Easy Smoked Salmon Dip (video)

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This cheesy and creamy smoked salmon dip is the only cheese dip recipe you will ever need! It’s hands-down my favorite dip! I’ve made this dip so many times for my holiday parties and it’s always the first appetizer to be gone! My guests just won’t stop asking for it! The intense smoky flavors, the creaminess and chunks of smoked salmon are what make this dip so irresistible! 

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Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Dip

Don’t let the long ingredient list stop you from trying this recipe – most of the ingredients are spices and prepared items and sauce you already have in your fridge or pantry!

  • To get that smoky flavor, I use smoked bacon, smoked salmon, smoked cheese and smoked paprika. I render the bacon until crispy, then chop it up into little bits so you get some of that flavor in every bite.
  • To get the ultimate creamy dip, I use a combination of cream cheese, smoked gouda cheese, parmesan cheese and sour cream. These all come together to create an unforgettable smoky salmon dip!
  • For the crumb topping, you’ll need panko bread crumbs, butter and parsley.

What Type of Salmon to Use

I used hot-smoked salmon for my video recipe, but cold-smoked salmon will also work. The difference is in the texture – hot-smoked is chunkier and has less moisture. It breaks apart very easily into chunks and it retains its shape when mixed with the cheese mixture. If you want to use cold-smoked or lox salmon, just dice it into small bits.

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How to Make Smoked Salmon Dip

This cheesy and creamy seafood dip is so easy to make and so aromatic! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. You will need a ceramic baking dish that will also double as a serving dish.
  2. Preheat a sauté pan over medium/low heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the diced bell pepper, onion and garlic. Sauté for a 5 to 7 minutes until the pepper and onion are soft but not browned. Remove the mixture from heat and cool.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Discard the salmon skin and dice the salmon into small bits. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except for the topping ingredients. Use a spatula to mix everything together until well combined.
  4. Spread the dip into a ceramic dish and smooth off the top with a spatula. Prepare the topping: combine the panko bread crumbs with butter, parsley and garlic powder. Sprinkle the topping over the dip in an even layer.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the topping turns golden brown and dip is bubbling along the sides of the dish. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Serving the Dip

Serve the dip with toasted baguette or a crudités tray with carrots, celery and bell pepper. When I’m planning a party, I like to make this dip ahead of time, get it into the dip pan, cover and refrigerate it until it’s ready to be baked.

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Cheesy Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

15 mins prep + 25 mins cook
6 cups
The best smoked salmon dip recipe! Extra cheesy and cream seafood dip with salmon, pepper, loads of cheese and buttery bread crumb topping!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 to 7 ounces smoked salmon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup wilted spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: salt, dried basil, dried thyme

For Topping:

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F. You will need a ceramic baking dish that will also double as a serving dish.
  • Preheat a saute pan over medium/low heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the diced bell pepper, onion and garlic. Saute for a 5 to 7 minutes until the pepper and onion are soft but not browned. Remove the mixture from heat and cool.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Discard the salmon skin and dice the salmon into small bits. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except for the topping ingredients. Use a spatula to mix everything together until well combined.
  • Spread the dip into a ceramic dish and smooth off the top with a spatula. Prepare the topping: combine the panko bread crumbs with butter, parsley and garlic powder. Sprinkle the topping over the dip in an even layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the topping turns golden brown and dip is bubbling along the sides of the dish. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes before serving with baguette, crisps or crudites.

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 849mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3194IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 439mg | Iron: 2mg