Smoked salmon dip is bursting with bright accents of lemon and dill intermingled with tender bits of smoky salmon. This enticing dip won’t last long at your next party!
I remember Christmas as a kid at my grandma’s house. She always served the most exquisite foods, with smoked salmon being one in particular that has always stood out to me. It was my first introduction to salmon, and unfortunately, the flavorful fish and I only remained acquaintances, because at grandma’s house kids weren’t allowed to eat the ‘fancy food’.
Perhaps, the alure of the forbidden reeled me in, because as an adult I have always enjoyed delicacies like smoked salmon with extra zeal. Heck, a few years ago I had a legit smoked salmon birthday ‘cake’!
Smoked Salmon Dip
One of my favorite ways to enjoy smoked salmon is by turning it into a tantalizing party dip. My smoked salmon dip is loaded with flaky salmon, fresh dill, and a squeeze of lemon. A dollop of horseradish warms the flavor up, while soy adds a welcomed umami component.
How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip
There is no cooking required to make this dip. All of the ingredients can be added to a large bowl and mixed together. This dip is best when prepared in advance because it gives time for the flavors to meld together. However, if you are pressed for time it can be served immediately as well.
How to Customize this Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe
Smoked salmon dip is very versatile, there are many ways for you to add your own spin to this recipe. Horseradish and/or soy could be removed if you don’t enjoy those flavors. You could even remove the lemon or dill, but the flavor wouldn’t be nearly as bright or interesting.
Some possible additions to this dip would be capers, lemon zest, or even a few dashes of hot sauce or crushed red peppers. If you are feeling extra motivated, roasted garlic would be phenomenal!
How to Serve Smoked Salmon Dip
I recommend serving this dip with bagel chips, or a hearty gourmet cracker. It would also be great on toasted bread. Heck, even Ritz crackers would be great, but they wouldn’t be my first choice.
Since this is a dairy-based dip, don’t let it sit at room temperature all day at your party. I recommend using an iced serving bowl (affiliate link) to keep the dip at a proper temperature. If you don’t have one, I recommend keeping the dip out for 4 hours or less so you don’t risk food poisoning.
This smoked salmon dip isn’t the only great party dip. If you are looking for more recipes for your party spread, check out my Million Dollar Dip, Pickle Wrap Dip, Jalapeno Popper Dip, or Clam Dip recipes too.
Smoked Salmon Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese (warmed to soften)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 8 ounces smoked salmon (shredded or minced)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Bagel chips, gourmet crackers, or toasted bread
- In medium bowl whisk to combine cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, and soy sauce.
- Add all remaining ingredients, mix further to combine, taste for salt and adjust as needed.
- The dip can be served immediately but the flavor is best when stored in the refrigerator overnight.
- Serve with bagel chips, crackers or toasted bread,
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