Smoked Salmon Dip

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Smoked Salmon Dip is a rich and creamy dip or spread for crackers, bread, and crunchy vegetables. Made with a softened cream cheese base and combined with a home-smoked salmon, this dip takes the flavors to the next level!

wooden bowl with smoked salmon dip and garnished with flakes of smoked salmon.

Best Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked salmon dip is a classic appetizer, and for good reason! The flavors of hardwood smoke and sweet salmon combined with cool cream cheese and fresh lemon make for an absolutely irresistible dip. I’ve served this dip at many gatherings, and it’s always a crowd favorite.

Most recipes you find online for smoked salmon dip call for purchasing pre-smoked and vacuum sealed salmon. While this is a perfectly fine way to make the dip (and there are plenty of good-quality smoked salmon options on the market), nothing tastes quite as good as smoking the salmon yourself.

Hot Smoked Salmon Dip

There are two different types of smoked salmon: cold smoked salmon, which is typically salt cured before being smoked and sliced thin, or hot smoked salmon, which is cooked through on the smoker and then flaked. For smoked salmon dip, I prefer using a Hot Smoked Salmon that will flake and mix beautifully into the dip.

For you cold smoked salmon fans out there, try out my Smoked Salmon Appetizer. It’s another awesome appetizer that’ll wow all your guests.

This recipe calls for 8 oz of hot smoked salmon (about 2 portions) so I usually smoke a few whole salmon fillets to eat with my family and reserve enough salmon to use in this dip the next day. I season the salmon with simple salt and pepper or with a lemon pepper seasoning before smoking and then cook at 225 degrees F until the salmon reads 145 degrees F internal temperature and flakes when gently pressed with a fork.

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip

Several variations exist with this dip where you can alter the creamy base of the dip to change the flavors. Some people use mayo or sour cream, but my absolute favorite is a cream cheese base. There is nothing more iconic or perfectly balanced than smoked salmon and cream cheese.

When preparing this recipe, make sure your cream cheese is fully softened so the smoked salmon combines easily into a smooth mixture. If the cream cheese is cold, it can create lumps in your dip or your salmon will break apart too much when trying to combine everything.

Here’s what you’ll need for this dip (exact measurements available in the recipe card below):

  • Salmon
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Softened Cream Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dill Weed
  • Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Lemon Zest

Once you have all the ingredients assembled, you’re ready to smoke the salmon and mix the dip!

smoked salmon dip in a wooden bowl on a platter with crackers, baguettes, and fresh red bell peppers.

How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip

This appetizer is easy to make, and believe me when I say it is worth it to smoke your own fish versus buying the store-bought kind. It’s ready in 3 quick steps, and once made, you’ll have an appetizer ready to feed a [hungry] crowd.

  1. Smoke the salmon. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F. Season the salmon with lemon pepper seasoning (or simply salt and pepper, if you prefer) and smoke until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 145 degrees F. Remove the fish from the grill and allow it to cool fully. Once cooled, flake the salmon.
  2. Mix the dip. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the salmon. Stir thoroughly. When well combined, gently fold in the flaked salmon. Transfer the salmon dip to a serving bowl. Garnish with the fresh lemon zest and additional dill (if desired) before serving.
  3. Serve! Feel free to serve this smoked salmon dip with whatever you prefer. This dip tastes great with crackers, sliced baguettes, and your favorite crunchy vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers.

More Salmon Recipes

Are you a salmon lover like me? Does salmon satisfy pretty much any day of the week? If so, check out more of these salmon recipes from Hey Grill Hey. They’re all seasoned to perfection to bring out that perfect salmon flavor that matches beautifully with smoking or grilling.

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Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

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Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

By: Susie Bulloch (
4.75 from 4 votes
Smoked salmon dip is a rich and creamy dip or spread for crackers, bread, or crunchy vegetables. The home smoked salmon takes the flavors to the next level!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Servings8 people


  • 8 oz salmon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon dill weed minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  • Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F. Season the salmon with the lemon pepper seasoning and place in the smoker. Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F (about 30-45 minutes). Allow the salmon to cool before flaking.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the salmon. Stir thoroughly. When well combined, gently fold in the flaked salmon. Garnish with the fresh lemon zest and additional dill (if desired) before serving.
  • I recommend serving the smoked salmon dip with crackers, sliced baguettes, and your favorite crunchy vegetables like bell peppers and cucumbers.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 126mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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

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**This post was originally published January 2019. It has since been updated with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.



Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Dre says:

    I would like to use some Atlantic salmon that was hot-smoked and finished with a maple glaze. What kind of flavors & ingredients would you use in a dip that is based on a maple glazed salmon?

  2. Ben Meuchel says:

    Is there a good way to preserve this i.e. freeze or vacuum seal? I would love to separate it into smaller amounts and distribute it as christmas gifts. But I have a lot of people I would gift it to and would have to get started weeks before christmas.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Either of those options will work fine!

  3. Eva says:

    Made it. Love it! Can’t stop eating it. Fish to base ratio is perfect with a nice balance of the two flavors.

  4. Eva says:

    I assume you mean fresh dill and not dried since you say to mince it? Thanks.

    I’ve really enjoyed lots of other recipes from your site!

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Fresh dill if you can find it!

  5. Paul Zahorchak says:

    When smoking the salmon, did you put a water bath in the smoker to help keep it from drying out?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Nope. I’ve never needed a water pan.

  6. Tim says:

    I’ve made this a few times and its a keeper. However, I think the fresh squeeze lemon juice/dill weed slightly overpowers the smoked salmon flavor. I’ll certainly make it again, but adjust accordingly. I’m curious if the dill tartness is pronounced to anyone else.

  7. Kenisha S says:

    I can’t wait to try this. What about cooking the salmon In the love? Who temperature do you recommend for oven and how long?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      This recipe will work exactly the same in the oven.

  8. Nate says:

    My wife and I loved the look of the recipe as there is no mayo. I do believe the amount of salmon suggested is significantly off. I smoked a 1.18 lb filet at 220 for 90 minutes to 145 degree internal temp. In preparation, I doubled the mixture content. After shredding the salmon, I still had at least 3/4 lbs or so of fish. I pulled 1/2 of the mixture back out and folded the salmon into the mixture as listed in the recipe. Flavor came out great! Only complaint from both of us was it needed more salmon or less of the mixture. My recommendation would be 1.5 pound filet (before smoking) with the same contents as listed in the recipe. 4 oz is substantially shy of what is needed…. Even thought it was a typo when I first read it.

    1. JOEL ZUBARIK says:

      how did it turn out , making it tonite

  9. Robin Bullinger says:

    This looks fabulously awesome! Can’t save so gotta join, can I save then?

  10. Dennis Seibert says:

    What’s your choice on the type of wood

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      I like to use maple wood for salmon.

      1. Mike says:

        Can you make without a smoker ?

        1. Hey Grill Hey says:

          Yes! Just follow the smoker instructions in your oven!