Are you wondering what to serve with smoked salmon?
We have the answer.
No matter what the occasion, smoked salmon is a great thing to have on hand.
You can serve it on a charcuterie board, tuck slices into an avocado salad, or just dice it up and eat it with a spoon (we won’t tell).
But if you want to take your salmon game to the next level and make it the star of the meal, then you’ll want to make sure you serve it with complimentary flavors.
Luckily for you, we’ve done all the flavor pairing research for you!
So, without further ado… drum roll please… here are our top picks for what to serve with smoked salmon!
What to Eat with Smoked Salmon
Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just having a casual night in, smoked salmon is one of the most versatile and flavorful foods out there.
But what do you serve with it?
We’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of some delicious and easy sides to eat with smoked salmon:
This fresh-tasting dish is perfect for summer barbecues or winter potlucks, and it comes together in no time at all.
Just slice some tomatoes and mozzarella, layer them with basil leaves, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
The great thing about caprese salad is that it’s easy to bring to parties—just leave out the olive oil and vinegar until right before serving.
If you want to be really fancy, use heirloom tomatoes instead of regular red ones.
Sweet potato fries are a great option if you’re looking for something with a little bit of sweetness to balance out the smokiness of the salmon.
- To serve these as part of a meal, just slice your sweet potatoes into French fry-sized pieces, then toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes until they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
- Serve with your smoked salmon!
If you want to take this dish to the next level, drizzle some maple syrup over the fries before serving.
3. Garlic bread
You know, garlic bread is one of the most popular foods to serve with smoked salmon.
And it’s easy to see why: it’s tasty, delicious, and easy to make.
Here are some tips for how to do just that:
To make garlic bread, all you need is a loaf of bread, some butter or olive oil (or both), and fresh garlic.
- You can use whatever kind of bread you want, but we recommend something crusty like a baguette or a sourdough loaf.
- Slice your bread into slices about 1/2-inch thick.
- Then mix together your butter or oil with minced garlic and spread it on the bread slices.
- If you’re using butter, put them in the oven at about 350F until the butter melts—this should only take a few minutes.
- If you’re using oil, just toast them until they start to crisp up a little bit—again, this will only take a few minutes.
And that’s all there is to it!
One thing we’d like to add is that some people like to add cheese and herbs on top before putting the bread in the oven—it’s totally up to you!
4. Deviled eggs
One of the best foods to serve with smoked salmon is deviled eggs.
These are a simple, delicious way to bring out the range of flavors in smoked salmon and provide a nice contrast that elevates the dish.
- To make them, start by hard-boiling your eggs and peeling their shells.
- Then you want to cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out the yolks. Set the whites aside on a plate or serving platter.
- Mash up the yolks and mix in some mayonnaise and mustard powder until you get a good consistency.
- Put this mixture back into the whites, sprinkle on some paprika, and top it off with a piece of smoked salmon on each one.
Tip: You can also add some finely chopped pickles or capers if you want an extra tangy flavor.
Arugula salad is a great option for smoked salmon.
It’s easy to make, uses ingredients you probably already have on hand, and is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
- To make this work in your meal, just combine some arugula, cherry tomatoes, and pine nuts for a yummy salad.
- Top it all off with some balsamic vinaigrette dressing and—yum!
Don’t forget to add some smoked salmon on top of the salad for an extra-special treat!
This is a favorite of ours because it goes well with any type of fish and is easy enough for even the most inexperienced cook to prepare.
We also love that it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients like breadcrumbs or fish gel—just a simple potato and bunch of dill leaves, wrapped in foil and baked at 400° for about 45 minutes until tender.
Cucumber salad is a great option for you if you want to enjoy your smoked salmon in a meal that’s light and refreshing, but still has plenty of flavor.
This is a great option if you’re looking to pair it with something that will make the salmon stand out even more than it already does.
It’s simple, fresh, and tasty!
- The best way to make cucumber salad work in a meal is to start by slicing the cucumbers very thin, so they have an almost paper-like consistency.
- Then add some salt and pepper (or whatever other spices you like best), and mix them together until they’re evenly coated.
You can eat the cucumber salad on its own, but we think it goes even better when you spread it out on crackers or toast and top it off with some smoked salmon.
If you’re looking for an easy food to serve with smoked salmon, this is a great choice.
Baguette is a French bread with a crusty exterior and soft, chewy interior.
It’s made with only three ingredients: flour, water, and yeast.
Buttery baguette goes great with smoked salmon because the bread can so easily soak up the rich oils in salmon.
It makes for a perfect bite!
Here’s how to make sure this food works in your meal:
- If you’re serving it as an appetizer or snack, keep it easy by just slicing up some baguette and adding it to your plate or platter.
- If you’re serving it as part of a meal, add some butter and maybe even some herbs to your bread!
Brussels sprouts are a great choice for this meal because they’re easy to prepare and go well with fish.
By cooking them in lemon juice and olive oil, you can make them even more delicious.
The capers add another layer of flavor that really brings out their best side.
Finally, if you want to add a little bit of extra flair, we recommend garnishing the sprouts and salmon with fresh parsley.
This small touch will really complete your meal!
10. Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a great option because they’re easy to make and go with pretty much everything!
All you need is some russet potatoes, butter, milk, garlic (which you can use fresh or garlic powder), salt, and pepper.
- First, peel the potatoes, rinse them off, and chop them into bite-sized pieces.
- Then put them in a large pot of water and bring it to a boil.
- After that, drain the potatoes and add the butter, milk, garlic (or garlic powder), salt, and pepper.
- Mash everything together until it’s creamy.
Now that your mashed potatoes are done, here’s a tip: If you want to add some extra flavor to mashed potatoes while they’re cooking, throw in some sautéed onions or roasted garlic!
11. Kale salad
Kale salad is perfect for when you want something light and fresh to go along with your smoked salmon.
Kale salads are often served with lemon juice and olive oil, which complement the flavor of smoked salmon well.
They can be dressed up or down depending on what kind of meal you’re serving—they work just as well at a casual dinner party as they do at a formal one!
If you’re making a kale salad, remember this tip: always massage your kale before dressing it! Kale is a hearty green and has a tendency to be tough to chew if eaten raw—massaging it softens the leaves and makes them far more palatable.
Bruschetta is a great option for any time of day, but it works especially well for brunch or dinner.
If you’re planning to pair it with smoked salmon, we recommend making the bruschetta with some of your favorite bread—maybe a crusty whole wheat, or even a soft baguette!—and topping it with avocado and tomatoes.
Here’s a tip: try adding some minced red onion and garlic to your bruschetta, and sprinkling some fresh oregano on top!
Sometimes you need to take a break from the same old bagel and cream cheese, or maybe you’re just looking for some variety.
Either way, cornbread is an awesome choice.
It’s great by itself, but it can also be dressed up as a vehicle for other foods.
Whether you spread honey butter on it or top it with bacon and avocado, cornbread is a great way to add some excitement to your meal.
Here’s a tip: make sure you buy cornbread in the bakery section of the grocery store! That way you know it’s going to be fresh, and that’s important when you’re eating the best smoked salmon out there.
If you’re looking for something that’s delicious but also super easy, roasted asparagus might just be your answer.
The key is to keep things simple with this recipe.
- Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F and washing your asparagus in the meantime.
- Lay the stalks out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil and drizzle them generously with olive oil.
- Sprinkle on salt and pepper, then place the tray in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until browned and tender.
When serving your smoked salmon, plate it up with a few stalks of roasted asparagus and drizzle both with a little lemon juice for extra zest!
15. Plain Ol’ White Rice
White rice is a great sidekick for smoked salmon because it’s simple and it lets the flavor of the fish shine through.
It goes well with any type of smoked salmon and is especially delicious if you add a little bit of butter, salt, and pepper.
It pairs well with almost any other side dish too.
What does this mean for your next meal? It means you can spend less time planning what to serve with your salmon and more time enjoying a delicious meal!
Pasta is easy and versatile—you can make it in so many different ways!
If you’re feeling fancy, try a version with caviar and dill.
If you’re going for something more classic, just toss it with some lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic before adding the smoked salmon on top.
Either way, you’ll end up with an easy meal that’s perfect for any occasion.
A tip: Make sure you save some of the pasta water from cooking!
It has starch in it that will help fill out the sauce and keep everything creamy without having to use cream (which would make it too heavy).
This refreshing salad is not only easy to prepare, but it also goes great with smoked salmon.
You’ll need 1 English cucumber, 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, ¼ cup of red onion, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar.
- Slice the cucumber into long thin slices.
- Add the onion and dill.
- Whisk together the oil and vinegar in a small bowl, then pour over the vegetables.
- Toss gently to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
18. Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is quick and easy to make.
All you have to do is pop it in the microwave or boil it on the stove!
It’s also really versatile.
- Don’t like plain corn? Mix up your seasoning!
- Go for a classic butter spread, or maybe something a little more exotic like chili powder or tamari sauce.
- You can even mix in some of your smoked salmon!
And of course, the key to a chance at winning over your guests (or at least making them think twice before they scoff) is presentation.
You could wrap your corn in foil, but have you ever tried wrapping it in bacon instead?
It’s really simple: just cut strips of bacon to length and wrap them around each ear of corn.
This not only adds flavor, but also gives you something to hold onto as you eat it (which makes things much neater). So give it a try—and bon appetit!
Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the best options out there—and they’re a great choice if you want something that will work at any time of day.
You can make them for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast!
When it comes to pairing smoked salmon with a grilled cheese sandwich, here’s our go-to:
- First, make sure the bread is sturdy enough to support the weight of the fish.
- If you have some leftover sourdough bread or ciabatta, cut it into thick slices and toast it up.
- Then just add your favorite cheese (we love cheddar), and throw on some smoked salmon.
- If you want an extra kick, spread on some mustard before adding the smoked salmon—it’ll give the flavors a much needed boost.
And as far as tips go—you can’t go wrong with fresh choppped dill!
20. Potato Chips
If you’re looking for something to serve as a side dish or as part of an appetizer, potato chips can be a great option.
They’re inexpensive and easy to find in most grocery stores.
Simply open the bag and pour them onto your plate—you don’t even have to worry about cooking them!
If you want to make it look a little nicer, you can put the potato chips into a bowl that matches your table setting.
To make this work well in your meal, pair it with some fresh vegetables, like cucumbers or tomatoes.
This way you can balance out the saltiness of the potato chips with the freshness of the vegetables.
If you have guests over, consider making this into an appetizer instead of serving it as part of a meal.
Put out some dip along with the potato chips and smoked salmon and put it on one side of your table, while putting the rest of your food on the other side.
Rice crackers are light and easy to eat with smoked salmon, but they don’t compromise on flavor at all.
They can be eaten by themselves as a snack, or filled with hummus for a balanced meal. (Or you can even just put them in the fridge and take them out when you like, because if it’s good enough for sushi, it’s good enough for rice crackers.)
22. Cucumber slices
This is a go-to option for just about any occasion.
It’s super easy to prepare, and it goes with pretty much everything—including smoked salmon!
Just slice up some fresh cukes, and eat them with your favorite meal.
A pro tip? If you’re making a meal around smoked salmon (like the classic bagel + cream cheese + smoked salmon combo), try to keep it simple.
When you pair this treat with something like cucumbers or capers, you’ll be able to taste the delicious flavor of the fish as it was meant to be enjoyed.
23. Avocado toast
Serve up some delicious avocado toast topped with smoked salmon, tomatoes and onions.
This is not only a healthy dish, but also one that will impress your guests at your next dinner party.
Here’s what you do:
- Toast some bread, and mash up an avocado with a fork.
- Spread the avocado on the toast, add some salt and pepper, and maybe a little olive oil.
- You’re done!
Now, if you want to get fancy, here’s how:
- Add some red pepper flakes, lemon juice, or whatever else you want to the avocado mixture before spreading it on the toast.
- Top with smoked salmon
- Try adding goat cheese or pesto instead of or in addition to the avocado
24. Fried rice
Try fried rice!
Fried rice is an excellent option when you need something fast and easy, but don’t want to sacrifice flavor.
- To make it work in a meal, start by making the fried rice.
- Then cut your smoked salmon into bite-sized pieces and add them to the fried rice.
- Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and serve immediately.
Tip: If you’re making this for dinner, we recommend serving with a nice green salad (we recommend kale) tossed with a simple vinaigrette dressing.
This meal works well as an appetizer or a light lunch, but the real key here is to make sure you’re serving smoked salmon that’s cut into small pieces.
This allows you to easily spread the salmon over the pasta, and ensures that your guests will get a bite that includes both flavors.
Once you’ve prepared this dish and taken care to ensure every bite has both pasta and salmon, let it cool slightly before serving.
While it’s still warm, the flavors come together without overpowering one another.
When it cools down, though, the texture of the salmon changes and can overwhelm the smoother texture of the pasta.
Looking for some color or variation?
Try slicing up some cherry tomatoes and adding them to the mix!
What to Eat with Smoked Salmon Slices
Smoked salmon slices are a delicious addition to many kinds of dishes.
What could be better than smoked salmon slices on their own?
Well, you can add them to pasta, salads, pizza, sandwiches, or even stuff them inside a baked potato.
Smoked salmon slices go well with many other flavors, including dill, lemon, capers, and cream cheese.
Well, here’s a few of our favorite things to eat with smoked salmon slices:
Cream cheese, capers, and smoked salmon slices are such a classic combination for a reason—they just go together perfectly.
We love to add a bit of lemon zest to this combo for extra acidity, but it’s delicious even without.
Avocado toast is popular for a reason: it’s simple and elegant and goes with just about anything.
We love to top our avocado toast with an egg, or even some goat cheese (if we’re feeling really fancy).
But if you want something that’s easy to throw together but still feels like you’re treating yourself, smoked salmon is the perfect addition!
A classic combination, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon slices are the ideal brunch dish when you feel like treating yourself at home.
Want to make it fancier?
Try making an omelette instead of scrambled eggs, or even try quiche!
What to Eat with Smoked Salmon for Breakfast
Does the thought of having smoked salmon for breakfast sound a little fishy?
Well, you’re not alone.
The idea of eating a thinly-sliced slab of smoked fish at the start of your day isn’t exactly intuitive.
But as it turns out, there’s more than enough room for smoked salmon on an English-style breakfast plate—you just need to know where to begin.
From roasted potatoes to crepes and avocado toast, there are so many options when it comes to matching smoked salmon with your favorite breakfast foods.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are our top 10 things to eat with smoked salmon for breakfast:
If you’re looking for something to eat with your smoked salmon that’s a little more hearty, a slice of avocado toast is a perfect option.
It can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be—from lightly-toasted bread with mashed avocado and a bit of salt and pepper, to a more involved preparation involving multiple flavors and textures.
One way to make this work is to add the salmon (either on the toast or on the side) while keeping the whole meal pretty simple.
You could do an avocado toast with smoked salmon, capers, and lemon juice and call it done, or even just top avocado toast with smoked salmon and pepper.
If you want something a little more interesting, try adding sliced radishes to your avocado toast before putting the salmon on top.
The radish pairs perfectly with the fish without overwhelming the dish, but adds a nice crunchy texture that keeps things from getting too soft or mushy.
Finish everything off with some crumbled feta cheese for a satisfying salty bite!
Pro tip: If you’re eating this for breakfast, try serving it with an egg on top for extra protein!
Crepes are a great option when you’re looking for something light and fluffy to match your smoked salmon.
To make it work in a meal, start by cooking up the crepes with your batter of choice (we recommend this one).
Keep them warm in the oven while you cook the rest of your breakfast, then layer your smoked salmon on top with a generous amount of cream cheese or yogurt cheese.
If you want to make things sweet, add some berries and honey!
If you don’t have time to make crepes from scratch, you can always use a store-bought batter and buy pre-made smoked salmon at the market.
If you’re already a fan of potatoes with your breakfast, then you might want to try making a batch of roasted potatoes to go along with your salmon.
Roasted potatoes are already delicious and satisfying.
But when you pair them with pink, salty smoked salmon, they’re taken to the next level!
To make this combo work in a meal, start by roasting your potatoes according to standard practice (a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper on top, and then tossed in the oven).
While they’re roasting, slice up some smoked salmon into strips or bite-sized pieces.
When your potatoes are nice and crisp, pile them high on your plate with the salmon sprinkled all over.
You can even drizzle some sour cream or Greek yogurt over the whole thing if you want!
4. Eggs (any style)
If you’re looking to add a little protein to your smoked salmon breakfast, eggs are the perfect way to do it.
They work with almost any preparation of smoked salmon, whether you’re using a classic lox-style preparation, or something a little more creative.
All you need to do is decide how you like your eggs!
If you’re wondering how to make smoked salmon and eggs work together in one meal, the answer is simple: just add them together!
Try making scrambled eggs and mixing cubed chunks of smoked salmon into them before serving.
Or if you prefer something with a runny yolk, try placing a few slices of smoked salmon on top of your fried egg for a delicious combination.
You can even add some scrambled eggs on top of your lox bagel sandwich for an extra-filling meal.
If you want to keep things simple, just serve your favorite style of egg with some smoked salmon on the side.
No matter what you choose, this is sure to be a winning combination!
If you’re looking for something refreshing to eat with that smoked salmon, why not try some yogurt with pears and honey?
It’s a delightfully sweet treat that will leave you feeling satisfied.
A bit of yogurt on your plate can be a perfect partner for the smoky flavor of salmon.
- The trick is to keep it light: the last thing you want to do is weigh down a healthy breakfast like this one.
- A simple fruit-and-honey drizzle works perfectly well: just sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the top and you’re ready to go!
If you want an even lighter option, try an unsweetened Greek yogurt.
You’ll get all the benefits without any extra sugar!
Mashed avocado with lemon juice and black pepper on toast is a great way to eat smoked salmon for breakfast.
This meal works so well because the smoked salmon and avocado both have a buttery texture, while the lemon juice and black pepper add some brightness and spice.
When you make this dish, try toasting your bread until it’s nice and crispy, since a softer bread might not be able to hold up to the weight of the mashed avocado.
You can also add some chives or dill on top of your avocado toast for an extra kick!
7. Fried Eggs with Sauteed Kale, Mushrooms, and Onions on Toast
Fried eggs with sauteed kale, mushrooms, and onions on toast is a great way to start your day.
If you’re worried about the price of smoked salmon, remember that a little goes a long way! Just two ounces can be enough to feel satisfied.
To help make sure you don’t run out of smoked salmon before your next shopping trip, it’s helpful to buy in bulk.
This can end up being cheaper than buying multiple small packages.
A vegetable frittata is an excellent match for smoked salmon.
It’s also super quick and easy to prepare—just scramble eggs with your veggies of choice and bake it up in a pie plate or muffin tin.
You can top it with a dollop of sour cream just before serving, if you like.
9. Bagels with Cream Cheese and Capers or Chopped Onions (or Both!)
Bagels are a great choice if you want to make your smoked salmon last.
The key is to top the bagel with cream cheese and capers or chopped onions (or both!), then layer the smoked salmon on top.
This lets you make the smoked salmon a little less central to the meal, so you don’t feel like you have to eat it all at once—you can have it with breakfast if you’re feeling particularly hungry, or save it for a snack later in the day if that’s what works better for you.
You can even add a smear of butter on your bagel before adding the cream cheese, which will help cut through some of the fat of the smoked salmon.
10. Sourdough Bread Topped with Cream Cheese, Lemon Zest, and Smoked Salmon
One of our favorite ways to enjoy smoked salmon is tucked in between two slices of sourdough bread with a smear of cream cheese and a few slivers of red onion.
Here’s how we make it work:
- First, you want to get the best quality smoked salmon that you can find. We love this one because it’s hand-cured and cold-smoked to perfection. It’ll melt in your mouth!
- Next, you’ll want to toast two slices of sourdough bread until they’re just barely golden brown.
- When they’ve cooled a little bit, spread on some cream cheese and top with a few slivers of red onion and as much lemon zest as you can handle.
- Finally, pile on the smoked salmon and serve!
This dish is perfect for entertaining because it’s easy to put together, but looks really beautiful when served on a platter.
We like garnishing the platter with edible flowers for an added pop of color!
What to Eat with Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
One of the best ways to eat smoked salmon is on a sandwich.
A good smoked salmon sandwich is a thing of beauty.
The smokiness of the salmon pairs perfectly with the creaminess of its avocado counterpart.
And if you like things spicy, you can add some jalapeno for an extra kick.
If you’re looking for other things to eat with your smoked salmon sandwiches, here are 10 suggestions:
Pickles make the perfect pair for a smoked salmon sandwich.
They complement the flavor of the fish, but they are also crunchy enough that they add a new texture.
Plus they make it easier to pick up your sandwich when a fork just won’t cut it.
To make sure you have enough food with your smoked salmon sandwich, try cutting up some pickles and putting them on your plate next to the sandwich.
By doing this you’ll be able to enjoy both in one bite!
For an extra kick, try adding some hot sauce on top of the pickles before eating them.
You can even dip your sandwich in the hot sauce after you’ve finished eating all of the pickles!
You could also try adding some cucumber slices to your sandwich.
They’ll add a nice crunch, and their fresh flavor will complement the smokiness of the fish.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, you could also mix the cucumbers with avocado and sour cream or Greek yogurt to make a spread that’s great on crackers.
Try mixing some dill in with the spread for added flavor!
Tomatoes are the perfect partner for a smoked salmon sandwich!
They pair well together, and tomatoes are a great way to add some acidity and some crispness to your meal.
For example, you could add tomatoes either as a tomato-based soup alongside your sandwich or as fresh slices in the sandwich itself.
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, you could even make a kind of tomato salad by combining cherry tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Onions are a great choice for smoked salmon sandwiches because they’re a complementary flavor—they enhance the sandwich without distracting from it.
You can make them work in a meal by pairing them with something else to fully round out your lunch.
Try serving your sandwich on rye bread and adding a bit of honey mustard—then serve it with a side of onions and a cup of tomato soup.
For the best results, rinse your onions after cutting them and refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.
That way, you can still enjoy the taste without getting any onion breath!
That’s right—this is a great time to put down the bread and get a little crunch in your life.
A nice piece of iceberg lettuce on the side will do the trick.
You can also make wraps or salads if you’re looking for a way to bulk up your lunch without going overboard.
Olives are delicious and salty little appetizers that can help to cleanse the palate of the richness of smoked salmon.
It’s a match made in heaven.
If you’re making your lunch at home, simply whip up a batch of olives in whatever way you like to enjoy them best (stuffed, cured in saltwater, or sundried).
If you’re buying your lunch, ask for some olives on the side—they’re almost always offered as an option at delis and sandwich shops.
7. Capers (if those aren’t too salty)
When you’re looking for something to add to a smoked salmon sandwich to make it a fuller meal, capers are an ideal choice.
They have a light, lemony flavor that isn’t overwhelmingly strong and will pair nicely with the salmon.
Plus they add a handy little crunch!
If you find that capers are too salty on their own, try mixing them with some lowfat cream cheese.
This will dilute the saltiness and complement the salmon’s richness with some creamy goodness.
8. Cream cheese
Cream cheese will help cut through the rich smoked salmon and bread, making it much easier to enjoy.
Just spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the bread before adding the smoked salmon.
If you’re looking for something a little more veggie-heavy, try avocado instead.
If your sandwich has other ingredients like capers or red onions, include something with the same flavor in your side dish.
Try a salad with those ingredients or yogurt with capers and red onions mixed in.
9. Dill weed
Dill weed is an herb that brings a balance of flavors to the dish, which tends to be pretty rich and salty.
Here are some options for how to add dill weed to your smoked salmon sandwich:
- Add it as a condiment
- Add it as a salad dressing (either in addition to or instead of mayo)
- Add it as a topping on the sandwich before you eat it
- Add it as a seasoning for the salmon itself before you cook it
Tip: if you don’t have dill weed on hand, cilantro can be substituted with similar results.
Mustard is the perfect accompaniment for your smoked salmon sandwich.
Mustard has a sharp, tangy taste that complements the strong flavors of the smoked salmon.
It also has a little bit of sweetness to it, so it helps balance out the richness of the salmon.
Spread half a tablespoon of mustard on each slice of your bread before assembling the sandwich for the best results!
What Kind of Crackers to Serve with Smoked Salmon
Crackers are one of the most versatile and dependable finger foods, whether you’re serving them with smoked salmon or enjoying them on their own.
But what kind of cracker should you choose to best complement your delicious, smoked fish?
Our favorite crackers for a smoked salmon spread are crisp, buttery, and flaky.
They help cut through the richness of the smoke and oil better than other options.
Here are our top 15 picks for cracker pairings with smoked salmon:
If you’re looking to make your smoked salmon spread into a more filling snack, whole wheat crackers are a great option.
Rich in fiber and protein, these crackers are hearty enough to stand up to even the smokiest fish, making them a great choice for when you want something a little more substantial.
It’s a tradition for a reason!
These thin, crisp crackers (like Saltines) have an ancient pedigree.
They’re made from unleavened flour and water, just like in times past.
But be careful not to fill up on these plain little guys before the party really gets started!
3. Flakey Crisp Cracker
This is a good choice if you want a sturdy cracker that still has some crunch.
It’s not as delicate as Matzo or flatbread, so it can hold up to more topping without falling apart in your hand.
You can load up this cracker with smoked salmon and still feel like you’re eating a whole meal.
You can hardly go wrong pairing Ritz Crackers with anything, but they work particularly well with smoked salmon.
The buttery flakiness of Ritz Crackers makes them a perfect foil for the rich smokiness of salmon.
Plus, the salty flavor of the Ritz complements the saltiness of your fish spread.
Try stacking a few thin slices of smoked salmon on a single Ritz Cracker and topping it off with a little bit of plain cream cheese to amplify these flavors even more.
5. Water Crackers
These crispy crackers were originally made in England and were thought to be invented by sailors traveling to Australia.
They’re called “water” crackers because they’re made with very little fat or sugar—just flour, yeast, water, salt, and sometimes sesame seeds.
Because they don’t have much sweetness or flavor, they can be paired with almost any food and go beyond just complementing a smoked fish spread.
6. Melba Toast
A classic choice that’s hard to beat, melba toast is a thin wafer made from bread that has been sliced and toasted twice.
It has a delicate crunch that is perfect for pairing with an oily or fatty fish like salmon.
It also comes in a variety of seasonings (our favorites are rosemary and garlic) so you can add an extra layer of flavor to your spread.
7. Rice Thins
These crackers have a distinctly sweet flavor that helps cut through the rich smokiness of the salmon.
They’re also thin enough to allow you to stack more on top of each other without losing their shape while you eat them.
This popular cracker has an interesting flavor profile that makes for an excellent accompaniment to smoked fish.
The thick, wavy texture is great for spreading cream cheese or other spreads on top before adding a little piece of the salty salmon on top!
9. Club crackers
Another classic in the U.S., these are slightly more salty than Ritz crackers (but not so much that they can’t stand up to the saltiness of salmon).
They’re sturdy enough to hold up to any spread or dip, too, even if it’s as thick and rich as cream cheese.
If you like something on the saltier side, saltines are another great option for smoked salmon spreads.
Don’t worry about them tasting too salty, though—they’ll still be a great contrast to the richness of smoked fish and cream cheese, which is often used as a spread with smoked salmon because it’s mild enough to let the flavor of the salmon shine through.
11. Butter crackers
These thin and buttery snacks have a delicate flake that’s perfect for holding all the flavors of your smoked fish spread.
They don’t have any additional spices or additives that might interfere with the taste of your food—just simple deliciousness!
This is a great choice if you want something light but delicious on its own as well as when paired with salmon.
These thick slices of bread have a nice balance of sweet and savory flavors that work well with the richness of smoked salmon.
This kind of cracker can be a bit difficult to find, so you might have to visit a specialty store like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods if your local grocery doesn’t carry them.
13. Pita Chips
Another good option if you want something a bit heartier than the aforementioned two choices are pita chips.
These thick-cut flatbreads are crunchy and sturdy enough to hold up against heavier toppings like cream cheese or gravlax (cured salmon).
Flaxseed and chia seed crackers are healthy and crunchy, making them a fantastic pairing with smoked salmon.
The slight fishiness of the chia seeds brings out the smoky notes in the salmon, while the flaxseed enhances its creaminess.
If you’re looking for an option that’s more nutty than salty, these crackers are a great choice!
They’re thicker than your typical cracker, and they have a nuttier flavor that really complements the fishiness of the smoked salmon.
They’re also a great pairing if you’re serving your salmon with cream cheese—the flatbread won’t crumble when you take a bite with both cracker and spread.
Dill? Try Saltines!
If you’re serving dill-flavored smoked salmon, then saltine crackers are going to be your best friend.
They won’t overpower the flavor of the salmon, and they’ll give you just enough crunch to cut through the creaminess of the fish.
Lemon? Try melba toast!
Melba toast is thin and crunchy, but it’s got a mild enough flavor that it won’t distract from other ingredients.
It’s also a classic “clean slate” flavor profile that works well with lemon and cream cheese or mayo-based toppings.
What Bread to Serve with Smoked Salmon
Bread is the perfect vehicle for smoked salmon, especially if you’re looking for a quick and easy brunch idea.
There are so many options when it comes to bread; bread is one of those foods that can take on just about any flavor or texture, so you have a lot of leeway to experiment with it.
Below are our top five picks for what kind of bread to serve with your smoked salmon:
This bread has a crunchy crust and a chewy inside—the perfect bread for building a smoked salmon sandwich or bagel.
You can also toast it, which will add an extra layer of texture and crunch!
Rye is an earthy, slightly sweet bread that pairs extremely well with smoked salmon.
Try using rye as the base of your open-faced sandwich—you’ll get a little sweetness from the bread and some salt from the fish!
This bread is great because it has a lot of different flavors packed into one loaf—it’s great for making sandwiches because there’s something in every bite!
If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some fresh herbs like basil or rosemary for even more flavor!
Baguette is a classic choice for smoked salmon because it offers a satisfying crunch and a satisfying amount of chewiness.
It also has just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the saltiness of the salmon.
The only downside is that it can crumble easily, which can make it kind of messy to eat.
Pumpernickel isn’t for everyone, but for those who like their smoked salmon on something with more bite to it, this is definitely an option worth considering.
It’s got a strong molasses flavor and will probably be more filling than your average piece of white bread or wheat toast.
Naan is a leavened flatbread that originated in the Middle East, but has become a favorite all over the world.
Its soft and fluffy texture is something we all love, and when it’s toasted it becomes even more delicious.
The best way to enjoy naan with salmon is by buttering it, placing slices of smoked salmon on top, and then adding cream cheese or sour cream and fresh dill.
Because what’s better than whole wheat bread? Whole wheat bread with smoked salmon and cream cheese!
The nutty flavor of whole wheat pairs well with the savory smokey taste of salmon, and you’ll feel good about getting some extra fiber in your diet.
Plus, whole wheat bread is usually pretty healthy, so you don’t have to worry about too much saturated fat or an overload of processed carbs.
And as for the cream cheese… well, yeah, okay, it does have saturated fat and processed carbs.
But it tastes so good!
Ciabatta is the king of all breads when it comes to dipping in olive oil and vinegar, so it makes sense that it would also be a great choice to pair with smoked salmon.
It has a spongy texture that’s perfect for soaking up the smoky juice from the fish.
What Sauce to Serve with Smoked Salmon
If you’re in the mood to mix things up and try something new, you’re in luck!
We’ve compiled a list of 8 sauces that would be wonderful with this fishy treat:
If smoky flavors are your thing, then we recommend whiskey sauce.
It’s made from whiskey (obviously), brown sugar and butter – all ingredients that pair well together!
You can find this recipe on our website if you’d like to try making it at home for yourself or someone else who loves smoked salmon too!
If you like a little vinegar with your smoked salmon, look no further than dill vinaigrette.
This delicious dressing is made from distilled vinegar and dill weed, and it’s super easy to make. You can even put it together in less than 5 minutes!
You’ll need to let it sit for about an hour, though—otherwise it won’t taste as good when you eat it later that day.
Lemon-caper sauce adds a bit of tanginess to your plate, which cuts through the richness of the salmon nicely.
This sauce is also great for those who want something more flavorful than mustard but less complex than dill or horseradish!
If you’re serving your smoked salmon on a sandwich, in a salad, or with baguette slices, you can’t go wrong with rhubarb chutney.
The sweet-and-sour flavor of fresh rhubarb is the perfect complement to the smoky richness of the fish, and it’s easy to make at home, too!
5. Chive butter
For a buttery sauce that’s light on the palate and perfect for dipping your smoked salmon into, you can’t do better than chive butter.
To make this sauce, just mix room-temperature butter with chopped chives.
You can put the mixture on a piece of plastic wrap and roll it up into a log so that you can cut off slices later (and store any leftovers in the freezer) or use the butter right away by dolloping some onto your plate next to the fish.
Tzatziki sauce is a Greek yogurt-based sauce that is delicious served with smoked salmon.
If you haven’t had it before, you’re missing out!
The sauce itself has a creamy texture from the yogurt, but it also has thick bits of cucumber in it for a crunchy feel.
The herbs and lemon in this sauce give it a light, fresh flavor that pairs perfectly with the richness of smoked salmon.
This is just what it sounds like: plain old ranch dressing mixed with mashed avocado.
Avocados are super healthy and they make an excellent addition to the creamy dressing.
Avocados are rich in fatty acids (the good kind) and they help promote heart health and lower cholesterol levels.
Plus, they add an amazing creaminess to the ranch dressing that you can’t get anywhere else!
Traditionally served over steak, bearnaise sauce makes a rich, creamy accompaniment to smoked salmon as well.
What Condiments Go with Smoked Salmon
Smoked salmon is a delicious and healthy snack, but it can sometimes be a little too dry.
Here are our top five condiments to complement your smoked salmon snack:
Avocado salsa is a slightly spicy and creamy option that really complements smoked salmon’s flavors.
It’s an especially good choice if you’re looking for a lighter complement to your fish.
To use avocado salsa with your smoked salmon, first make sure your fish is cold and cut into small pieces—it will be more flavorful this way.
Then mix it up with the other ingredients in the salsa recipe and serve it!
You can also serve it as an appetizer or snack with crackers or pita chips.
This is a good choice if you’re looking for something that will add a little kick to your meal.
It’s pungent and spicy enough to stand up to smoked salmon without overpowering it.
If you’re looking for an interesting way to turn your smoked salmon into a meal, try serving it on top of some toast spread with horseradish paste and topped with sliced cucumbers, red onions and capers.
The combination of creamy horseradish and cool cucumbers, paired with the delicate flavor of the salmon and the salty bite of capers is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
When you’re having friends over for a holiday weekend, make this your go-to dip for smoked salmon.
It’s easy to make and tastes great!
To make it work in a meal, let it be the star of the show by serving it as an appetizer or snack.
End the meal on a sweet note by putting some honey mustard on top of your smoked salmon ice cream sundae!
Tip: Make sure this isn’t an ingredient in your favorite marinade recipe before trying it out!
4. Olive oil
Olive oil is one of those foods that can liven up just about any meal.
It’s no surprise that it pairs well with smoked salmon: it brings out the best in the fish’s flavor and adds some extra fun to your next meal-prepping experience.
If you want to try it for yourself, here are our tips for making this condiment work for you:
- Buy a quality olive oil; you’ll thank yourself later
- Serve olive oil on the side and let people add their own, so they can customize their meal as much as they want
5. A drizzle of lemon juice
This is a good option for those who want something light and refreshing to cut through the smokiness of the salmon.
One way to use this condiment is as part of an appetizer plate, where you can pair the salmon and lemon juice with other things like cream cheese and crackers.
Pineapple and salmon are both delicious on their own, and they also complement each other really well.
You can make this recipe as a topping for a salad or serve it alongside rice crackers for a snack.
Here’s how to make it:
- Chop 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple into small cubes (about 1/4 inch)
- Dice 1/4 of a red onion
- Mince 2 tablespoons of cilantro leaves and tender stems
- Mix them together in a bowl with the juice from half of a lemon and salt and pepper to taste.
Dill goes really well with smoked salmon because it can handle the strong flavor of smoked fish, and even take it up a notch.
It’s also a good side-by-side pairing because dill has an interesting texture that’s different from the texture of salmon itself.
That means you get more fun out of the experience of eating it.
Try making your own dill dressing and mixing it with smoked salmon to make an incredible smoked salmon salad—or just top off your crackers with some smoked salmon and dill dressing for a delicious snack!
8. Crème fraîche or sour cream
If you’re looking for a quick appetizer or snack, smoked salmon and cream cheese is always a good option.
But if you’re looking for something a little lighter than cream cheese—or if you just want to shake up the flavor profile of your favorite smoked salmon dish—then whipping up some crème fraîche or sour cream is a great way to do it.
Serve it alongside freshly sliced onions and tomatoes as an appetizer, or use it as a sauce on top of pasta with some capers and grated lemon zind.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own ricotta by heating milk with some lemon juice, then layering that on top of your smoked salmon with some lemon zest and freshly cracked pepper.
The possibilities are endless!
9. Mango salsa
If you’re looking to spice up your smoked salmon, but don’t want to use something heavy like cream cheese, this is a great option.
It’s light and bright and adds just the right amount of kick.
Here’s how it works:
- You make the salsa ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you need it. (This way, it will be nice and cold when you put it on your warm smoked salmon.)
- Spread it over your smoked salmon (or dip your salmon in it) and you’re good to go!
A tip for making this work for you: If you want to take the sweetness down just a notch, try mixing mango salsa with plain Greek yogurt instead of using sour cream.
10. Freshly cracked black pepper
If you’re looking for a way to spruce up a bagel and lox, something to top off a charcuterie board, or just a way to jazz up your work-from-home lunch break—freshly cracked black pepper is your answer.
To make it work, just whisk some pepper in with sour cream or cream cheese before piling it onto whatever surface you’re using for your smoked salmon, or add a few sprinkles of freshly cracked pepper on top of the fish after you’ve placed it onto your cracker or bagel.
The more coarsely ground the peppercorns are, the better.
You want the flavor and texture of whole peppercorns against the cool creaminess of your dairy spread and the salty richness of smoked salmon.
Chives are little, thin green onion stalks that look a lot like grass.
You can sprinkle them on the fish or mix them into sour cream for a double dose of amazingness!
They’re super easy to use, but here’s the best part: they pack a huge flavor punch.
So don’t worry if you accidentally put too many on—you’ll still have a great taste experience.
Here’s a tip: if you have any leftover smoked salmon and chive combo, you can make a killer sandwich the next day!
What Wine to Serve with Smoked Salmon
Smoked salmon is a classic appetizer, but it’s not always easy to find the right wine to pair with it.
- The most-commonly recommended wine pairing is champagne, which is a solid choice because it’ll usually be nicely acidic and won’t distract you from the flavor of the salmon. But really, the best wine for smoked salmon depends on what kind of smoked salmon you’re serving.
- If your smoked salmon is mild and buttery, try a dry white like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If your smoked salmon is more briny, opt for a more full-bodied white with high acidity—think Chardonnay or Viognier. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try an oaked white like Fumé Blanc or Côtes du Rhône Blanc.
- If you want to go in another direction entirely, consider some sparkling wines that aren’t champagne—a cava from Spain or prosecco from Italy will work just as well!
Remember: the best pairing is always the one that tastes good to YOU!
How to Serve Smoked Salmon as A Starter
Smoked salmon as an appetizer is a classic starter to any meal.
It’s delicious in salads, on crackers, and in sushi rolls.
Here are a few dishes that you can use to make the perfect smoked salmon appetizer:
To make this dish, mix the smoked salmon with fresh arugula, capers, and lemon juice. You can also add diced onions for some extra flavor.
This salad is best served with a creamy dressing such as ranch or blue cheese.
These are basically mini sandwiches made from smoked salmon and cream cheese.
You can use either regular cream cheese or one flavored with herbs or other seasonings.
Just put a dollop of cream cheese on top of the smoked salmon and top it off with chopped chives or dill for garnish.
Toss some pepper on top if you want to spice things up!
Smoked salmon sushi rolls are a great appetizer for a dinner party.
They’re easy to make, and you can make them ahead of time so that all you have to do is slice them up when it’s time to eat.
Smoked salmon crackers are another great way to use leftover smoked salmon from the previous night’s dinner party.
You can make these crackers in advance so they’re ready when you need them most!
This bruschetta uses smoked salmon instead of tomatoes for the topping.
It’s topped with red onion slices (soaked in water), capers and parsley leaves garnish before serving! You can also add some lemon zest if you want to give it extra flavor!
These pinwheels are made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, and capers, then rolled and cut into pinwheels.
Serve on crackers or sliced cucumber for a refreshing smokey treat!
This dip is made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, sour cream, chives, horseradish, lemon zest and juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper- mixed together until smooth and creamy.
Serve with crackers or fresh veggies like carrots or celery for dipping!
How to Serve Smoked Salmon with Crackers
So you’re ready to try your hand at serving smoked salmon with crackers?
Turn on some music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and let’s get started!
- First, go ahead and open the smoked salmon.
- Next, put out a cutting board so you can cut up the salmon.
- Then cut the smoked salmon into small pieces. You can eat the whole thing if you want, but it’s recommended that you only eat a little bit at a time.
- Take out the crackers (you might want to use different kinds of crackers) and arrange them in a dish or platter in whatever pattern you like—I always like to go for something “abstract.”
- Place the smoked salmon onto some of the crackers. Put just enough on each one so that no one will look at your plate and wonder if you’re even enjoying yourself!
- Optional: Add other foods that go well with smoked salmon! Some examples are bagels, cream cheese, capers… The world is your oyster!
If you’d like to get more creative and complex with your smoked salmon and cracker presentation, there are many options.
Here are some ideas to try:
- Use regular smoked salmon, but add a dollop of cream cheese that’s been blended with dill weed. This will help the salmon take on the flavor of dill and pair even better with your crackers.
- Use cream cheese to blend in horseradish—this will add a spicy kick to your smoked salmon appetizers!
- Try using regular crackers or flatbreads as the base for your smoked salmon, and then place slices of fresh cucumber on top. Sprinkle with dill weed or chives for an extra pop of flavor.
- Serve your smoked salmon on crackers as normal, but also offer capers and horseradish sauce as condiments so people can spice up their appetizers as they please.
What Kind of Smoked Salmon Should I Use?
Smoked salmon can come in a couple different forms. The “cold-smoked” type is good for eating on its own, or as a topping for a cracker.
You might find some cold-smoked varieties that aren’t cooked at all—this type is best eaten on its own, or maybe with a bit of cream cheese or butter.
Cold-smoked salmon is also the type of salmon you want if you’re going to make gravlax.
The other kind is hot-smoked, which means it’s been fully cooked during the smoking process.
It’s more like smoked meat than raw fish, and it’s usually eaten on its own as part of an appetizer spread.
What to Serve with Smoked Salmon Bagels?
Asking what to serve with smoked salmon bagels is like asking what to serve after you’ve already eaten dessert.
They’re the icing on the cake!
Whether you’re going for a traditional New York bagel or the more spreadable cream cheese kind, smoked salmon bagels are a great way to add some extra protein and deliciousness to breakfast.
They’re quick and easy: just spread on some cream cheese, layer on a few slices of smoked salmon, and voila!
It’s like having lox without all that pesky knife work.
You can get creative with your smoked salmon bagel by layering on sliced tomato or red onion, or even dill pickle if you want to bring a little bit of sourness into the mix.
You could also try adding fresh dill for an extra kick.
Top it off with some capers (for texture) and red pepper flakes (for heat) for a complete meal that feels as good as eating out… but you won’t have to worry about getting stuck next to someone who talks too much.
What Goes Well with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese?
Smoked salmon and cream cheese is a classic combination that can go in many directions. If you want to stick with the classic flavors, try adding some sliced red onion and capers, or sprinkle some chopped chives on top.
You can also add a little lemon juice to brighten up the flavor.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could try adding something like caviar or pickled herring. Decorating the plate with edible flowers (like nasturtiums or chive blossoms) would also make it feel extra special.
For something more exotic, consider adding wasabi (a Japanese horseradish paste).
Or if you want a spicy kick, try sprinkling onion rings with cayenne pepper or paprika.