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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagels Recipe

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagels Recipe

Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels are a delicious and easy-to-make option for breakfast or brunch. The combination of creamy cheese and smoky salmon creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you craving more.

You can customize your bagel with various toppings like cucumbers, capers, and red onions to add a fresh twist. Toasting the bagel adds a satisfying crunch that complements the smoothness of the cream cheese and the richness of the salmon.

Get ready to impress your family and friends with this simple yet elegant dish.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here’s what you need for a perfect smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.


  • Bagels: Regular or whole grain.
  • Cream Cheese: Plain or with herbs.
  • Smoked Salmon: Thinly sliced.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed.
  • Fresh Dill: Chopped.
  • Capers: Drained.
  • Red Onion: Thinly sliced.

Possible Substitutes

  • Bagels: Substitute with whole wheat or gluten-free bagels.
  • Cream Cheese: Use Greek yogurt or a vegan spread for a dairy-free option.
  • Smoked Salmon: Try lox, gravlax, or even vegan smoked “salmon”.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice also works well.
  • Fresh Dill: Use dried dill or other herbs like parsley.
  • Capers: Olives can be a good alternative.
  • Red Onion: Substitute with shallots or green onions.

You can mix and match based on what you have or prefer. Enjoy your bagel any way you like!


  1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Mixture: In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, a splash of lemon juice, chopped fresh dill, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.

  2. Toast the Bagels: Slice the bagels in half and toast them until they reach your preferred crispness. This can be done in a toaster or a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 2 minutes.

  3. Assemble the Bagels:

    • Spread a generous layer of the cream cheese mixture on each toasted bagel half.
    • Place cucumber slices, smoked salmon, and capers on top of the cream cheese.
    • Add thin slices of red onion for extra flavor.
  4. Finish and Serve:

    • Top with another sprinkle of fresh dill.
    • Optionally, squeeze a little lemon juice over the top for extra zest.

Enjoy your delightful smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels right away!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Spread Cream Cheese Evenly: Make sure to spread the cream cheese evenly on both sides of the toasted bagel. This helps hold all the toppings together.

  • Layer Thoughtfully: Start with a base of cucumbers to add a crunchy texture. Then, layer your smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and fresh dill. This keeps each bite balanced.

  • Add Lemon Juice: Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top of the salmon to enhance the flavors and add a refreshing touch.


  • Refrigerate Toppings Separately: To keep your bagel ingredients fresh, store the salmon, cream cheese, and vegetables in separate airtight containers. This prevents the bagel from getting soggy.

  • Assemble Just Before Eating: Only assemble your bagel when you’re ready to eat. This keeps everything fresh and crisp.

  • Keep Bagels Fresh: Store your bagels in a bread bag or an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For longer storage, you can freeze them. Just slice them in half first for easy toasting later.

Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy a delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel anytime!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to enjoy smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels. Here are some ideas to try.

Herb Mix-Ins:

  • Add dill, chives, or parsley to your cream cheese for extra flavor.
  • Mix in a dash of lemon juice for a tangy kick.


  • Use sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, or avocado for a fresh taste.
  • Sprinkle capers and red onion slices for a briny and sharp flavor.

Different Preparations:

  • Toast your bagel for a crispy texture.
  • For a softer bite, just warm it up lightly in an oven at 350°F (180°C).


  • Season with ground black pepper and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice over the top for a zesty finish.


  • You can drizzle a bit of honey or balsamic glaze for a sweet twist.
  • Add a few sprigs of fresh dill or microgreens for a touch of green.

Here’s a quick variation table:

Cream CheesePlainHerb-infused (dill, chive)
BagelPlainEverything Bagel
ToppingsSmoked SalmonAdd Cucumber, Tomato
SeasoningsBlack Pepper, CapersAdd Sea Salt, Lemon Juice

Feel free to mix and match these ideas to suit your taste buds! Enjoy creating your perfect smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.