Smoked Salmon Dip

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This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

smoked salmon dip

If you’re ever in need of a festive and elegant dish to make for a party (and aren’t we all right about now?), this smoked salmon dip will really save the day. You can serve it with crackers and cocktails or set it out on a brunch buffet with bagels and other fixings — either way, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser. Even my husband, a true blue New Yorker and self-proclaimed expert on all things smoked fish related, gives it a big thumbs up. What’s more, it’s really easy to make. You’ll love how quickly you can check it off your holiday to-do list! Another plus for this dip is that it can be made a few days ahead of time and refrigerated.

What you’ll need to make smoked salmon dip

ingredients

How to make smoked salmon dip

Begin by combining the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Tabasco and capers in the bowl of a food processor.

cream cheese and capers

Pulse to blend.

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Add the smoked salmon, chives, and dill

salmon, chives, and dill

Pulse until the salmon is finely chopped.

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Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. That’s all there is to it — enjoy!

ready to serve

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Smoked Salmon Dip

This elegant smoked salmon dip is delicious on crackers — or serve it on a brunch buffet with bagels.

Servings: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon Tasbasco
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, and Tabasco in a food processor fitted with the metal blade; pulse until blended. Add the salmon, dill and chives and pulse, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, until the salmon is finely chopped. Taste and add salt, if necessary (I usually add about ¼ teaspoon, but it depends on the saltiness of the smoked salmon). Serve as a dip with crackers or bagel chips, or as a spread with bagels.
  2. Make ahead: This dip can be made a few days ahead of time. However, it gets quite firm in the fridge so let it sit out at room temperature before serving, otherwise it will be hard to scoop.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • Mine turned out too liquidy and dip-like as opposed to a spread. Also, no real “smokey” flavor

    • — Dean on May 7, 2022
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  • Just made this as an appetizer to go with ham. Delicious–once again, Jen, a hit! Serving with rustic flatbread bites and cucumbers as one reader suggested. Both are great!

    • — Glorianne Naughton on April 24, 2022
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  • To make just 1 cup, do I just half the ingredients?

    • — Susan on March 28, 2022
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    • Yup!

      • — Jenn on March 29, 2022
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  • Made this exactly as written and it is really delicious! I used a cold smoked Alaskan Wild Caught salmon. 🤤

    • — Lisa on March 12, 2022
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  • Fantastic addition to Super Bowl Sunday! Works well spread on a cucumber slice.

    • — David on February 16, 2022
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  • I made this exactly as written and it is delicious!

    • — Gail Farmer on February 13, 2022
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  • Just made this for tomorrow afternoon sunset happy hour. I wanted it a bit more dense then pictured so I reduced cream cheese to about 6 oz., and did large spoonsful each of mayo and non-fat plain greek yogurt (substituted for the sour cream). Friends don’t like dill so omitted that and added an extra T of chopped green onion (which I substituted for chive).

    Usually don’t write reviews when I do substitutions since it’s really not the same recipe, but since the subs are so similar, I thought I would. It just happened to be what I had on hand.

    Can’t wait to try tomorrow…but tastes great right now!!

    • — Lori on February 12, 2022
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  • very nice recipe thanks Jenn!!

    • — Roger Dale Steensma on February 6, 2022
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  • The recipes here are great but I have looked everywhere for the ingredients and measurements for this salmon-cream cheese dip. okaay sounds good but no recipe.

    • — Barry Clompus on February 5, 2022
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    • Hi Barry, It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions underneath. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe. Alternatively, at the very top of the page, to the right of the recipe name, you’ll see an orange/red button that says Jump to Recipe – if you click on that, it will take you directly to the recipe. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on February 7, 2022
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  • I made this last night with salmon that I catch and hot smoke…it was awesome! There were 4 of us having snacks before dinner and the salmon dip was the first to go! Glad I kept half for myself in the fridge at home.

    • — Shawn on January 5, 2022
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  • Sooo Good! I added 8 ozs total of smoked salmon and 4 Tbsp of chopped red onion, then ground Worcestershire and Dill Weed, but excluded the Tabasco (hubby’s not a fan) and chives. Winner at my house. We always loved J Alexander’s Smoked Salmon Dip but we moved and there isn’t a convenient location. Guess finding a JA location won’t be necessary anymore. This recipe is all we need. Thank you!

    • — Donna on December 29, 2021
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  • Wow. So good. We did a little less tobasco, but cannot rave enough about this recipe. It was a huge hit at the holiday party. Bonus points to us, we caught and smoked the salmon we used!

    • — Ashlee antonelli on December 26, 2021
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  • This recipe is amazing!! I followed it as it is, at first I was disappointed because it tasted too much like cream cheese. However, I let it sit in the fridge for Christmas today and the flavors combined to a smoky creamy and delicious dip. Thank you!!

    • — Tina on December 24, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn! Can I use a vegan cream cheese for this recipe? Violife or Daiya brand. Thank you!

    • — Colleen on December 16, 2021
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    • Hi Colleen, I’ve never used a vegan cream cheese so I can’t say for sure how it will impact the consistency/taste — sorry I can’t be more helpful. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on December 16, 2021
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  • WASTE OF SALMON. Should be called cream cheese dip! If you have good smoked salmon don’t dilute it down with so much cream cheese and Mayo.

    • — Chuck on December 12, 2021
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  • Delicious! I do recommend cutting the dill in half or more because it can overpower the dip if not eaten the same day. Overall, absolutely delicious and a total crowd-pleaser. Served with crackers and also had a plate with roasted, halved fingerling potatoes, topped with this dip and a teeny bit of caviar on each potato. Guests loved it. Many requests for the recipe.

    • — S From DC on December 7, 2021
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    • Wow, your version sounds fantastic! Are the potatoes hot or room temp?

      • — simone on January 4, 2022
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  • So delicious! Served it with crackers and crostini – huge hit with all my guests. I did not need to add any salt as my salmon was plenty salty. I would suggest tasting before you season this dip. Will definitely make again!

    • — Terri F on December 1, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn. What brand(s) of smoked salmon would you recommend for this dip? Thanks! Tracy

    • — Tracy Driscoll on November 16, 2021
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    • Hi Tracy, I’ve used Blue Hill Bay brand when I make this. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 17, 2021
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  • I made this for a party. Everyone loved it! I will definitely make this again.

    • — Pam on September 16, 2021
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  • Just made today! I had some fresh salmon (4-6 oz) that I seasoned with lemon/pepper seasoning and I baked at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. I flaked that baked salmon apart and added to the cream cheese mixture. I did omit the lemon juice to prevent sour taste. The overall results were amazing!

    • — Erica C on September 16, 2021
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  • Delicious! Highly recommend!

    • — Connie on September 12, 2021
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  • What an elegant appetizer! It was very easy to make and had great flavors!

    • — Jennifer McKlveen on July 17, 2021
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