Smoked Salmon Dip

Transform Leftover Smoked Salmon into Culinary Gold

Have leftover smoked salmon? Don’t let it go to waste! Today, we’re transforming that deliciousness into a crowd-pleasing Smoked Salmon Dip recipe that’s guaranteed to be devoured in minutes.

Think of it as the ultimate upgrade for your next game day gathering, picnic, or casual get-together. Creamy, savory, slightly smoky, and with a subtle zing – this versatile dip is ready to impress your guests. Best of all, my leftover apricot-honey smoked salmon finds a beautiful new purpose, so you get the most out of your culinary creations.

Why This Smoked Salmon Dip is a Must-Try

Let’s explore why this dip should be on your appetizer radar:

  • Effortless Elegance: This dip is incredibly simple to whip up, making it the perfect solution for impromptu gatherings or when you’re short on time.
  • Flavor Powerhouse: Each ingredient plays a vital role. Smoked salmon provides depth, cream cheese creates a luxuriously silky texture, sour cream and mayonnaise bring tangy freshness, while hot sauce and horseradish deliver a delightful touch of heat.
  • Perfect Starter: Pair it with crackers for a light yet flavorful appetizer that keeps guests satisfied while they await the main event.

Serving Suggestions & Delicious Variations

  • Crackers and Veggies: Arrange your favorite crackers alongside the dip for scooping. For a healthy twist, offer slices of crisp carrots, celery, or bell peppers.
  • Bagel Upgrade: Elevate your morning breakfast or brunch by spreading the dip on toasted bagels for a sophisticated take on a classic.
  • Spice It Up: Adjust the amount of hot sauce to your desired spice level.
  • Herb Infusion: Mix in fresh dill or tarragon for a burst of herbaceous flavor.

The Power of Versatility

This Smoked Salmon Dip recipe is a true culinary chameleon. Leftover smoked salmon not your thing? Here are some delicious substitutions to explore:

  • Smoked Trout: Offers the same wonderful smoky flavor and flakes beautifully into the creamy base.
  • Smoked Mackerel: A bolder flavor that pairs wonderfully with the tangy elements of the dip.
  • Canned Tuna: A budget-friendly option that transforms into a flavorful dip with just a few simple ingredients.

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Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

Smoked Salmon Dip

Recipe by Jason Hill –
If you ever have a chance to make my homemade honey smoked salmon, or you simply have some hot smoked salmon purchased from the store, this smoked salmon appetizer recipe is a great way to serve it. 
You can also incorporate the smoked salmon into the cream cheese dip with equally delicious results.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 10 oz. hot or cold smoked salmon
  • 1 box crackers


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons capers drained
  • 4 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 teaspoons chopped chives


  • Mix spread ingredients together and chill.
  • Spread the cheese mixture on crackers and top with the smoked salmon. (You can also incorporate the smoked salmon into the cream cheese dip with equally delicious results).
  • Garnish with extra chive stems, if desired.
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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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