Smoked Salmon Dip

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Smoked salmon is wonderfully versatile; sandwiches, soups, and eaten on its own, it is delicious. Perhaps the best way to enjoy it, though, is to use it to make a smoked salmon dip!

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked salmon is basically a magical fish; it is tasty, obviously, but it also has this base flavor of slight creaminess that makes everything wonderful the moment you add it.

While smoked salmon might be most famously enjoyed on a bagel, making a tasty, fishy, and fatty sandwich spread is definitely a top contender for the best ways to use this smoked fish.

The addition of some chives, capers, and fresh dill turns this into a really savory and fresh spread that feels amazingly filling for lunch or as a snack.                           

ingredients for smoked salmon dip

Smoked Salmon Dip Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Cream cheese – low fat will have a different quality but can be used

• Smoked salmon – the best quality makes for the best dip

• Capers

• Chives

• Fresh dill

• Heavy whipping cream

• Worcestershire sauce

• Cayenne pepper

• Fresh lemon juice

processing smoked salmon dip in a food processor

How To Make Smoked Salmon Spread

• Process cream cheese in a food processor to soften it completely

• Add in salmon, capers, chives, dill, cream, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice

• Process the mixture again until creamy and smooth.

bowl of smoked salmon dip with a pretzel in it

What Should you Serve This Smoked Salmon Dip With?

I love to use this dip as a sandwich spread, ideally wedged between two slices of really high-quality sourdough bread or on a bagel!

But what else could you serve this with?

If you were planning on serving this as a dip at a party, you could instead use any kind of salty, crunchy snack like a Ritz cracker or a pretzel but you can pobably reach more for the fancier stuff, such as the kinds of crackers you might find at a cheese tasting.

Or, you could just eat it with a spoon.

Just make sure no one is watching.

smoked salmon dip spread on a bagel

Could You Use Other Types Of Fish Besides Smoked Salmon?

Smoked salmon is a very common choice for these kinds of dips; pretty much every similar recipe uses smoked salmon instead of any other fish.

A big reason for this is because of just how versatile smoked salmon can be – it is able to be basically incorporated into any dish and lend its salty, savory, and almost creamy flavor to everything.

There is nothing stopping you from using other fish, though!

Why not try replacing the smoked salmon in this recipe with some smoked trout instead? It might not seem like that big a difference, but the flavor change will definitely be noticeable.

Another great option is some smoked mackerel; slightly spicier and oily, mackerel gives every dish a sort of Norwegian feel to it.

Whatever you choose to use, definitely do prefer using smoked fish; the smokiness just works so well in this recipe that you cannot skip it. 

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Smoked Salmon Dip

How to make a creamy, flavor-packed smoked salmon dip that is amazing for parties and gatherings with crackers and bread cubes, or simply slathered on a bagel for your own meal!
5 from 2 votes
Karlynn Johnston


  • one 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon chopped
  • ¼ cup capers or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chives Optional
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice


  • Process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth and all lumps are gone. This is easiest when you have soft cream cheese to start, don't use cold!
  • Add in the smoked salmon, some of the capers, chives, dill, cream, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. Process the mixture again until creamy and smooth.
  • Taste test and add more capers if desired and adjust all seasonings to taste.
  • Serve as a dip with crackers, breads or slather all over a bagel and call it a meal!
  • This must be kept refrigerated.

Recipe Notes

  • Season this to taste and enjoy! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 173mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 214IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Marion Ruzek says

    I use cut up smoked salmon ,in my tuna salad, adds a little salt and smoked flavor
    . marion Ruzek

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