Creamy Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

By Sally Cameron on May 17, 2020

Appetizers & Snacks, Gluten-Free, the daniel plan

This smoked salmon dip is my “go-to” recipe for snacking during the week and when friends are coming for dinner. With a food processor this smooth and creamy spread goes together together in just minutes. Horseradish gives it extra zing and the dill adds a fresh garden flavor. The surprise ingredient is the smoked spices.  And leftovers work for breakfast!

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Creamy Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Here’s an updated version of a favorite recipe. We originally photographed it prettily piped onto toasted slices of baguette as I use it for catering. The problem with that pretty shot is it makes it look fussy, and its not. So here it is as we usually eat it – as a dip. It super easy! Just dump all of the ingredients into the food processor and puree. Serve with cool cucumber slices, crackers, baguette slices, bell pepper strips or endive leaves.

Because you can never have too many recipes in your go-to file, use this dip for everything from everyday snacking, to casual entertaining and holiday gatherings. Watching the big game with the gang? Whip up a batch of easy smoked salmon dip. Friends coming over? Invited over and asked to bring an appetizer? You get it. It works for almost every occasion.

Smoky Spices

For a smoky flavor that pairs beautifully with the smoked salmon I use Smoked paprika and smoked black pepper. If you like smoky flavors you’ll love having these versatile spices in your pantry. I use them in all sorts of dishes. No smoked spice? No problem. Make it with regular paprika and black pepper

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Dip, Spread or Piped Mousse

Even though it’s quick and easy to make you can make the dip a day or two ahead to save time. It can be made to serve four (half recipe), or doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. If you want to go fancy for an upscale party (maybe for holidays), use a piping bag with a star tip. Using a piping bag is also a great way to hold it in the refrigerator. Pipe onto cucumber slices, into endive spears, in little baked phyllo cups or onto crostini. Use lemon zest, capers, red onion and fresh dill as garnish and beautiful flair.

Find reusable piping bags here, disposable piping bags here, and star tips here. For another seafood-based appetizer (always a hit at catered parties) try these mini baked crab cakes.

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Smoked Salmon Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 685IU14%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

If you enjoy smoked salmon, you will love this easy smoked salmon dip. Whips together in minutes for appetizers and snacking. Serve with raw veggies, crispy crostini or crackers. Endive leaves make good dippers too.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dip, smoked salmon, snack appetizer, spread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 154kcal


Smoked Salmon Dip

  • 6 ounces smoked salmon
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked or regular paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or regular ground black pepper

Garnish Options

  • Capers, drained
  • finely diced red onion
  • Smoked paprika
  • lemon zest
  • dill fronds


  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to serve.
  • For serving, place in a bowl for spreading and dipping surrounded by your choice of veggies, crackers or crostini.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

Originally published March 4, 2013

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  1. Sally - March 4th, 2013

    Sally, I made this to take to my parents for Christmas…but because we were transporting this along w/ a ham, i chose to prepare it as a dip, w/ the capers, onions and dill lined on top. It was a big hit! I doubled it and left some behind for morning bagels the next day. Thank you!!!

  2. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth - March 4th, 2013

    My parents are coming for Easter brunch and they love salmon! Thanks for the great appetizer idea 🙂

  3. Michelle K - March 4th, 2013

    They were GREAT! YUM! Thanks for bringing them.

  4. Sally - March 4th, 2013

    Sally, this is delicious!Thank you for sharing! I will be making this appetizer for my cocktail party next weekend!

  5. Stephanie - March 4th, 2013


    This firmed up nicely overnight in the refrigerator, but on removing it from the cold refrigerator and loading the pastry bag, the mousse becomes too thin and unsuitable for piping.

    How can I thicken the mousse so it can be piped onto crostini within the next 4 hours?

    Help & Thank you!

  6. Sally - March 4th, 2013

    Hi Stephanie. I’m not sure what went wrong for you. I’ve not had that happen. Maybe the cottage cheese was too juicy? I’d add more cream cheese until it’s thicker. Taste and add more seasoning (lemon, smoked paprika, etc). If you lose to much of the salmon flavor, add more salmon. Put it all back in the food processor and process to combine. Let me know what happens. You can always skip piping and place in a nice bowl or crock to serve as a spread.

    You might try draining the cottage cheese in a fine strainer or through cheese cloth. I’ve not had to do that. In the future, try another brand of cottage cheese. They do vary.

  7. Janel - March 4th, 2013

    The meat market behind our house just started selling smoked salmon. They make great homemade jerky, so I’m hoping the fish will be as good. Can’t wait to try it in your dip.

  8. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon - March 4th, 2013

    Sally, This is so beautiful piped. I think this has a lot of wow factor. I like the idea of using cottage cheese, but only after a whirl around the food processor. I use it in place of ricotta if I can’t find the good stuff. And yes on the Persian cukes.

  9. Sally - March 4th, 2013

    You are right Madonna, it is beautiful piped. But so many people just are not going to deal with a piping bag (even though I love to pipe stuff because they are fun to work with). Most often I make it just like this, as a quick dip. So easy. The smoked spices are just fantastic. Sure, to insure a really smooth dish you could puree the cottage first, then add the cream cheese. The ricotta is an interesting idea and I’ll bet would work well. Yep, love those sweet, crunchy Persian cucumbers! As they are quite small, cut them on long diagonal slices to get a decent size piece to dip.

  10. Dave Duckwitz - March 5th, 2013

    This is one of my absolute favorites! Soooo tasty I could eat the entire bowl all by myself!! Love it!

  11. Julia | - March 9th, 2013

    This is such a delicious recipe, and so timely: I’ve been looking to makes something different with smoked salmon aside with usual breakfast stuff and pasta. I happen to have a lot of smoked salmon in my freezer as my husband ordered 30 pounds of seafood a couple of months ago. Just pinned it!

  12. Robin - May 17th, 2013

    How far in advance may I pipe unto toast points? Beautiful presentation!

  13. Sally - May 21st, 2013

    Hi Robin, not too far ahead as the toasts or crostini may get soggy if they sit for too long. I usually do it very close to serving time, maybe 30 minutes ahead.

  14. Peter @Feed Your Soul Too - July 12th, 2013

    This looks awesome and I love smoked salmon. I like how you paired it with the other ingredients. I featured it on my Friday Five – Smoked addition over @ Feed Your Soul Too –

  15. Sally - February 4th, 2014

    Thanks Peter! Hope it was enjoyed!

  16. Abby Foster (aunt Sally's favorite niece) - February 4th, 2014

    You made this while I was visiting. Absolutely fantastic love it.

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