This rich and creamy smoked salmon cream cheese dip is great with crackers or spread on bagels, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare!
You know I love me some dips. I’m actually the biggest dip fan in my family, which is really dangerous. The boys in my house usually either turn up their noses or gingerly dip a few crackers or chips into whatever dip I make and then go on their way, leaving me with the rest. The last thing I need is to be alone with a full bowl of creamy salmon dip in the house!
Even though I knew my kids and husbands weren’t in the mood for salmon dip, I made this one for myself and a nice reader named Jenny. She asked me last week if I had a salmon dip recipe, and luckily she wasn’t in a hurry. She was speaking my language when she said she wanted something very easy with few ingredients. That’s the best kind of recipe if you ask me. I hope you like this one, Jenny!
This recipe uses hot smoked salmon, which is different than cold-smoked lox. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for in the store, it looks like a cooked salmon filet like this:
I think you could make this cream cheese dip with drained, canned salmon in a pinch. Just make sure you get the boneless, skinless kind in a small can or pouch. If you do choose to use canned salmon, add some coarsely ground black pepper too. I lightened this up (a bit) with fat-free yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese. That still doesn’t make me feel better about eating half the bowl by myself, but at least I know it could have been worse.
This recipe was born for brunch. It would especially be good to make the night before when you have overnight guests. Everyone can wake up and make their toast or bagels at their leisure, or you can serve it with toast points at a full brunch. Open a bottle of champagne, and you’re ready for a fancy morning with very little effort!
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip or Spread
This easy salmon dip is just right for crackers, bagels, or toast!
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- 8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese softened
- 1/4 c. plain yogurt fat free is fine
- 2 green onions sliced very thin, plus a little more for garnish if desired
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 4 oz. peppered hot smoked salmon shredded (discard skin)
With a sturdy spoon or electric mixer, vigorously stir cream cheese and yogurt together until smooth and fluffy.
Stir in green onion, lemon juice, and salmon. Garnish with green onions if desired.
You could substitute a small can or pouch of boneless, skinless salmon if you prefer. If using this substitution, add some coarsely ground black pepper as well.
- Prep Time: 5
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Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
Great! You have your old response system in place again—and not that TAPS thing. I emailed them direct last week. Haven’t heard a thing. Dips and crackers are always always a favorite. I am weak in regard to dip recipes. So I pinned this easy peasy one.
Hi, Carol! I’m not sure what TAPS thing you mean. I did try out a social commenting thing for a day or two, but that was a while ago. Maybe you stopped by while I was trying it out. Sorry if you didn’t like it! Glad you DO like the dip :) Thanks!
Thank you so much sharing such great recipes. I do love salmon a lot I hope to try this recipe soon. It just look so easy. Bye for now.
Thanks, Jo! I hope you love it. I ate it on toast again this morning and then couldn’t resist dipping a few corn chips in it too. It’s kinda dangerous!
I don’t pop in to comment as often as I should but I do enjoy all of the recipes that you share and this one sounds delicious (except that I am not fond of pepper, lol). Thanks so much for sharing all of the fantastic pictures and recipes!
Thank you! I completely understand being too busy to keep up with all the blogs you’d like to read. I wish I could get an hour or two in my day just for that! I always appreciate it when you do find the time to stop by :)