

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    Smoked Salmon Dip

    In under 10 minutes you can have an elegant and delicious crowd-pleasing dip with this EASY Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe! Great for parties!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Total Time10 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: salmon dip, smoked salmon dip
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 198kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • In a food processor add the cream cheese, 2 ounces of the smoked salmon, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, fresh dill, and garlic. Process until combined, scrape down the sides, and pulse until smooth.
    • Add the dip to a medium bowl and fold in the remainder of the 2 ounces of smoked salmon, chives, dill, capers, salt, and pepper. Mix with a spoon until combined.
    • Place the dip in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Serve with crackers, sliced cucumbers, bagel chips, or any of your favorite crackers and veggies.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.


    Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
    We do not recommend freezing this dip. 


    Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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