Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip is an easy and impressive 5 ingredient appetizer recipe is made in only 5 minutes. A layer of whipped cream cheese and red onion is topped with cold smoked salmon and served with crackers and bread.
Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe
This Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip is made with luscious cold smoked salmon for an elegant and impressive appetizer recipe. It starts out with a layer of whipped cream cheese, red wine vinegar and diced red onion for a creamy and flavorful base.
The cold smoked salmon is layered on top and its all served with crackers, bagels or bread. It’s the perfect dip for a New Year’s Eve celebration, shower, or any other party you want to serve a quick and simple appetizer that will impress.
What is the difference between cold and hot smoked salmon.
Hot smoked salmon is most readily available in grocery stores. It is cooked and smoked at the same time so it is a drier and fully cooked meat. It is great in recipes like these Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese Puffs or Cheesy Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Crostini.
Cold smoked salmon on the other hand, is first cured and then smoked at a very low temperature, typically around 80°. It is commonly paired with cream cheese, capers and bread. This Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip takes the traditional pairings and puts them in a beautiful dip to serve at parties.
I picked up some very affordable smoked salmon gravlax at Aldi for this easy recipe because my local small town grocery store doesn’t carry it.
How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip
You could just mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and serve it with crackers and bread and have a delicious appetizer. By taking just a couple extra minutes to layer the whipped cream cheese on a nice plate and top it with some of the cold smoked salmon, it looks way more appetizing in my opinion!
If you don’t have access to cold smoked salmon and are instead using hot smoked salmon, which is drier, then I would recommend mixing it all together. This will add a little moisture back the salmon.
The cold smoked salmon I purchased had dill on it already, so I didn’t add any more to the cream cheese mixture. If the salmon you pick up at the store doesn’t have dill, I would recommend adding in a teaspoon to the cream cheese mixture for added flavor.
Easy Smoked Salmon Dip
When it comes to serving your Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip, it is really a matter of personal preference. You could go all out and offer a big spread of dipping options or keep it simple and just offer bagels for a brunch offering.
I like to serve a variety of crackers and bread with this easy dip. Some parmesan crackers for more flavor, toasted sourdough bread for a chewy option and plain butter crackers for those who like the basics.
More easy and impressive appetizer recipes!
- Blueberry Balsamic Goat Cheese Appetizer
- Pomegranate Goat Cheese Crostini
- Cilantro Crab & Sweet Corn Mini Peppers
- Honey & Goat Cheese Endive Bites
- 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese softened
- 3 Tbsp. red onion, finely diced
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. milk
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 3 oz. cold smoked salmon
- Bagels, crackers, french bread, etc. for dipping
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese on high until it is soft.
- Add the diced red onion, vinegar, milk, salt and pepper. Beat until it is well combined and light and creamy.
- Spread the cream cheese on an 8 inch plate and top with small pieces of cold smoked salmon.
- Serve with crackers and bread.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 353mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g