The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel

The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel
Grilled Cheese Social
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 8 mins

Whether you're into smoked salmon, lox, or gravlax – this open-faced salmon bagel sandwich will blow your mind! Pickled red onions not only add an unexpected pop of color but they also add a nice vinegary bite that helps lighten up the smokiness of the salmon. The capers add a salty depth to the sandwich while the scallions add a nice mild onion-y bite.

The goodness doesn't have to stop there either. To make this already mind numbingly delicious sandwich even more opulent, add some bright red mullet roe or deep dark sturgeon caviar to the cream cheese. Why not go all out and add edible gold flakes to the top? Just kidding. You totally don't have to go that far. Let's be honest, this sandwich is ​pretty baller on its own in the looks and taste department. One word of advice though, be sure that you're using really good ingredients for this sandwich because it makes all the difference!


  • 1 everything bagel
  • 3 tbsp. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp. pickled red onions
  • 1/2 tsp. scallion rings
  • 1/2 tsp. capers
  • a few sprigs of dill leaves
  • the juice of 1 lemon wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Begin by toasting your bagel; making sure to let it sit for a second before you smear on the cream cheese. Allowing the heat to escape will not only help you create a more even schmear, but it will also make the bagel stay crisper as it sits.

  2. Next, add your smoked salmon so that it creates an even layer.

  3. Add the pickled red onions, scallion rings, capers, and a few dill leaves.

  4. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and serve immediately.