One of my all-time favorite tea sandwich recipes – smoked salmon tea sandwiches with creamy cheese, cucumber, dill and capers! This timeless appetizer recipe is perfect for any occasion, celebration or holiday! I always include this seafood appetizer in the menu for Christmas, New Year’s and even Thanksgiving! It’s super easy to make and so delicious! This recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on how many tea sandwiches you desire.
Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these easy tea sandwiches:
- Baguette: use classic or rustic French baguette as a base for the sandwiches.
- Boursin Herbed Garlic cheese spread: You can also enjoy this appetizer recipe with cream cheese, mascarpone, crème fraiche, or even goat cheese!
- Smoked Salmon: salmon lox or thinly sliced smoked salmon works best.
- Cucumber: use any type of thinly sliced cucumber for adding a crunchy and refreshing element!
- Capers: these briny berries are optional but add lots of flavor.
- Dill: add a touch of refreshing dill as a garnish.
What Type of Smoked Salmon to Use?
This appetizer recipe is all about the salmon! The smoky salmon goes so well with cucumbers and cheese! There are a few different options you can choose from for this recipe. I personally love to use pre-sliced, cold-smoked salmon. This is also known as Nova Salmon or lox, which is actually cured salmon. The delicate texture of this type of salmon is perfect for this recipe! You can also use hot smoked salmon. This type of smoked salmon is typically sold in chunks or fillets. To use this type of salmon, simply break apart the fish into smaller chunks and place on top of each sandwich.
Preparing the Bread
The first step to making these smoked salmon tea sandwiches is preparing the base or the bread. This seafood appetizer can be enjoyed on toasted baguette, or crostini. Or, you can make it on plain white bread or even small blini! Rye cocktail bread is another option. My favorite way to enjoy these is with toasted rustic baguette! I slice the bread thinly, about 1/3-inch thick and place it on a baking sheet. Next, I brush the bread very lightly with olive oil and then place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes. Using your oven broiler is the quickest way to toast a lot of bread!
How to Make Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
Here’s how to put together these easy smoked salmon appetizers:
- Toast the bread first.
- Once you have the bread toasted, it’s time to add some cheese! I love these smoked salmon tea sandwiches with Boursin Herbed Garlic cheese spread. It’s a super creamy and delicious cheese that pairs so well with the salmon and cucumbers. Try to go with a creamy and smooth cheese for best results.
- Many tea sandwich recipes are traditionally made with cucumbers and this recipe is no exception! I love to pair the smoked salmon with crispy and refreshing slices of cucumber! I really enjoy using smaller cocktail cucumbers for this recipe. They’re sweeter and more delicate than English cucumbers, but both will work well. Thinly slice the cucumber and add it on top of the cheese, before the salmon.
- To garnish these sandwiches, I like to add a sprinkling of chopped fresh dill and a few capers. The dill complements the salmon and cucumber so well! You can also add thinly sliced shallots on top of the cucumbers!
Serving Salmon Tea Sandwiches
For best results, enjoy these tea sandwiches right away. Just place them onto a platter or tray and serve. If you need to make them ahead of time, keep them on a tray wrapped in plastic and in the refrigerator. Garnish the top with fresh dill just before enjoying.
Enjoyed this recipe? Check out some of my other tea sandwich and crostini recipes! This recipe is part of my ‘5 Easy Crostini Recipes‘ series!
- Club Tea Sandwiches – a classic combination of ham, salami and cheese, these appetizers are always a hit!
- Fig & Prosciutto Crostini – one of my all-time favorites, especially with fresh figs! You’ll love the salty prosciutto with the sweet figs!
- Guacamole & Steak Crostini – juicy and tender steak with creamy avocado, steak sauce and crispy baguette!
- Chanterelle Crostini – another one of my seasonal favorites, these are made with pan-fried chanterelles, creamy cheese and honey!
- Burrata Bruschetta – my favorite bruschetta recipe, with creamy burrata cheese and prosciutto!
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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches Recipe
- 1/2 large, thin baguette
- 5 to 6 oz sliced smoked salmon
- 3 oz Boursin Garlic & Herbs Cheese
- 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
- Fresh dill and capers, for garnish
- This recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on how many tea sandwiches you desire. First, prepare the bread. Thinly slice the baguette into 1/3-inch slices. Next, brush the bread very lightly with olive oil and then place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes.
- Next, spread Boursin cheese generously onto each toasted slice. Top with sliced cucumbers and then add the smoked salmon. Fold the smoked salmon to create more dimension. Garnish with freshly chopped dill and add a few capers to each sandwich.