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Easy Smoked Salmon Dip for All Occasions

Smoked Salmon Dip is a mainstay of holiday party appetizer spreads. It’s rich and flavorful and everyone loves it!

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I serve my creamy Smoked Salmon Dip with baguette slices, crackers, bagel chips, or cucumber slices as an appetizer for game day parties, dinner parties, or cocktail spreads.

Because it’s soft and spreadable, It’s also great as a smoked salmon spread for bagels at brunch.

I love to make Smoked Salmon Dip for just about any holiday—Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, and more. It’s one of those easy recipes that are perfect for all sorts of special occasions.

I also love that it is super easy to make, so I can throw it together quickly and then get on with preparing my other dishes. You can even make it 2 or 3 days ahead if you are that organized! Just keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I love to use homemade Smoked Salmon in this easy smoked salmon dip, but you can certainly use store-bought smoked fish or even leftover cooked fresh salmon. I prefer hot smoked salmon in this dish over lox style.

Overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make smoked salmon dip

What ingredients do you need to make this Smoked Salmon Dip recipe?

This healthy smoked salmon dip is made with a short list of simple ingredients, but it is full of flavor.

  • Smoked salmon: Use homemade Smoked Salmon or a high quality smoked salmon that you’ve purchased. I like the smoked salmon from Costco.
  • Cream cheese: I prefer using whipped cream cheese it’s soft texture makes it easier to mix and spread.
  • Sour cream: This adds a nice tang and extra creaminess to the mix.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds just the right hit of acid to balance the richness of the other ingredients.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic is optional, but adds some nice pungent flavor.
  • Fresh dill: A touch of green herbs really brings all of the flavors together. See below for ideas for other herbs to add or substitute.
  • Salt and Pepper

How do you make it?

This recipe is so easy! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to a chunky consistency.
  2. Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the flaked salmon. Mix gently until the salmon is incorporated.
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. That’s it! Serve this easy dip chilled with baguette slices or crackers for dipping or serve it as a spread with bagels, sliced red onion, sliced tomatoes, and capers.
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This simple recipe can stand up to lots of variations. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Add a spoonful of horseradish along with the chopped salmon.
  • Try it with other fresh herbs like green onions, parsley, chervil, dill and chives.
  • Garnish with lemon slices.
  • Or add freshly grated lemon zest or a spoonful of capers.
  • If you don’t like sour cream, you can omit it and substitute full-fat plain yogurt.
  • If you don’t have smoked salmon, substitute canned salmon, cooked salmon, or even smoked trout.
low angle shot of a bowl of smoked salmon dip

What do you serve with it?

This Smoked Salmon Dip is delicious spread on bagels. Try this dip garnished with a bit of chopped dill and offer capers, sliced tomatoes, and sliced red onion for building sandwiches. Or serve it with Latkes for a special Hanukkah brunch!

This is also the best smoked salmon dip recipe to serve as an appetizer. I offer baguette slices, crostini, bagel chips, or crackers and it always disappears fast.

Low angle shot of smoked salmon dip with crackers and crudite.

More appetizers you’ll love

Round out your party spread with buffalo chicken dip or Instant Pot Hummus. Add some Homemade Pita Bread for dipping.

Don’t stop at dips, either. Add some Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Bites, Samosas, Fried Wontons, Arepas con Queso, or Air Fryer Empanadas.

If you love fish and seafood recipes like this one, I’ve got lots more where that came from! Try my Lemony Trout Spread, Sardine Salad, Miso Glazed Salmon, Fish Tacos, and Thai Fish Cakes.

For seafood lovers, check out my Camarones a la Diabla, Szechuan Shrimp, White Clam Pizza, Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings, and Bang Bang Shrimp.

low angle shot of a bowl of smoked salmon dip with baguette slices and crackers

Smoked Salmon Dip

Robin Donovan
This smoked salmon dip is easy to make and the perfect appetizer for any holiday or special occasion.
4.68 from 71 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Appetizer Recipes
Calories 127 kcal


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon flaked


  • Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, dill, and salt in a food processor and pulse to a chunky consistency.
  • Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a mixing bowl and add the salmon. Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve chilled with baguette slices, crackers, bagel chips, or cucumber slices for dipping or serve as a spread with bagels, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, and capers.


Serving: 1Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 470mgSugar: 1g
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By on November 5th, 2021
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Robin Donovan is the creative force behind All Ways Delicious. She's a writer, recipe developer, photographer, and cookbook author with more than 40 books to her name, including the bestselling Ramen for Beginners, Ramen Obsession, and Campfire Cuisine. Her work has been featured in major publications, both print and digital, including MSN, Cooking Light, Fitness, Buzzfeed, and Eating Well. More about Robin

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2 thoughts on “Easy Smoked Salmon Dip for All Occasions”

  1. This was super easy and so yummy! I’d didn’t feel like washing my food processor afterwards (lol), so I just combined it with a hand mixer until it was kinda chunky and then folded in the salmon, and it turned out great too!


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