Easy Smoked Salmon Dip | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, June 17, 2016

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip will be the hit of your party! Easy Smoked Salmon Dip is made with reduced-fat cream cheese and salty, smoked salmon. It can be put together in minutes, making it a winning smoked salmon dip recipe for you and your guests!

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Easy Smoked Salmon Dip made with reduced-fat cream cheese and salty smoked salmon can be put together in minutes! Whenever I make this dip, it's doesn't last very long and it's always the hit of the party! It remains one of the top recipes on this blog to this day.

This Smoked Salmon Dip is a cinch to put together. It's a dump and mix recipe. If you'd prefer a less chunky type dip, you can put everything in your food processor and whiz it up.

What kind of smoked salmon should I buy for this smoked salmon dip recipe?

I buy in-house smoked salmon fillets from a local market that are out of this world delicious, but any kind of smoked salmon will work in this recipe. 

If you purchase the kind of smoked salmon that doesn't flake easily, the food processor will do a good job of incorporating it into the dip for you.

You can find usually find smoked salmon near the frozen fish in your grocery store. It isn't frozen though, and it usually just needs refrigeration. Sometimes you can find it where it's shelf stable and doesn't require any refrigeration at all.

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip surrounded by Van's crackers

What do I serve with Easy Smoked Salmon Dip?

Serve Smoked Salmon Dip with Van's Simply Delicious® Gluten Free whole grain Lots of Everything! Crackers! I discovered Van's Simply Delicious® Gluten-Free whole grain crispy crackers at the grocery store a few weeks ago and I fell in love with them! (You can read all about that here.)

Let me start off by saying, no one in my family needs to eat gluten-free, but these crackers are a delicious treat whether you need to follow a gluten-free diet or not.

And, did you know that 30 of these crispy crunchy little bites are only about 140 calories?!

This was my first time trying the Lots of Everything! flavor and all I can say is, "WOW!" Imagine an everything bagel, topped with garlic, onion and poppy seeds, but in crispy little cracker form. I was IN LOVE with my first bite!

Van's Crackers spilling out of box

This smoked salmon dip also pairs perfectly with crudite or sliced French baguette. It's awesome atop a bagel or used as a dip with bagel chips. 

Some people have even reported eating it straight from the bowl with a spoon! 

Don't forget to add a bottle of your favorite white wine too!

How do you make Easy Smoked Salmon Dip?

As I mentioned previously, it's a basic dump and mix recipe. If you like a smoother texture or if your smoked salmon doesn't flake easily, you can mix it in your food processor.

The briney capers and acidic lemon juice are so delicious with the smoked salmon in this recipe! Feel free to add more horseradish to the dip, if you like.

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip being mixed in a white bowl

This Smoked Salmon Dip is a standard at most of our family gatherings! It's so good, you must give it a try. Even those that aren't fans of salmon find they love it!

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - easy recipe for a fabulous smoked salmon dip which goes perfect with Van's Simply Delicious, Gluten-Free Lots of Everything Crackers! #ad

Here's what people are saying about Easy Smoked Salmon Dip on Pinterest: 

Charmaine - "Loved this - easy to prep, and was so yummy, I could eat it with a spoon at a go!"

Ina - "My first time making smoked salmon dip. I didn’t have most of the ingredients...I only had worcestershire sauce, dill, milk, cream cheese, and of course smoked salmon. But it still taste delicious to me 😜. I think it’s the “smoked” salmon that already gave the dip it’s taste. I’ll get all the ingredients next time and update y’all"

Arianna - "Absolutely delicious! Made a spread on toast and topped with pomegranate seeds... definitely a keeper!!!"

Kevin - "I think I have a new favorite dip!"

Smoked Salmon Dip, Easy Smoked Salmon Dip, appetizer, fish
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min
Delicious smoked salmon dip made with cream cheese and smoked salmon that makes the perfect accompaniment for crackers, raw vegetables, or bagels


  • 8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 4 - 6 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
  • 2 TBSP capers
  • 1 tsp. dried dill or 2 tsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. (or more to taste) prepared horseradish (optional)
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 TBSP snipped chives (optional)
  • 2-3 TBSP milk, as needed for consistency


  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until well combined. Add enough milk to make the right consistency. (you can also use a food processor to combine everything). Spoon into serving dish.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.


You can use full fat cream cheese and sour cream in place of the lower fat versions.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

4.02 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.21 g

Cholesterol (grams)

14.98 mg

Carbs (grams)

2.24 g

Fiber (grams)

0.07 g

Sugar (grams)

1.33 g

Net carbs

2.17 g

Protein (grams)

3.95 g

Sodium (milligrams)

224.01 mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided as a courtesy.

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  1. Thank you for this recipe we loved it. Easy to make and keeps in frig so you can make it ahead of time..infect this tasted alot like the one we bought from Costco..delicious.will be making it again.

    1. Hi Caroline! Thank you for your review. I'm very happy you liked this recipe. It's one of my favorites too.

  2. Hi just wanted to know if it freezes thanks

    1. Hello! Thanks for your question. I would not recommend freezing this dip.

  3. If you can’t find canned smoked salmon you can use regular canned salmon and add a few drops of liquid smoke.

    1. Hello! Thanks so much for your comment. I've never done this but good to know it will work!

  4. Will this recipe also bake in a mushroom cap for an appetizer or snack?

    1. Hello FaJane! I have never stuffed a mushroom cap with this recipe and I do not know if it would work. But if you try it, be sure to come back and let us know how it turned out.

  5. Are used fresh salmon that I had grilled the night before. Added liquid smoke to it, several drops of Worcestershire sauce, some sprinkles of dill dried, a sprinkle of Tony’s seasoning and it turned out delicious!

    1. Thank you so much for your review! I love that you used fresh salmon with liquid smoke to create a smoked salmon flavor and it worked out wonderfully!

  6. I usually use full fat plain organic yogurt for sour cream.

    1. That's a great swap! Thanks for your comment.


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