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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

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 pasta and appetizer recipes). 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.

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


  • 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. Krissy, I consider myself a foodie as well and I must say this recipe is exceptional. I smoked salmon to serve as an appetizer for Christmas tomorrow but decided to turn it into your dip. Now I don’t know if I want to serve it at all- Would much rather keep it for ourselves. This recipe made with all fresh ingredients, is simply perfect! Well done and thank you. I’ll be looking into your other recipes.

  2. We smoked our own salmon & I will make this dip! my question is, how long will it last? I’m having a party in 7 days, what do you suggest?

    1. Sorry for the late reply! Your party has already passed, but I would have recommended making it no more than a day or two in advance.

  3. 5 stars
    We fish salmon and Lake Trout from Lake Michigan. My husband smoked the fish and I made the dip. I have made smoked salmon dip before but we like the added jalepeño and bacon. Thanks!

  4. 4 stars
    Today, after work, I will go to shop for some INGREDIENTS, then I can do this, it should be very delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    My boyfriend and I discovered similar dip at a restaurant about an hour out of the way but continued to go back because how much we loved it. This salmon dip came out even better and we make it all of the time! Excellent tip for spreading it on a bagel. That is my new favorite breakfast 🙂 Thank you so much for posting Krissy!

  6. Can you use cold smoked salmon? Is there a brand of hot smoked salmon that you can recommend? I can only find cold smoked salmon in my local grocery store.

    1. Hi CJ, You can use cold smoked salmon, but it will taste more fishy. I would love it, but I’m not sure everyone would. I don’t have a brand recommendation because I’ve always hot smoked my own, but if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, I’m pretty sure they have some! Enjoy!!! Krissy

    1. Hi Yamillette – I would recommend just buying hot smoked salmon. Its different from cold smoked salmon. Otherwise, I don’t know how to get the same great taste and flavor without smoking it. Krissy

  7. 5 stars
    For some reason, I’m a little bit obsessed with spreading this dip on toasted bagels, a la your picture. This dip recipe is downright awesome, thanks so much Krissy! 🙂