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Add flair to bagels and sandwiches with smoked salmon cream cheese spread! Bold and creamy, the flavor will wow everyone.

Smoked Salmon Spread
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Looking for a fancy spread for parties, or to add some pizzazz to your lunch? Try this Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Spread! The flavor is bold, creamy, smoky, and herby all at once, and makes the ideal slather for bagels, sandwiches, toasts, and more. Serve it as part of bagel brunch spread, on toast for a light dinner, or on crackers as an easy lunch. There are infinite ways to use this one.

What you need for smoked salmon cream cheese spread

The smoked salmon does the heavy lifting here, with its bold flavor and buttery texture. All you need are a few fresh ingredients to make a stellar spread! Here we’ve used a little trick to keep things lighter: adding Greek yogurt! It brings a tangy and keeps the smoked salmon spread fluffy, and cuts a few of the calories as well. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Smoked salmon: Use cold-smoked salmon (with a soft texture), not hot-smoked salmon (which is flaky and more like cooked fish). Or course, either work! You can also use lox if its available to you.
  • Cream cheese: Full fat brings the best richness, but it also works with low fat.
  • Greek yogurt: Using yogurt in combination with cream cheese cuts some of the calories but none of the flavor!
  • Dijon mustard
  • Green onion
  • Fresh dill

You’ll whiz everything except the salmon in the food processor first, then add the salmon and pulse until it reaches the desired texture. Then you’re ready to schmear to your heart’s content!

Smoked Salmon Spread

Salt to taste

Most smoked salmon is very salty, but it depends on the brand and type. You’ll have to customize the flavor of the smoked salmon spread to the product you’re using. It should taste well seasoned once you add the smoked salmon. If the flavor doesn’t pop, add a few pinches of salt!

Ways to use smoked salmon spread

There are so many fun ways to use smoked salmon spread: our favorite is on a bagel! (Everything Bagel preferred, of course.) But you can use it as a spread for sandwiches, crackers, toast, and more. Here are some ideas:

  • Bagels for brunch
  • Sandwich: add this spread, then a few veggies like cucumber, lettuce, shredded carrots and tomato
  • Toast as a quick and easy meal
  • Rye bread or toasts as an appetizer spread
  • Crostini, dolloped with a sprig of dill on top

How do you plan to use this smoked salmon cream cheese spread? Let us know in the comments below!

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese
Use it as part of a smoked salmon bagel spread, along with herb cream cheese

More smoked salmon recipes

Smoked salmon is one of our favorite ingredients because it makes quick and easy, flavor-packed meals and appetizers! Try a few more of our smoked salmon recipes:

This smoked salmon spread with cream cheese recipe is…

Gluten-free and pescatarian.

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Smoked Salmon Spread

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Add flair to bagels and sandwiches with smoked salmon cream cheese spread! Bold and creamy, the flavor will wow everyone.


  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (half package)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon*


  1. Place the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, chopped green onion, and chopped dill in a food processor and blend until combined and creamy.
  2. Add the smoked salmon torn into pieces. Pulse until it integrates into the dip (you can make it slightly chunky or smooth). Taste: the smoked salmon should be salty enough to season the dip. If not, add a pinch or two of salt. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 5 days (assuming the smoked salmon is freshly opened).


*If you’re using very salty smoked salmon, you can add 4 to 5 ounces salmon first, then add more if desired. Ours was very salty, but we liked the flavor with 6 ounces.

  • Category: Spread
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Emily Christenson says:

    These recipes look delicious and perfect for jazzing up a bagel breakfast bar. How long can you store the salmon cream cheese in the refrigerator and can you freeze it?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Thank you! You can store for up to 5 days refrigerated. We wouldn’t recommend freezing it, though you can freeze cream cheese (here’s a post !). We’re just not sure how the salmon would hold up!

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!