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Smoked Salmon Dip

My Smoked Salmon Dip uses our Traeger Smoked Salmon and a few other simple ingredients to create the best salmon dip that I’ve ever had. Serve with crackers or a sliced baguette and prepare to be really popular.

Smoked Salmon Dip

Silky, smokey, and rich in flavor is what you will find with this incredible smoked salmon dip. Whether you serve it for your weekend entertaining, brunch, or a snack one evening, you will be pleased. 

You can get as casual or as fancy as you would like with this easy salmon dip! Serve on bagels, with crackers, fresh vegetables, or even endive leaves. It is all about preference and what you have on hand.

My husband loves to salmon fish, and a lot of times we will make smoked salmon on the Traeger. If you don’t smoke salmon yourself, you can always buy smoked salmon at your local butcher or grocery store.

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Traeger Smoked Salmon Dip

How to make easy smoked salmon dip

With a handful of staple ingredients, you can make this easy dip in just a few minutes to feed to some surprise company or just to treat your family.

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I love combining sour cream and cream cheese as a base because it offers the creamiest of textures with a little bit of tang from the sour cream. Then add in some spice with Togarashi or cayenne pepper, if you don’t have any togarashi.

Sprinkle with fresh dill, and you have a stunning dip to dish up. 

See all of our Smoked Salmon Recipes here!

Check out my other super easy dip recipes!

These delicious and easy dip recipes are great for parties, holidays, or family gatherings.

How long does smoked salmon dip last?

I recommend using it within four or five days. You have to look at it as what is the first ingredient that will spoil in the dip. That would probably be the sour cream or cream cheese. Cold smoked salmon has a shorter shelf life than hot smoked salmon, which is what I am using here.

Smoked Salmon Dip

What do you eat with smoked salmon dip? 

There are so many options here! Try serving this easy smoked salmon dip with:

  • Butter Crackers
  • Rice Crackers
  • Slices of baguette
  • Pita bread
Traeger Smoked Salmon Dip

Can you freeze smoked salmon dip 

Nope! This is a dish that is best served as fresh as possible. You can make it a day ahead of time to let the flavors meld, but stay away from the freezer!

Traeger Smoked Salmon Dip

Cold smoked salmon dip 

I love a hot and creamy smoked salmon dip, but this smoked salmon dip is served chilled and is a totally different experience. It is light, refreshing, and the perfect spread for any occasion. 

I had even snacked on this cold salmon dip recipe for lunch when the kids were in school. Cold salmon spread hits the spot on days you want a lighter meal. 

Traeger Smoked Salmon Dip

Togarashi spice or cayenne for salmon dip?

I prefer to use togarashi, which is a Japanese seasoning. You will find this spice is seven-spice blend that is a bold and zesty addition to many many dishes. If you do not have any laying around, you can easily swap with cayenne. 

Togarashi has seasonings like chili peppers for spice, ground Japenese pepper for more heat factor, and then some tame sweetness like ground ginger and orange peel. All of the spices come together and work incredibly well with smoked salmon. 

You can find a link to my favorite brand of togarashi down in the recipe card in the “Recommended Products” section.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Dip

What is the difference between lox and smoked salmon? 

The difference between lox and smoked salmon is that the Lox is not cooked or smoked at all. It is cured in a brine or a rub. Lox is typically served by with bagels and cream cheese, and onions, tomatoes, and even cucumbers on top. 

Smoked salmon can be used in a similar way, but with hot smoked salmon you are also cooking it during the smoke period.

You will be amazed at how satisfying this dip is. If you are a fan of smoked salmon, this smoked salmon dip is right up your alley.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Dip
Yield: 10 servings

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip is made with hot smoked salmon, cream cheese, and other common household staples you probably have laying around right now.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon togarashi (or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon of dry dill)


  1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
  2. If you like a chunkier dip, wait until the very end to add the salmon.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 501mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Saturday 18th of January 2020

Yummy...this was killer

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Awesome! We loved it too.

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