Salmon Cream Cheese Bagels

Who needs a fancy brunch reservation when you can whip up a Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel masterpiece right in your own kitchen? This iconic combination is more than just a meal; it’s a symphony of textures and flavors that’s guaranteed to satisfy any time of day. Imagine a toasted, chewy bagel, slathered with creamy goodness, topped with melt-in-your-mouth salmon, and finished with a touch of your favorite toppings – a true culinary adventure in every bite.

But hold on, bagel aficionados! This recipe isn’t just about throwing ingredients together. We’re going beyond the ordinary, unlocking the secrets to creating the perfect Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel experience, from choosing the right bagel to selecting the freshest salmon and crafting your own signature flavor profile. So, grab your aprons and let’s dive into the delicious world of bagel bliss!

The History of the Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel

While the exact origin story is up for debate, the Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel has become a beloved breakfast (and beyond!) staple in many cultures. Its roots likely lie in the Jewish communities of New York City, where bagels and cream cheese were readily available and salmon, with its rich omega-3s, was a popular protein source. Over time, this simple combination evolved, incorporating various toppings and flavor profiles, becoming the versatile and universally loved dish we know today.

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Secret Ingredients: The Key to Bagel Perfection

The foundation of any great Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel lies in its components. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bagel: This is where the magic starts! Choose a high-quality bagel, ideally slightly chewy with a good crust. Sesame seed, poppyseed, or plain – the choice is yours! Toasting brings out the best in your bagel, so don’t skip this step.
  • Cream Cheese: Opt for full-fat cream cheese for the ultimate creamy experience. Feel free to get creative with flavored varieties like herb and garlic or chive and onion.
  • Salmon: Freshness is key! Look for high-quality smoked salmon, thinly sliced. Lox, with its richer flavor, is also a delicious option.
  • Toppings (Optional): Here’s where you can personalize your bagel! Popular choices include capers, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, alphalpha sprouts, fresh dill, and a squeeze of lemon.

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salmon cream cheese bagels

Salmon Cream Cheese Bagels

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Have you ever made salmon cream cheese bagels? Also known as bagels and lox, or bagels and salmon, this delicious and easy breakfast sandwich never fails to impress. Traditional toppings for our salmon cream cheese bagels include tomatoes, red onions, smoked salmon and capers. You can also add some alfalfa sprouts for a bit of variety. Subscribe to my YouTube channel!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1 Everything Bagel
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 slice red onion
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts optional


  • Toast the bagels.
  • Spread with cream cheese generously on each side.
  • Layer with the tomatoes, salmon, red onion and capers.
  • Top with the other bagel, cut in half, and enjoy!
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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