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Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe: Easy and Delicious Party Favorite

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Scrumptious homemade Smoked Salmon Dip

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy appetizer, you’ve come to the right place. Smoked salmon dip is perfect for any occasion and comes together in just minutes.

With just a few simple ingredients like cream cheese, sour cream, smoked salmon, and dill, you can create a savory dip that is sure to impress. Serve it with crackers, chips, or fresh bread for a crowd-pleasing treat.

This recipe is not only quick but also versatile, allowing you to use either hot or cold smoked salmon based on your preference. So grab your ingredients and let’s get started on making this tasty dip that everyone will love!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

When making smoked salmon dip, using the right ingredients is key. Here’s what you’ll need and some possible substitutes:

Main Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese: Makes the dip creamy. You can use regular or low-fat.
  • Sour Cream: Adds tanginess. Greek yogurt can be used as a healthier option.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds richness. For a lighter dip, try using more sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • Smoked Salmon: The star ingredient. Canned salmon or even fresh cooked salmon can be used, but the smoky flavor will differ.

Flavor Additions

  • Dill: Fresh dill adds a bright taste. Dried dill works too, but use half the amount.
  • Shallots: These bring a mild onion flavor. Minced red onion or green onions are good substitutes.
  • Capers: Provide a salty, tangy bite. If you don’t have capers, try chopped pickles or olives.
  • Lemon Juice and Zest: Fresh lemon adds brightness. Lime juice can be a substitute.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Adds depth. Soy sauce or tamari can work as substitutes.


  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for bringing out the flavors. Adjust to taste.
  • Paprika: For a bit of color and mild spice. Smoked paprika can enhance the smoky flavor of the salmon.

Optional Ingredients

  • Chives: For extra oniony flavor. Green onions can be used in place of shallots if you don’t have chives.
  • Horseradish: If you like a kick, add a small amount of prepared horseradish.

Feel free to adjust as needed to suit your taste!


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:

    • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
    • 2 tbsp sour cream
    • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 2 tbsp capers
    • 4 oz smoked salmon, chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste

  2. Mix the Base:
    In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer for this.

  3. Add Flavor:
    Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, dill, shallot, and capers. Mix until everything is well combined.

  4. Incorporate Salmon:
    Gently fold in the smoked salmon. Be careful not to overmix; you want to see pieces of salmon throughout the dip.

  5. Adjust Seasoning:
    Add salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Chill and Serve:
    Transfer the dip to a serving bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

  7. Enjoy:
    Serve your smoked salmon dip with crackers, bread, vegetables, or any of your favorite dipping snacks.

Tips, Tricks & Storing


  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh smoked salmon and herbs make a big difference in taste.
  • Room Temperature Cream Cheese: Soft cream cheese blends easier and creates a creamy texture.
  • Finely Chop Ingredients: Small pieces of salmon and herbs ensure even distribution in every bite.


  • Use a Food Processor: This can quickly blend your ingredients to the right consistency.
  • Balance Flavors: Taste the dip as you go. Add more lemon juice for acidity or salt for flavor if needed.
  • Garnish Smartly: Fresh dill or extra smoked salmon on top can make your dip look and taste more appealing.


  • Refrigerate: Store your smoked salmon dip in an airtight container in the fridge. It stays fresh for up to 4 days.
  • Avoid Freezing: Freezing can ruin the texture of the creamy elements.
  • Make Ahead: You can prepare this dip in advance. Just cover and chill it until you’re ready to serve.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions


  • Extra Tangy: Add extra lemon juice or some lemon zest for a zingy flavor.
  • Herb Boost: Use a mix of fresh herbs like dill, parsley, and chives for a more aromatic dip.
  • Creamy Kick: Mix in a bit of horseradish or Dijon mustard for a spicy touch.
  • More Texture: Instead of pureeing the salmon completely, leave small chunks for a meatier texture.

Serving Suggestions

  • Crackers & Bread: Smoked salmon dip pairs well with crackers, baguette slices, or toasted pita chips.
  • Vegetable Platter: Serve with fresh veggies like cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Bagels: Spread the dip on bagels for a delicious breakfast or brunch option.
  • Stuffed Snacks: Use the dip to fill small tomatoes, cucumber cups, or even hard-boiled eggs for tasty appetizers.


  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle fresh dill, parsley, or chives on top before serving.
  • Capers: Add a few capers for an extra salty burst.
  • Lemon Slices: Serve with thin lemon slices or wedges for a decorative and flavorful touch.
  • Radish Slices: Thinly sliced radishes can add a nice crunch and a pop of color.
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.