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Smoked Salmon Dip

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Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe – This easy Low Carb Dip is made with cream cheese and a handful of bold ingredients to make the smokiest zestiest dip you’ve ever tried!

Small pieces of toasted bread with salmon dip on the tip

Low Carb Smoked Dip

So, you’re sticking to your guns on your new low-carb lifestyle.

Good for you! As football season and winter holidays approach, I hope to offer some extra celebration recipes that you can still enjoy on a low-carb or ketogenic diet.

Although I have unabashedly photographed today’s Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe with sliced baguettes, it’s just as delicious, and ultra low carb, if you serve it with raw cut vegetables or keto chips.

Small bowl filled with the smoked salmon dip with some toasted bread on the plate around it

Smoked Salmon 

We have made all sorts of smoked salmon spread variations over the years. Some from famous chefs. Some using ingredients to clean out the refrigerator. Even some for speed and convenience.

However, this 10-ingredient version is the smoked salmon dip recipe that my family thinks is the best.

You can use store-bought smoked salmon, or leftover salmon you smoked at home. Either way, it turns out pearly pink, perky, and packed with flavor!

Half of the ingredients placed in the food processor ready to get blended together

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • Smoked SalmonWhen buying this at the market, look for dense vacuum-packed wild caught fillets.
  • Cream CheeseThis creates a thick silky base.
  • Sour CreamSome recipes call for mayonnaise instead of sour cream, but I feel it makes the dip too sweet. You can use 1/2 cup for a thick “spread-like” dip or 3/4 cup sour cream for a dip that is better for scooping.
  • Scallions A little goes a long way.
  • CapersDon’t overkill on the capers, or the dip will be too salty.
  • Lemon Zest For extra zip!
  • DillFresh is best. Use the rest of the bunch in salads and dressings.
  • HorseradishThis adds a unique underlying flavor, you can’t quite put your finger on.
  • Smoked Paprika My favorite spice to accentuate the smoky essence of the salmon.
  • Crushed Red Pepper For a little kick! Add as much as you like.
Another half of the ingredients placed in the food processor to finish combining together

How To Make Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

This recipe could not be any more simple.

  1. Just dump the creamy ingredients and spices in a food processor.
  2. Puree.
  3. Then scrape the bowl and add in the smoked salmon, green onions, and capers.
  4. Puree again, stopping when it’s the consistency you like. You can make it pretty smooth, like mine, or leave it a little chunky. 

See the Full (Printable) Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe + VIDEO Below for More Details!

Small bowl of smoked fish dip garnished with dill with toasted bread

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Use Homemade Smoked Salmon?

Of course! However, your salmon might not have as much salt in it as packaged smoked salmon. So taste it, and salt if needed at the end.

Can I Make Other Varieties of Smoked Fish Dip Using This Recipe?

Sure you can! Swap the smoked salmon for 6 ounces of smoked trout, mackerel, cod, or any other smoked fish you have on hand.

Can I Eat This Right Away?

Sure! However, the flavors mingle and develop over time, so it’s best to refrigerate it for at least one hour before serving.

Can I Skip The Horseradish?

You can omit any of the herbs, spices, and seasoning you like. However, we have specifically picked these to create the best flavor combination.

Is This Recipe Gluten Free?

Yes! Just be sure to double-check the salmon packaging to make sure there is no hidden gluten in the seasoning. 

I’m Low Carb. What Should I Serve Salmon Dip With?

I’d go with raw cut veggies, baked vegetable chips, or keto crackers.

How Long Does Smoked Dip Keep In The Refrigerator?

For at least 7-10 days. 

Little metal spreader with some spread on a piece of bread

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Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The BEST smoked salmon dip recipe we’ve ever made. Plus, it’s Low Carb and Keto if you eat it with veggies!
Servings: 20



  • In the bowl of a food processor, measure out the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon zest, dill, horseradish, paprika, and crushed red pepper. *Add 1/2 cup sour cream if you want your dip thick and “spread-like” or 3/4 cup sour cream if you want it more loose like a dip. 
  • Cover and puree the ingredients. Then scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Now add the smoked salmon, green onions, and capers to the food processor. Cover and pulse until the salmon is broken into small pieces and well incorporated. You can puree it smooth, or leave it a little chunky. 
  • Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. 



DO NOT SALT. Both smoked salmon and capers are very salty. If you add salt or forget to rinse the capers, the dip might turn out too salty.


Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 45kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 144mg, Potassium: 58mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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20 comments on “Smoked Salmon Dip”

  1. Real Butter + Slow cookers== Heck yes! 😉😊

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  3. This was really good! The husband loved it. I’ll definitely be making this again. Thanks! 

  4. Such a great idea about the smoked salmon dip recipe thanks sharing

  5. Such a great idea about the smoked recipe thanks sharing this article and too good recipes

  6. This is one of my favorite dips to make – not everyone expects that it has salmon in it, but they all end up loving it anyways! 

  7. Made this dip
    and was very happy with results. Didn’t have smoked paprika so just used regular. Only had dried dill and still worked great. Added 1/4 of top of crushed red and wound up adding a other 1/4 tsp. Also added 1 tsp at a time of lemon zest. At the end added 1 turn of pink Himalayan Salt and 2 turns of cracked pepper. Also used chive and onion cream cheese.

  8. Made it…….loved it! Just wondering, I have quite a few cans of salmon on hand. Could I substitute canned salmon for smoked, and perhaps just add a few drops of liquid smoke?

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  10. I made this dip yesterday for a party today and I could hardly stay out of it. The only ingredient I did not have were the capers, but I just happened to have everything else, even the fresh dill. This is the best smoked salmon dip I have ever tasted. I can’t wait to take it to the party this afternoon, after I sample it again or course.

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  12. I think you meant to put a teaspoon of lemon zest. I did the tablespoon and everyone thought it was overpowering. Will try it again, but with way less zest. Thanks for the recipe. Was very easy to make

  13. Such a great seafood dip!  Sounds so amazing! 

  14. This is the perfect late night snack or appetizer! Love how easy it is to throw together.

  15. What a delicious appetizer! I bet it’s gone so fast! It has so many yummy flavors!

  16. Love this salmon dip! I make it every time I’m hosting a party and it’s always a hit!

  17. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

  18. I loved this! It was really amazing!! A new favorite dip in my house!

  19. We love this dip!!! And love all the flavorful components!

  20. We can’t get enough of this dip!