This elegant and easy to make smoked salmon dip recipe is so creamy and light and perfect to use as a dip or spread!

Flaked smoked salmon is mixed in a base of cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo with just a touch of fresh dill and capers.

It’s easy, it’s fresh, it’s delicious!

Smoked Salmon Dip on bread

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

  • Smoked salmon dip is ready in 10 minutes with only a handful of inexpensive ingredients and a food processor!
  • Picnic and party perfect, cold and creamy smoked salmon dip upgrades any vegetable platter! Just add some skinny breadsticks and a few strawberries or grapes as a garnish!
  • Double up the recipe and package in cute jars with a ribbon to give as hostess gifts with some homemade crostini.
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Ingredients and Variations

Salmon: Buy pre-packaged Alaskan smoked salmon or make it yourself and have plenty to use in other recipes or to freeze! Canned salmon needs to be drained first and will not have that “smoky” flavor but you could add a few drops of liquid smoke until you get the flavor you want.

Base: Cream cheese and sour cream give this dip its uber-rich and creamy base. For the best flavor, go for full-fat dairy. Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream for fewer calories and a tangier flavor.

Seasonings: Fresh dill and capers are all you need to balance the flavors of smoky, salty salmon. If using dried dill, the conversion is 1 teaspoon of dried to 1 tablespoon of fresh.

Variations: Add a little lemon zest or a splash of lemon juice and some sliced green onions for a punch of flavor and color. Make a zesty smoked salmon dip by adding some homemade Cajun seasoning or a mild Italian blend. Even a little freshly roasted garlic will add new depths of flavor to salmon dip.

How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip

  1. Process cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and lemon juice in a food processor until combined (as per the recipe card below).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and “pulse” the dip until desired consistency.

Pro Tip!

You want some small bits of salmon in every bite so avoid turning the dip into a puree.

bowl of Smoked Salmon Dip with dill

Best Dippers for Dip

Sourdough crackers are sturdy and the perfect size for dipping, so are these fun wonton crisps, or hunks of toasted no knead bread. Celery, bell pepper wedges, and baked zucchini chips, and parmesan roasted broccoli are great, too! Smoked salmon dip can be used as a filler for stuffed mushrooms or mini peppers.

How to Store Smoked Salmon Dip

Leftover smoked salmon dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Make this easy smoked salmon dip recipe for an elegant appetizer perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Candace


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill stems removed, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste


  • To the bowl of a food processor, add cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and lemon juice. Process until well combined.
  • Add smoked salmon, dill, capers, salt, and pepper. Process for a short time (or use "pulse"), watching carefully, leaving small chunks of smoked salmon, until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Put in a bowl and garnish with chopped dill and pepper, if desired, to serve.
  • Serve with crostini, crackers, or toast.


Makes about 2 cups.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 106 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dips
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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