Easy hot smoked salmon dip

Here is the best and quickest hot smoked salmon dip recipe for your festive table. Made with Greek yogurt, without heavy cream cheese, it is done in 5 minutes. No blender, no cooking, no cleaning up! Sounds good? Let’s do it!

Ready to get cooking? The recipe card below is your roadmap to success! If you’re looking for extra tips or substitutions, or have any questions, keep scrolling for a more detailed breakdown after the recipe card.

Hot smoked salmon dip recipe

Smoked salmon dip in a pink bowl on the wooden chop board

Hot smoked salmon dip without cream cheese

Elena Elliott
This delicious hot smoked salmon dip is made without heavy cream cheese and is ready in just 5 minutes. Perfect for any special occasion or just for the day when you want to treat yourself to something special. 
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dip
Cuisine Sea food
Servings 8 servings
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g of hot smoked salmon
  • 3 tbsp of natural or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon zest of a quarter of a lemon
  • 1 tsp of capers
  • black pepper to season

Instructions
 

  • Place the smoked salmon in a medium mixing bowl and using a fork, shred the fillets into small pieces.
  • Finely chop the capers and add them to the shredded salmon. 
  • Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon, and grate its zest, add to the salmon.
  • Add the Greek yogurt to the mixture, season with black pepper, and gently fold it into the salmon mixture until well combined.
  • Sprinkle some freshly chopped dill (or any other fresh herbs you prefer). Blend and Enjoy!

Make it in a food processor

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl of a food processor and blend it until everything is well combined. Serve with fresh dill.

Notes

  • Do NOT add salt to the dip. Capers will add enough saltiness to the dish.
  • You can keep this dip in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal
Keyword gluten-free salmon dip, hot smoked salmon dip, salmon dip
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If you’re like me and sometimes find cream cheese a bit heavy, this salmon recipe is going to change your appetizer game! In this quick guide, I’ll show you how to make an incredibly creamy smoked salmon dip that’s surprisingly light and refreshing. Trust me, even those who love cream cheese will be asking for seconds.

This easy-to-make recipe is always a hit at our family gatherings, especially during the holidays. It’s got that elegant touch that makes it perfect for Christmas, but honestly, it’s so tasty I could eat it any time of the year!

Reasons to make it

  • Ease of Preparation: This smoked salmon dip without cream cheese is remarkably easy to make, allowing you to whip up a delicious appetizer without spending hours in the kitchen. Plus, it only requires a very few simple ingredients.
  • Ideal for Festive Occasions: With its rich, indulgent flavor profile, this dip is an excellent choice for festive seasons and special occasions. Its elegant taste and attractive presentation make it a crowd-pleaser, adding a touch of sophistication to your holiday gatherings and celebrations.
  • Delicious Lighter Option: Despite being a lighter alternative without cream cheese, this dip doesn’t compromise on taste. The smoked salmon imparts a delicious smokiness, while Greek yogurt adds a creamy texture without the heaviness. In my opinion, this is the best salmon dip ever!
deliciously looking hot smoked salmon on a baking tray

Hot smoked salmon dip ingredients

Make sure to choose the best quality salmon and yogurt you can find. Like with all recipes with a short ingredients list, it only tastes as good as the single ingredient! Here is what you will need to make it:

ingredients needed to make hot smoked salmon dip without cream cheese
  • Hot smoked salmon filet. Skin and bones removed.
  • Natural or Greek yogurt. Use plain, full-cream yogurt, organic if possible.
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Lemon zest. Use organic or wax-free lemon.
  • Salted capers. You can find them in most grocery stores or gourmet food stores.
  • Black pepper. To season
  • Fresh dill or chives to serve.

NOTE: Need a budget-friendly option? Don’t worry, this dip is just as delicious with canned salmon! Look for wild-caught salmon for the best flavor and quality. Simply drain the salmon and use it in place of the hot smoked salmon.

How to make the hot smoked salmon dip

Making this salmon dip without cream cheese couldn’t be easier. 

  • Place the smoked salmon in a medium mixing bowl and using a fork, shred the fillets into small pieces.
  • Finely chop the capers and add them to the shredded salmon. 
  • Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon, and grate its zest, add to the salmon.
  • Add the Greek yogurt to the mixture, season with black pepper, and gently fold it into the salmon mixture until well combined.

Sprinkle some freshly chopped dill (or any other fresh herbs you prefer). Blend and Enjoy!

Make it in a blender.

  • Alternatively, you can put all ingredients in a bowl of a food processor and blend it until everything is well-combined. This method is great if you prefer a smooth dip.

The step-by-step recipe with video is in the recipe card below👇 

hot smoked salmon dip in a pink bowl served with fresh dill.

How to serve

There are many ways you can serve this delicious dip. 

  • Classic appetizer. Serve the smoked salmon dip with an array of dippables like toasted baguette slices, pita chips, crackers, or carrot sticks.
  • Spread it. You can use this delicious dip as a spread. Try it on a fresh bagel, it tastes sooo good.
  • Make it classy. Cut a cucumber into round slices and top the cucumber rounds with the smoked salmon dip. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper on top and you will have a very elegant-looking finger food platter.

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How to store

After preparing your smoked salmon dip without cream cheese, store it in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate it promptly. Consume the dip within 2-3 days for the best flavor and freshness.

❄️ Avoid freezing, as it can alter the texture and taste of the dip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare the smoked salmon dip in advance

You can absolutely prepare it a day or two before serving it. Leave the fresh herbs out and refrigerate the dip in an air-tight container.

Is this smoked salmon dip gluten-free?

Yes, this dip, just as are all my other recipes, is 100% gluten-free and safe for anyone who follows a gluten-free diet.

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