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Best Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

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Trust me when I say, this is the BEST smoked salmon dip recipe! One bite and I’m sure you’ll understand. Creamy and bright cream cheese is whipped together (you should also try my whipped lemon feta dip!) and then combined with fresh dill, red onion, and plenty of smoked salmon for a dip that tastes bright and flavorful. Serve the salmon cream cheese dip with a variety of crackers and you’ve got the perfect make-ahead party appetizer that’s fancy enough for everything from brunches to baby showers and easy enough for…well…weeknight spring picnics outside.

It’s no secret that we love salmon (hi panko salmon, air fryer salmon, and salmon stir fry to name a few) at our house, but we also like, no, LOVE, smoked salmon. If you find yourself with some extra salmon after you make this salmon dip with cream cheese, serve up a bagels and lox spread. You can find smoked salmon at any grocery store, and if you shop at TJ, check out my Trader Joe’s smoked salmon review.

Bowl with smoked salmon cream cheese dip and crackers.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

What You’ll Love About Salmon Cream Cheese Dip

  • Incredibly delicious
  • Great to make ahead for parties
  • Just 10 minutes total time
  • Made with just 5 ingredients

Healthy Salmon Dip Ingredients

You’ll need just 5 basic ingredients to make this smoked salmon dip:

  • Cream cheese – Use full fat for best flavor. Let the cream cheese soften at room temperature so that it’s easier to mix. Some salmon dips are made with sour cream and mayonnaise, but I prefer the thick consistency of whipped cream cheese.
  • Lemon – Use fresh lemon for best flavor and because we’re using both fresh lemon juice AND the zest.
  • Onion – I prefer red onion for this dip. If you find the flavor strong, soak the minced onion in cold water for 5-10 minutes to lessen the strength. Chop them up as small as you can so that you don’t get huge chunks. You could also use green onion or fresh chives.
  • Dill – Use fresh dill for the brightest, freshest flavor.
  • Smoked salmon – You can use any type of smoked salmon (otherwise known as lox). I prefer to use cold smoked lox vs. hot smoked lox, but you could use hot smoked as well, just be really gentle when you fold it in as it will flake more than cold smoked.
Ingredients to make smoked salmon dip recipe.

How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip

It’s time to make the smoked salmon cream cheese dip! Here’s how we make it:

  • Whip cream cheese. Use a hand mixer to whip together cream cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice together until smooth. You can also do this in a food processor – pulse until combined and smooth.
Whipped lemon cream cheese in a glass bowl.
  • Mix together spread. Stir in red onion and fresh dill. Gently fold in smoked salmon to cream cheese mixture.
Mix together smoked salmon cream cheese spread in a glass bowl.
  • Chill smoked salmon fish dip. Transfer mixture to a bowl and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Taste and season with salt if necessary.
Glass bowl with smoked salmon cream cheese dip.
  • Serve dip. Garnish with fresh dill and black pepper if desired and serve with a variety of crackers, breads, and/or veggies.
Bowl of smoked salmon dip with water crackers.

Storage Instructions

Store dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Can I freeze smoked salmon dip?

I would not recommend freezing the dip as the cream cheese will change texture during the freezing and thawing process.

Hand holding cracker with smoked salmon dip on it.

What to Serve with Smoked Salmon Dips

You’ve got options! Crackers are a must, but you can also serve the dip with veggies and/or crostini as well.

  • Crackers – Wondering what crackers go with salmon dip? Just about any! I like using a classic water cracker like Carr’s or these wafer crackers, but you can really use any type of cracker – bagel chips, Ritz crackers, everything bagel seasoned crackers, etc.
  • Veggies – Try raw veggies like carrot sticks, cucumber slices, celery stalks, radishes, or snap peas.
  • Crostini – Serve with crispy crostini, or toasted rye bread pieces.

More Easy Appetizer Recipes

If you like this recipe for smoked salmon dip, you might also like some of these other easy appetizers:

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Bowl of smoked salmon dip with water crackers.

Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

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Description

This is the BEST smoked salmon dip recipe with cream cheese! Mix up this spread that’s nice enough for entertaining with just 5 ingredients.


Ingredients

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  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. minced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 6 oz. cured smoked salmon (lox)
  • crackers or bread to serve with

Instructions

  1. Using a hand mixer, whip cream cheese and lemon juice together until smooth.
  2. Cut up lox into small pieces.
  3. Add onion and dill to lemon cream cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Fold smoked salmon into cream cheese mixture and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with crackers or bread.


Notes

  • Makes 2 cups
  • Serving size (estimate): 1/4 cup

Keywords: smoked salmon dip, smoked salmon dip recipe, salmon cream cheese dip

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  1. Lori@FakeFoodFree

    Ever since we got back from Ireland I have been craving smoked salmon. It’s one of those things that I never buy for my own kitchen. This dip just might convince that it’s about time though. It sounds so great!