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Salmon Dip

Salmon Dip

This smoked salmon dip is an easy, no cook, no fuss appetizer that’s great for parties and game-day festivities. In this recipe, smoked salmon is combined with cream cheese, sour cream, fresh herbs and hot sauce.

 

Cold dips are perfect for parties since they can be made ahead of time. Freeing you up for other party planning duties.

 

To make this creamy smoked salmon dip you will need

4 ounces Smoked Salmon, minced

1 cup Cream Cheese, Softened

½ cup Sour Cream

1 tablespoon Fresh Chives, finely chopped

2 tablespoons Fresh Dill, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

Dash (or two) of Hot Sauce, (Tabasco, Crystal, or use your favorite brand)

Pinch Black Pepper

Pinch Salt, or to taste

 

A close up picture of salmon dip being scooped by a bagel chip.

 

Suggested dippers

Bagel Chips

Pita Chips

Crackers

Cucumber Slices

Carrot Sticks

 

For the fish we used a smoked sockeye salmon. It’s super flavorful and has a beautiful reddish color. We picked it up in the seafood section of the supermarket. The salmon was ready-to-eat and came thinly sliced in a 4 ounce, flat, shrink wrapped package.

 

For the hot sauce we used Tabasco, we usually have a bottle on hand. A cayenne pepper-vinegar based hot sauce, like Crystal, will work well too. Choose something that will add a little zing, but won’t overwhelm the flavor of the salmon.

 

Prep work

Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and allow it soften at room temperature. Make sure the bowl is big enough that you can get in there and stir without everything spilling over.

 

Give the cream cheese a good stir every once in a while to help it along.

 

We skip the food processor for this easy salmon dip recipe. Instead we mince the salmon. The fish falls apart easily so this is a cinch to do. Plus, not using a food processor means there’s one less thing to clean!

 

Lay the salmon out on a cutting board and run a sharp knife along the length of the fish. Then, change direction and run the knife along the width. Leaving the salmon finely diced.

 

Finally, chop the herbs.

 

The ingredients for the salmon dip displayed on a wood cutting board.

 

Make the Smoked Salmon Dip

Add all of the ingredients into the bowl with the cream cheese.

 

The ingredients for the salmon dip in a large, clear bowl with drops of hot sauce being added.

 

Stir the salmon dip with a large fork.

 

Salmon dip being stirred with a fork in a large, clear bowl.

 

Then, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula while folding over. Repeat until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

 

Salmon dip being folded over with a red rubber spatula.

 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or a lid, and refrigerate to allow the flavors to come together. Give the salmon dip a good stir right before serving.

 

While the salmon dip is chilling, prep the dippers. Keep them in plastic containers or baggies until you are ready to set up the serving platter.

 

A close up picture of salmon dip in a white crock surrounded by bagel chips, carrots and cucumbers.

 

Need more delicious cold dip recipes?

Try this cold Buffalo chicken dip that’s a twist on a classic. Make it for your next game-day party and watch it disappear.

Cold Buffalo Chicken Dip served in a white bowl with assorted crackers, celery sticks and pretzels arranged on the plate.

 

This dill dip is a quick and easy appetizer that’s fresh and elegant. Perfect for your next cocktail party.

Dill dip served in a large white bowl with chips, grape tomatoes, carrots and broccoli florets arranged around the bowl.

 

Salmon Dip

This smoked salmon dip is an easy, no fuss appetizer that’s great for parties or game-day festivities.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cold dips, party food
Servings: 6
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Smoked Salmon minced
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese softened
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Chives finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Dill finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Hot Sauce or to taste (Tabasco, Crystal, or use your favorite brand)
  • Pinch Black Pepper
  • Pinch Salt or to taste

Instructions

Prep work

  • Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and allow it soften at room temperature. Make sure the bowl is big enough that you can get in there and stir without everything spilling over.
  • Give the cream cheese a good stir every once in a while to help it along.
  • Lay the salmon out on a cutting board and run a sharp knife along the length of the fish. Then, change direction and run the knife along the width. Leaving the salmon finely diced.
  • Finally, chop the herbs.

Make the Smoked Salmon Dip

  • Add all of the ingredients into the bowl with the cream cheese. Stir the dip with a large fork, then scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula while folding over. Repeat until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate to let the flavors come together. Give the salmon dip a good stir right before serving.

Video

Notes

While the dip is chilling prep the dippers. Keep them in plastic containers or baggies until you are ready to set up the serving platter.
Suggested dippers
Bagel Chips
Pita Chips
Crackers
Cucumber Slices
Carrot Sticks

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.3mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.

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