30 Reasons to Love Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon is good for so much more than topping bagels, although that certainly remains one of our favorite ways to enjoy it. It’s silky, salty and smoky, making it perfect for dips, appetizers, sushi — and more!

November 12, 2021
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Blinis with Smoked Salmon

There are a couple of preparation methods, but in general, smoked salmon is made by curing and smoking the fish. (Fun fact: lox is cured, but not smoked). It is typically served cold, often with cream cheese and dill, and is a mainstay on many brunch menus. We love to serve it for lunch or as an appetizer as well. Looking for new ideas? We've got plenty but you can't go wrong with Ina's smoked salmon-topped blini, finished with a dollop of crème fraîche and a sprig of dill.

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Smoked Salmon

You can find packaged smoked salmon at many grocery stores, usually closer to the seafood section. But why buy it when you can make your own? Alton Brown's smoked salmon recipe has you covered. Just be warned it will take time (and require fridge space!) as the fish sits in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

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Smoked Salmon Spread

With over 120 5-star ratings, Ina's salmon spread is a fan favorite. If you can find Norwegian salmon, she suggests using that, since it is drier and less salty than other types of smoked salmon.

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Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Puffs

"This recipe has taken all sorts of forms through so many years, but it started with this dip I used to make in the 1980's, which was a smoked salmon dip," says Valerie Bertinelli. Now, she spreads a version of that smoked salmon dip onto crescent rolls, adds a piece of asparagus, rolls it all up and bakes.

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Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon

Eggs are a great way to stretch your money. Exhibit A: This 15-minute breakfast from Rachael Ray. By mixing smoked salmon with a dozen eggs, she makes it so 1/4 pound of salmon feeds 6 to 8 people.

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Southern Tea Sandwiches

Whether you're hosting a high tea or looking for a light lunch option, these chilled sandwiches are ideal. Kardea Brown shares two recipes. One features a homemade egg and bacon salad, while the other one showcases smoked salmon and onion cream cheese (plus, a squeeze of lemon juice!).

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Crispy Hash Brown with Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche and Herbs

This sophisticated dish is best enjoyed by two people for brunch, preferably with a few glasses of bubbly and OJ. Geoffrey Zakarian adds a tablespoon of caper juice, some fresh chives, buttermilk, lemon zest and honey to crème fraîche for a sauce that is simultaneously bright, complex and simple.

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Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

"The cocktail hour classics, Deviled Eggs, get a new twist with good smoked salmon," says Ina. If you're feeling extra fancy, do what Ina does and garnish each egg with a dollop of salmon roe, as well.

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Breakfast Pizza

Katie Lee Biegel combines two carb favorites (pizza and bagels) to make this fun a.m. treat. To upgrade pizza crust, Katie brushes the edges with a blend of butter and everything bagel seasoning. After baking the dough, she tops it all off with whipped cream cheese and thin slices of smoked salmon, avocado and red onion.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Some make smoked salmon dip in a food processor, but in this recipe, Ina opts for an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. The result is an irresistibly creamy smooth dip that's perfect for serving with an assortment of blanched vegetables and crackers.

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Everything Bagel Sushi Rolls

Making sushi at home is a fun, family-friendly activity. With plastic wrap, cooked sushi rice and an assortment of fillings, everyone can take turns assembling and shaping their own sushi rolls. For extra flavor and crunch, roll each roll of smoked salmon sushi in a mixture of dried garlic, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and onion flakes.

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Smoked Salmon Benedict

Eggs benedict, an essential brunch dish, is all about the hollandaise sauce. Ree Drummond adds a bunch of fresh herbs to hers — chives, parsely and dill. She spoons the sauce over poached eggs, smoked salmon, grilled asparagus and sourdough bread.

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Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon

Pumpernickel bread is highly underrated. Made with molasses, cocoa powder and rye, this dense bread is the ultimate canvas for mashed avocadoes and smoked salmon. To boost the flavor of this already-rich bread, we rub each slice with a clove of garlic and add a drizzle of olive oil.

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Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles

Giada's 3-ingredient appetizers are so easy to make: She simply roasts spears of asparagus and wraps each in a slice of smoked salmon — that's it!

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Sometimes you buy a 6-ounce package of smoked salmon only to discover the recipe just requires 2 ounces. Use up the rest by chopping the salmon finely and combining it with softened cream cheese, buttermilk and a few other ingredients to make a dip that goes with everything from cucumbers to crackers.

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Smoked Salmon Crepe Cake

Made with crepes stacked with smoked salmon and tangy herbed cream cheese, this savory cake will steal the show at any brunch. Since crepes can be tricky and tear, we've allowed for some extras, so you can make the cake with the prettiest ones, then top the rest with your favorite jam, roll them up and eat them as a sweet snack.

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Smoked Salmon Filo Cups

With frozen mini filo cups in your freezer, you're always prepared for last-minute guests. Valerie Bertinelli fills some with a mix of smoked salmon, crème fraîche, herbs and capers for a poppable appetizer that's ready in no time at all.

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Giant Latke Skillet

Molly Yeh makes a large latke in a cast iron skillet, then piles on the toppings — crème fraîche, smoked salmon, fried eggs, hot sauce and dill. To make sure her potato pancake is extra crispy, Molly takes the time to drain the shredded potatoes and squeezes out any excess moisture.

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Radish and Smoked Salmon Tart

This easy-to-assemble appetizer is one of the main reasons you should always keep puff pastry in your freezer. It's simple to thaw, bake and top with with a cream cheese spread, radishes and smoked salmon.

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Smoked Salmon Nicoise Salad

Though this French salad is traditionally made with tuna, Molly Yeh subs in chunks of smoked salmon, which also tastes great with the combination of roasted potatoes, haricot verts, hard-boiled eggs, and olives.

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Smoked Salmon Toasts

Avocado toast, you're dismissed. Bobby grills slices of seven-grain bread, then tops each slice with tomatoes, honey mustard, smoked salmon and fresh dill.

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Frittata

Frittatas are an amazing way to use up all the odds and ends left behind in your fridge. This dish is super versatile and works with a variety of ingredients. Here, we're baking the eggs with dill, chives, cream cheese and salmon.

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Smoked Salmon Puffs

These little bites look impressive, but they aren't too difficult to pull off. The secret? Transfer your flavor-packed cream cheese filling into a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag fit and cut off the tip. Then, it's easy to pipe a bit of filling on top of each pastry puff and piece of salmon.

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Smoked Salmon and Sugar Snap Pea Salad-in-a-Jar

Mason jar salads are a great lunch option, since they are super portable. Here, we're stacking smoked salmon with spring's finest produce and finishing it off with an everything-bagel-inspired dressing. For the best results, pack the dressing and bagel chips separately, then toss everything together right before serving.

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Alaskan Smoked Salmon Dip

Most storebought smoked salmon is dry-cured in salt for a few days, then smoked at a lower temperature. Hot-smoked salmon has typically been cured in a wet brine, then smoked over wood chips at higher temperatures. This creamy dip showcases the latter.

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Smoked Salmon Pizzas

While many recipes pair smoked salmon with either cream cheese or crème fraîche, leave it to Ina to introduce us to another decadent pairing: smoked salmon and Italian mascarpone. Serve it on a pizza dough crust, topped with a bright mesclun salad for lunch.

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Crunchy Seaweed Wraps

Roasted seaweed sheets (also known as nori) are the crispy, salty base of these fiber-filled snacks. Top each piece with smoked salmon, mashed avocado, crushed sesame crackers, and a drizzle of soy sauce. To boost the flavor of the avocado, we stir in a pinch of shichimi togarshi, a Japanese blend of chiles and spices.

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Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites

Ree's gluten-free bites are all the best parts of a smoked salmon sandwich, minus the bread.

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Spicy Smoked Salmon Bagelwiches

Smoked salmon is a popular ingredient at most bagel shops. Instead of topping bagels with a schmear of cream cheese and piece of lox or smoked salmon, we're folding those ingredients into scrambled eggs and making breakfast sandwiches.

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Beets and Smoked Salmon

Alex Guarnaschelli bakes beets, then serves them with a tangy mustard vinaigrette, a pinch of sugar and pieces of smoked salmon. It's a great side dish. If you're short on time, sub in precooked whole beets.

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