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 baguette slices or bagel chips, 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 Green onions, chives, or red onion. A little goes a long way.
  • CapersDon’t overkill on the capers, or the dip will be too salty.
  • Lemon Zest For extra zip! (No fresh lemon juice needed.)
  • 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 like cucumber slices and carrot sticks, 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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