Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche Spread on Cucumbers

Smoked Salmon

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
116 Calories
10g Fat
3g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 116
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 140mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Buy the best-smoked salmon you can find for this recipe–the way the rich fish plays against the delicious tanginess of crème fraîche is just wonderful. Crème fraîche is available in the cheese section of the dairy section of most supermarkets, and you can also order it online. It’s smooth and tangy, and it can be used in recipes either savory or sweet.

After you fill a plastic bag with the mixture, let the kids pipe the spread onto slices of cucumber or small toasts or even mini potato pancakes. It’s a great task for even little ones. You can garnish these with minced chives if you like. 


  • 2/3 cup crème fraîche

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed

  • 1/2 pound  thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into thin slivers and separated

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 12 cucumber slices, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the crème fraîche, cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, cayenne, and black pepper in the food processor. Pulse to combine well. Add the capers and smoked salmon and pulse until everything is well combined, but you can still see bits of the smoked salmon.

  3. Place the mixture into a sturdy plastic bag, and cut a small hole in one corner of the bag. Squeeze about a teaspoon of the spread onto each cucumber slice in an attractive swirl.

  4. Serve and enjoy.