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Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy jalapeno kick. Also amazing as smoked salmon spread on a bagel!

smoked salmon cream cheese dip in white square dish with crackers
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Smoked Salmon Dip is a perfect party appetizer. Unlike my popular salmon patties which are made with canned salmon, this smoked salmon dip is made with hot smoked salmon, which you can either buy or make yourself.

Set the mouthwatering salmon dip out and watch it compete with the deviled eggs for the fastest consumed food on the table.

I’m seriously feeling withdrawal symptoms as I write this post because my salmon spread is all gone. Must. Make. More. I debated whether I should call this salmon dip or salmon spread.

Either way, this stuff is my heroine. I am addicted. I crave it morning, noon, and night. I am not exaggerating. that is how much I love it.

top down picture of Smoked salmon dip with cream cheese, bacon, and hot smoked salmon

How to serve smoked salmon dip?

  • If you are serving as a dip, you can set out any kind of crackers, bread, or crostini as long as they are strong and won’t easily break because the dip is rather thick, especially if it is cold. An alternative would be to serve with a small spreading knife as shown. Or, you might find it quite entertaining to watch your guests break their crackers in the smoked salmon dip.
  • My most favorite way to eat this smoked salmon spread is on a toasted everything bagel with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Add some capers and thinly sliced red onion to the top and you have yourself a complete meal.
  • Smoked salmon dip is a great appetizer for any party or football watching event.

How long is smoked salmon dip good for?

I recommend two weeks in an air tight container stored in the refrigerator… if you don’t eat it all right away!

Smoked salmon spread on bagels with a glass of orange juice

How to make smoked salmon dip:

  • First, you must get your hands on some Alaskan hot smoked salmon. You can find hot smoked salmon at stores like Whole Foods and Costco. Hot smoked salmon is not the same as cold smoked salmon (which I also love and use in all kinds of homemade pasta recipes and appetizer recipes like smoked salmon crostini). Hot smoked salmon has a different texture and feels cooked, for a lack of a better description.
  • It’s important to use crispy cooked bacon. There is nothing worse than taking a bite and getting a piece of soggy bacon where you question whether the fat has been fully rendered. I highly recommend using my method of how to cook bacon ends & pieces.
  • The amount of heat in this smoked salmon dip depends on the type and amount of pepper you add. I love jalapeno but you can use something else if you desire. I’ve also found that organic jalapenos tend to pack more heat than conventionally grown peppers.
  • Mixing it all together is simple if you use your Stand mixer. Just be sure to mix everything fully before you add the smoked salmon and bacon so you can control the final texture.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Prep15 minutes
Total15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy jalapeno kick. Also amazing as smoked salmon spread on a bagel!



  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2/3 ounce fresh baby dill chopped
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 pound about 1 cup hot smoked salmon (meat should be cold, hot smoked refers to cooking process)
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon ends and pieces
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  • In bowl of stand mixer, cream together cream cheese and lemon juice on high speed for several minutes until well combined and fluffy. Scrape sides, then add dill, jalapeno, and garlic and blend until well mixed. Add in salmon chunks and bacon and mix just until combined. The more you mix, the less salmon chunks you’ll have.
  • Serve with crackers or crostini for an appetizer or spread on a bagel for breakfast.


Yield three cups


Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 320mg, Potassium: 106mg, Vitamin A: 605IU, Vitamin C: 4.2mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    So delicious! Love the flavor profile. Will be making it again when I have jalapeños on hand. Was delicious without it too.

    1. If you have hot smoked salmon, it will look like it’s cooked and that’s what you will use. You will not cook it. If you bought cold smoked salmon, it will look like it’s raw. This is the kind of salmon you eat as lox with bagels and cream cheese. You do not cook it as this is how it is supposed to be eaten, but this is not what you use for this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Dear Krissy,
    I made your smoked salmon dip last night. I didn’t have the hot smoked salmon so I used the cold. It turned out so goooood!! The lemon and dill flavors were poppin and slamming! Tastes better after flavors have time to meld together. So Good!! ALL your recipes are the bomb! Thanks CC

    1. If I were to guess, I think I ended up using about 3 tablespoons once it was removed from the stem and chopped. The amount of dill can vary depending on preference, as well.

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing, I would got to this restaurant back home and I really missed their smoked salmon. Now I have an equal substitute. Even my kids love it!!! All 6 of them they eat it like its candy.
    This will be a staple in out house. Thanks for putting this Amazing recipe out there for us to try!!!!!

  4. I would love to keep this recipe but don’t know how to save, can you share it?Betty
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  5. Krissy,
    I love this recipe. I smoked my own salmon on my traeger grill/smoker. It was delicious. However since it is on the thick side (and I wouldn’t change that) it should called a spread and always serve it with a decorative small spreader knife.
    Keep up I good work. So far all good recipes.


    1. I seriously debated between dip and spread because I usually eat it as a spread too! I guess as long as a spreader knife is there, it can be a dip. Great tip!