This delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese spread is so simple to throw together and will have you and your guests coming back for more! The only smoked salmon spread, dip or pate recipe you will ever need!
When we were living in the UK I developed a slight love affair with smoked salmon pate.
So fresh and tasty, I could eat an entire jar in one sitting on cucumbers, crackers and/or toast. Once we moved back to Texas I was forced to start making the stuff myself at home and, to be honest, had a realized how simple it was I probably would have done the same back in England!
This Smoked Salmon Pate, "Dip", or "Spread" is made with fresh, clean ingredients and is SO easy to make and beyond delicious!
Hot Smoked vs Cold Smoked Salmon
While I love smoked salmon in all its variety, it is important that you use hot smoked salmon for this particular recipe.
The primary difference between hot smoked and cold smoked salmon is, as I'm sure you inferred, the smoking temperature. Cold smoked salmon is smoked below 90 degrees, while hot smoked is over 120 degrees.
The result is that hot smoked salmon has a smokier flavor and flakier texture, much like baked salmon. Cold smoked salmon on the other hand is more fresh and silky, but would not blend as well in this smoked salmon spread.
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- Mixing Bowl: I love these Pyrex glass mixing bowls. They're great quality and microwave and dishwasher safe!
- Hot Smoked Salmon: Very important that you get hot smoked, rather than cold smoked, for this particular recipe.
- Cream Cheese: I highly recommend using full fat cream cheese for this recipe. You can use low fat but it doesn't have the same flavor or texture.
- Fresh dill
- Lemon juice
- Salt & Pepper
The recipe itself is both low carb and Keto compatible. Serve with sliced cucumbers, celery or over a salad for a delicious low carb meal or snack.
Unfortunately no. Cold smoked salmon, while delicious, will not work for this recipe. You need a hot smoked salmon that flakes easily.
Other Serving Suggestions
If you are not following a low carb or keto diet then I highly recommend trying the Smoked Salmon Spread on a freshly toasted slice of sourdough.
It's also wonderful on crackers, wraps and sandwiches. I especially love serving it as breakfast or a part of brunch!