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Smoked Salmon Dip

Easy and elegant Smoked Salmon Dip is an impressive dip for a special occasion. Whether it’s a holiday gathering, graduation party or backyard barbecue serve this salmon dip with assorted crackers and vegetables for dipping. It’s certain to get the party started.

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Easy Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

When entertaining, I’m keenly aware of how important appetizers are to the event as a whole. It’s important to have at least one signature starter to serve as people arrive. It immediately sets the tone for the gathering and puts people at ease. When people gather around a delicious snack it often starts conversation and gives them a moment to relax and settle in prior to the meal. How to make simple Smoked Salmon Dip:

  • Salmon – 6 ounces Smoked Salmon.
  • Filling – Chive and onion cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Seasonings – Garlic salt, lemon pepper and onion powder.
  • Garnish – Fresh dill for the dip plus additional for garnishing.
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How to Make the BEST Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Smoked Salmon Dip: Smoked Salmon, chive and onion cream cheese softened, sour cream, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, lemon pepper, onion powder, fresh dill.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Medium bowl, fork for flaking the salmon, measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and chopping board and hand mixer.
  • This dip is simple to make so a special effort should be made to use quality smoked salmon for the best results. Smoked salmon is available at all price points and is an impressive dish to have on the appetizer menu.
  • Salmon is so delicate it’s important to whip the other ingredients with a mixer until they’re fully creamed prior to adding it to the mix.
  • I recommend using real mayonnaise and not something like Miracle Whip or similar that’s sweet for this dip recipe.
  • Give the dip time to chill so the flavors can fully develop. Four hours is ideal, even overnight if time allows.
  • Other popular dips you may enjoy are my recipes for Million Dollar Dip and baked Pepper Jack Spinach Dip. The addition of bacon to spinach dip and a little spice takes classic spinach dip to a whole other level.
  • Serving Suggestions: Salmon dip is delicious served with crostini, slathered on mini bagels, with crackers or pita chips.
  • Store Salmon Dip chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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More Easy Salmon Recipes to Make

While salmon may not come to mind for quick weekday meals, it is in fact, an excellent choice. From sheet pan meals to foil packs. More salmon recipes you may like to try:

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Prep Time5 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked-salmon-dip
Servings: 2 cups (approximately)
Calories: 718kcal


  • 1 8 oz chive and onion cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 6 oz smoked salmon
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh dill plus additional for garnishing


  • In a medium size mixing bowl using an electric mixer, whip together the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, lemon pepper and onion powder. 
  • Flake the salmon using a fork, Add to the creamed mixture with dill. Fold in by hand until evenly distributed.  
  • Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh dill. Serve with assorted crackers, pita chips, bread rounds or crudite. 


Serving: 1batch | Calories: 718kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 2066mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I never leave reviews, but this time I just had to! I had some smoked salmon left over from Christmas day, so decided to look for a dip recipe to use it up. I came upon this recipe and had pretty much all of the ingredients, so decided to give it a try. The only thing I changed was that I used just regular cream cheese since that’s all that I had on hand. I did add some chives to compensate for that difference. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written.
    There is not a thing I would change. Perfect as is!

  2. I have been using your recipe for months. Everyone loves it. Living in the Pacific NW smoked salmon is a staple in our house. Love to share this with our friends from all over the country.

  3. This sounds really good. Just one question…is this made with hot smoked salmon or cold smoked salmon? I’m assuming hot smoked, since it is flaked, but I just wanted to be sure.

  4. 5 stars
    After making my dad’s ‘famous’ smoked salmon dip for years (or watching him as he made the dip), it’s beyond me why we spent the time chopping the green onions/chives and didn’t just use the chive and onion cream cheese – lol! We also included capers in the dip (or offered them on the side). This dip has always been a family favorite ~ I haven’t made it for awhile, so I’m excited to try your dip 🙂

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