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Smoked Salmon Dip is a creamy, flavor-packed dip that is a real crowd pleaser. With just a few simple ingredients, this classic appetizer is as easy as it is delicious!
If you’re looking for something a little elegant and classy for your next party, this smoked salmon dip is a real show stopper! It looks great on an appetizer buffet alongside other favorites like Chicken Crack Dip and Cheesy Hot Bacon Dip.
Smoked Salmon Dip Ingredients
Remember that high quality ingredients are important to a a great tasting dip.
- Smoked Salmon – Quality is important to the flavor, so don’t skimp on the main ingredient. Look for dense, vacuum packed smoked salmon fillets.
- Cream cheese – Use a full fat, brick-style cream cheese.
- Sour cream – For a rich and creamy dip, full fat is preferred. You can swap for a plain Greek yogurt or mayo, but they might make the dip too sweet.
- Fresh herbs – Dill and chives; fresh is best!
How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip
Up your party dip game with this classic smoked salmon dip! It tastes and feels super classy and elegant and no one will know it took you all of 10 minutes!
- Mix the base. Use an electric mixer and a medium sized mixing bowl and beat the cream cheese and sour cream together until smooth.
- Add flavor. Stir in fresh chives and dill.
- Add the smoked salmon. Finely chop the fish into small pieces, then stir into the dip. I love doing it this way because you get little chunks of salmon with every scoop.
Make Ahead, Storage and Serving
Make ahead: Prepare up to 24 hours in advance. Store it tightly covered in the fridge until ready to serve.
Leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freezer: Salmon dip is safe to freeze, but I don’t recommend it because sour cream doesn’t usually hold up well in the freezer.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with elegant crackers, baguette slices, crostini or raw vegetables.
Recipe Notes and Tips
- Taste your dip before adding the salt. You can omit the salt completely to lower sodium content.
- This dip will continue to deepen in flavor as it sits.
- Fresh dill and chives are best for this recipe. They are readily available all year long and fairly inexpensive – it will be worth it! Dried herbs can be substituted but its not the same.
- Even easier, you can make this dip in your food processor. Just dump all the ingredients in, give it a few pulses and voila ~ easy smoked salmon dip!
More Classy Dips to Try
Smoked Salmon Dip
- 8 ounces brick cream cheese room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
- In a medium sized bowl, use an electric mixer on low speed and combine the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
- Add the dill, chives and salt. Continue mixing until well incorporated.
- Gently stir in the smoked salmon.
- Serve with crackers, sliced baguette and/or fresh veggies.
You can omit the salt completely to lower sodium content.
Fresh dill and chives are best for this recipe. They are readily available all year long and fairly inexpensive - it will be worth it! Dried herbs can be substituted but its not the same.