Appetizer/ Recipe

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip

June 10, 2015 (Last Updated: October 11, 2020)

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip is a quick and easy appetizer. This delicious dip is made with just two ingredients and is perfect to spread on crackers or scoop up with pita chips. 

A bowl full of a dip with chunks of salmon.

Whenever we have a get-together I always have my ol’ standbys that I serve again and again.  Smoked salmon and cream cheese dip is one of those standbys….and for good reason….it is delicious!

It’s always a hit, no matter what time of year I serve it.  And the best part…it’s super easy to make, only takes two ingredients, and can be made ahead of time!  No wonder it’s a standby.

A white plate with crackers topped with a cheese spread.

Crackers topped with a salmon dip.

For this recipe we use our own smoked salmon, but you can easily buy smoked salmon.  It is available in most grocery stores in the meat department.  I like the salmon chunked and then just folded into the cream cheese.  This is perfect served with crackers or fresh veggies.  Add it to your next get-together and watch it disappear!

To make this ahead of time, simply cover dip and store in the refrigerator.  Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before serving.  You want to cream cheese to soften slightly.  Otherwise it is difficult to spread the dip.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip is a perfect appetizer

Tips for Making Salmon Dip

  • Make certain cream cheese is at room temperature
  • Mix cream cheese until it is soft and creamy
  • Break smoke salmon into small chunks
  • Add salmon to cream cheese
  • Fold in carefully
  • Place dip into a serving bowl
  • Cover and refrigerate until needed
  • Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving so dip is spreadable

Other great appetizers I like to serve

A turquoise bowl filled with a cream cheese dip.

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A bowl full of a dip with chunks of salmon.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip

Smoked salmon in a cream cheese mixture. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 90 kcal


  • 4 oz Smoked Salmon
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (Softened)


  • Place cream cheese in a bowl. Mix by hand or with a mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Chunk smoked salmon.
  • Fold into cream cheese.
  • If making ahead of time, cover and store in refrigerator.
  • Serve at room temperature.


Calories: 90kcalProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 161mgPotassium: 51mgVitamin A: 315IUCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip, Smoked Salmon Appetizer
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  • Reply
    =Frd G
    March 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    Great combo of good ingredients

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    June 12, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Smoked salmon and cream cheese is such a delicious combo! Love that you used your own smoked salmon too!

  • Reply
    June 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    What a great idea, Kathy! This dip looks great and I can see why it’s a staple in your family!

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    Sam @ SugarSpunRun
    June 11, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I’ve never tried this before, but it definitely sounds like a combo I would love 🙂

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    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    June 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

    If you would have asked me 3 years ago what my dessert island breakfast was, it would have been smoked salmon and cream cheese. I just don’t have enough of it in my life right now. This looks really, REALLY tasty– especially on that Triscuit. Gimmie plz.

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      June 10, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Sounds like it’s time for you to have some smoked salmon and cream cheese!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    June 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I love two ingredient recipes – especially when they are savory delicious snacks like this salmon spread!

    • Reply
      June 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Nice and easy…doesn’t get much better than that!

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