11 Savory Smoked Salmon Recipes

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If you reflexively think "bagels" when you hear "smoked salmon," it's time to shake things up. Whether you favor paper thin, silky slices of cold smoked salmon, or firm, flaky hot smoked stuff, options abound. So pick up a package of the Omega 3-rich, protein-packed, scrumptiously savory fish, and give it a whirl in everything from appetizers to entrees, including casseroles, savory pies, risottos, quiches, and more. We'll even show you how to smoke your own salmon -- no fancy equipment required! 

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    Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche Spread on Cucumbers

    Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche on Cucumbers

    Pipe or dollop this smoked salmon and crème fraiche spread on cucumbers, and you've got a simple, yet elegant treat that's surprisingly kid-friendly. From cocktail party bite to after school snack, you'll find plenty of opportunities to serve them up. (And don't feel limited to cucumbers -- the spread is delicious with everything from crudites to crackers.)

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    Creamy Lax Pudding Recipe

    Creamy Lax Pudding
    Elaine Lemm

    What happens when potato gratin meets smoked salmon and dill? You get this creamy lax pudding recipe (think "lax" as in "gravlax"), aka your new favorite brunch-for-dinner dish. 

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    Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Risotto

    Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Risotto
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    Cooking for two? This lovely smoked salmon and asparagus risotto sings of spring. You can easily double the recipe if you need more servings, and it's adaptable too -- you can swap the asparagus for other spring vegetables, like sugar snap peas. 

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    Smoked Salmon Matzo Brei With Greens and Onions

    Smoked Salmon Matzo Brei With Greens and Onions
    Miri Rotkovitz

    You don't need to be celebrate Passover to fall for this smoked salmon matzo brei with greens and onions. This mashup of the classic Jewish deli L.E.O. (lox, eggs, and onion) scramble and matzo brei (aka fried matzo) is divine. Think of this dish French toast gone lean and savory, and you'll have an inkling of what it's like. Then try it, and say hello to the brunch dish you didn't know you were missing.  

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    Smoked Salmon Pie

    Smoked Salmon Pie
    Kristina Vanni

    Nestled in a homemade crust, this savory smoked salmon pie is the perfect choice for an elegant brunch or light supper. Leeks, dill, and Emmental cheese infuse the filling with flavor, while the smoky, silky salmon offers a counterpoint to the creamy richness of the dish. 

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    Stuffed Potato and Cheese Latke Cups

    Stuffed Potato Cheese Latke Cups
    Miri Rotkovitz

    You can top these cocktail party worthy two-bite potato and cheese latke cups with all sorts of tasty things, but the potato-smoked salmon combo is, without a doubt, one of the most delicious options. Don't stop at salmon though -- dress it up with a little crème fraîche and some freshly snipped chives, or opt for avocado and a sprinkling of za'atar

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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Smoked Salmon Crostini
    Leah Maroney

    Crostinis are brilliant for easy entertaining -- always a crowd-pleaser, they're satisfying, easy to handle, and pair well with wine or cocktails. This smoked salmon crostini recipe features toasted baguette slices topped with an herbed ricotta spread and smoked salmon, and are ideal for a summer soiree, a picnic, or an elegant brunch or shower.   

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    The Best Ever Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich Recipe

    Everything Lox Bagel
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Are you the sort who gets bored by a plain old bagel and lox? This over-the-top rendition is the best ever smoked salmon bagel sandwich recipe. Piled with grilled asparagus, scrambled eggs, and pickled red onions, it's a sammie that gives new meaning to the "everything bagel."

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    Smoked Salmon Pizza

    Smoked Salmon Pizza
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    You can use a pre-made pizza crust, focaccia, or even flatbreads like naan or laffa to make this smoked salmon pizza. A mix of cream cheese and sour cream stands in for red sauce; veggies and Havarti cheese top it off. Add a salad and glass of white wine for a simple, yet elegant meal. 

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    Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

    Salmon tea sandwich
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    If you're a fan of a proper afternoon tea, (or just need a worthy snack for binge watching Downton Abbey) then you absolutely must add these easy-to-master smoked salmon and cream cheese tea sandwiches to your repertoire. If you can find mini croissants, these adorable sandwiches are a less traditional, albeit equally delicious option. 

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    Stove-Top Smoked Salmon

    Smoked Salmon
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    A DIY stove-top smoked salmon recipe that doesn't require a fancy smoker (or even an outdoor grill)? One you can make in your own kitchen?! Sign us up! With a little Macgyvering, some wood chips, and lots of foil, you can turn your roasting pan or wok into a stovetop smoker, and transform plain old salmon into a smoky, salt- and brown sugar-cured wonder.