Smoked Salmon Spread

This Smoked Salmon Spread is creamy and delicious, with a smoky flavor and saltiness from smoked salmon, and lots of fresh dill. It’s perfect for entertaining, and only takes 5 minutes to make!

Whenever I host a party or get-together, smoked salmon always makes an appearance in some form, and this creamy salmon spread is one of my favorite appetizers.

Smoked Salmon Spread - Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese

If I’m feeling up for the prep, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs are my favorite thing to serve because people go gaga over them, but deviled eggs can be a bit tedious to make. And I’m almost always making several things for entertaining, so I need to limit the prep-heavy foods.

That’s where this recipe comes in. It only takes about 5 minutes to make, it can be made a day ahead, and it feels so much like party food.

The smoked salmon is definitely the star flavor, but you get brightness from fresh lemon, the classic complimentary herb flavor from fresh dill, a little bite from fresh scallions, and creaminess that comes mostly from cream cheese, with a touch of Greek yogurt and sour cream for tang. It’s a flavor powerhouse.

Salmon Spread for Crackers

As you can see with the cracker above, this is definitely more of a spread than a dip, but if you wanted to, you could definitely thin this recipe out for a more dip-like consistency. Both sour cream and buttermilk are great options for that.

How to Make Smoked Salmon Spread:

In a food processor, combine smoked salmon, cream cheese, sour cream, greek yogurt, fresh dill, scallion, minced garlic, and black pepper:

Smoked Salmon Spread Recipe - In Food Processor with Cream Cheese, Salmon, and Dill

I don’t usually add salt because of all the salt in the smoked salmon.

Put the lid on and blend it all together, until smooth. I like to stop when there are no longer any big chunks of smoked salmon, but you can still see little bits of orange and green, showing the salmon and fresh dill.

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Spread - in food processor blended

Use a spatula to scrape the smoked salmon spread into a bowl for serving, or if you’re making it ahead, into a storage container up to 1 day in advance.

What to Serve with Salmon Spread:

I recommend a mix of fresh sliced bread, fancy crackers, sliced cucumbers, sliced radishes, and even endive cups. That way you have a good mix of fresh vegetables that anyone eating grain-free can enjoy, but of course, eating this spread with crackers or crostini is more traditional.

Salmon Spread Recipe - With Crackers, Vegetables, for Appetizer

This Salmon Salad is also a delicious dish to serve with crackers for a party, or to pack on a picnic. Enjoy!

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Smoked Salmon Spread

This Smoked Salmon Spread is creamy and delicious, with a smoky flavor and saltiness from smoked salmon, and lots of fresh dill. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked salmon spread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 , makes 1.5 cups of spread
Calories 126kcal


  • 8 oz block cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 oz smoked salmon chopped
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 scallion sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp packed fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper


  • Place the cream cheese, smoked salmon, sour cream, greek yogurt, scallion, lemon juice, garlic, dill, and black pepper in a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste the mixture and add salt if you’d like (I didn’t add any, since the smoked salmon is fairly salty).
  • Serve with crackers or crostini. Enjoy!


 This recipe may be made up to 1 day ahead. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 203mg | Sugar: 1g

Post updated with new photos, writing, and tips in July 2018. Originally published July 2013.