Smoked salmon is one of the world’s favorite ways to consume this healthy and delicious seafood. Whether it’s cold or hot smoked salmon, the salty and smoky taste mixed with the natural buttery flavor of the fish is absolutely divine! Though you could totally scarf down handfuls of tasty smoked salmon on its own, how do you best serve smoked salmon?
To help you find the perfect way to deliver your irresistible smoked salmon to guests and family, we’ve curated a list of the best smoked salmon pairings. Here’s our top 10 ways to serve smoked salmon:
10 Ways to Serve Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon and Eggs
Smoked salmon goes great with scrambled eggs! If you like extra protein with your eggs, switch out the bacon or sausage for smoked fish. Not only do you get the smoky, delicious flavor over the light and savory scrambled eggs, but you also get all the health benefits as well! Start your morning right with tons of protein and omega-3 fatty acids!
If you’re not a scrambled eggs fan, try smoked salmon with eggs benedict. And, for even more salmon breakfast ideas, check out our post highlighting the best salmon breakfast dishes!
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Smoked salmon, a delicious cream cheese spread, and perfectly crusted bread combine to give you the appetizer of your dreams! For this recipe, you simply toast some baguettes, and top them with a cream cheese spread made with fresh dill and horseradish. The smoked salmon goes right on top with a little more dill for the perfect starter, snack, or light lunch!
Smoked Salmon Appetizer Platter
Were you inspired by our post about trendy salmon grazing boards? If so, we highly recommend making a smoked salmon appetizer platter! Start with thinly sliced smoked salmon pieces, then fill the board with other foods that pair well with this rich, smoky treat. Hard-boiled eggs, crackers, lemon wedges, cheeses, red onions, tomatoes, and so much more could go on your grazing board! Pick your favorite ingredients and combine for an upscale salmon appetizer.
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese and Crackers
This smoked salmon cream cheese spread is *chefs kiss* delicious! Eating smoked salmon this way is very popular, and you can even buy it pre-packaged at the store from most popular cream cheese brands. However, it’s much better homemade and it’s super easy to make! Just grab some cream cheese, chopped smoked salmon, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, fresh dill, and green onions. Then, mix it up and add it to your favorite crackers. Yum!
Smoked Salmon Risotto
Smoked salmon risotto is the perfect side dish for any hearty steak dinner. The light texture and creamy consistency perfectly contrast a protein and veggie-heavy meal - although you could also eat this as a meal all on its own! This risotto is made with onion, olive oil, risotto rice, garlic, vegetable stock, smoked salmon, mascarpone, parsley, and lemon. You can expect a delicious creamy texture with bold earthy flavors!
Smoked Salmon Sushi
Who doesn’t love sushi? But, if you’re intimidated by handling raw ingredients, use smoked salmon instead! These sushi rolls make a perfect light meal. Pair with edamame, soy sauce, and sake for an all-Japanese dish that feels like an aesthetic restaurant experience!
For the rolls, you can use any of your favorite sushi fillings. Avocado, cream cheese, cucumber, spicy mayo, and green onions all pair deliciously with smoked salmon! Just don’t forget the sushi rice and seaweed to make the perfect sushi rolls.
Smoked Salmon Pasta
Salmon pasta dishes are great for anyone who loves to indulge in Italian classics, but don’t enjoy how heavy the meals can become. Using seafood like salmon can instantly lighten a dish! For a tasty pasta carbonara dish, combine onion, garlic, skim milk, romano cheese, pees, mushrooms, and smoked salmon. Then, pour the sauce mixture over penne noodles. Simple and delicious for a weeknight meal! For more pasta ideas check out our list of favorites!
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
Instead of piling cream cheese and slices of smoked salmon on crackers, pile it on cucumbers for a fresher and healthier option! The satisfying crunch of a refreshing cucumber pairs perfectly with the creamy and flaky textures of the cream cheese and smoked salmon. This recipe makes a great appetizer or afternoon snack that is sure to please the whole crowd!
Loaded Baked Potatoes with Salmon
Smoked salmon has a similar texture and flavor to bacon, so anywhere you use bacon, you could use smoked salmon! For a twist on the classic baked potato, add smoked salmon on top of a baked potato with sour cream, horseradish, chives, dill, and red onions. This side dish is totally filling and totally delicious!
Smoked Salmon Salad
Another use for bacon bits? On top of salads! So, switch out bacon for chopped smoked salmon on your next salad. Grab your favorite greens, then add hard-boiled eggs, red onions, olive oil, and smoked salmon, of course, for a healthy and delectable dinner salad. If you want to make it a really hearty main dish, just add more eggs and smoked salmon for a filling protein-heavy salad.