Classic Smoked Salmon Dip

By Mark Hinds  |  Updated May 26, 2021  |  0 Comments 

With its rich flavors and creamy texture, this smoked salmon dip hits all the right notes in this classic appetizer.

To get this swinging 1950s party food ready for your next soirée we’ve done a little renovation work to this dish, brightening things up and adding some depth of flavor.

This is the type of dish that shows off salmon’s versatility as an ingredient and is one of our favorite appetizers to serve around the holidays.

This recipe can be made several days ahead but is best garnished right before serving. If you don’t have hickory smoked sea salt and aren’t interested in getting some, you can substitute regular salt. In our testing red salmon gave the dish a nicer color than pink salmon does.

Classic Smoked Salmon Dip

Classic Smoked Salmon Dip

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people


  • 1 15 oz can red salmon, drained
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hickory smoked sea salt


  • Finely dice the green tops off a bunch of green onions, reserving the diced onion for later.
  • In a food processor finely chop the white part of the green onions and the garlic.  
  • Drain the salmon and add it to the food processor along with the cream cheese, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, hot sauce, and hickory smoked salt.
  • Run the food processor until everything is smooth, pink, and creamy. Fold in 3/4 of the finely diced green onion tops and chill for at least 30 minutes.  
  • When you’re ready to serve, garnish the salmon dip with the rest of the green onions and serve with crackers.
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Mark Hinds

A passionate writer, overly curious cook, and Umami's founder. Mark can often be found cooking for friends.

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