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Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers | Only 5 ingredients in this magnificent dip!!!

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers

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Smoked salmon dip is the perfect holiday party appetizer! With just five ingredients, this Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers takes very little time to make and is deliciously addicting! This post is sponsored by DairyPure. As always, all opinions are my own.

When the finickiest member of the family asks if there is more salmon dip, you know you’ve hit a home run. The bonus is two-fold,  super easy to make and a list of ingredients so small that you don’t need to write them down on your shopping list!

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers | Only 5 ingredients in this magnificent dip!!!

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

There’s hardly a recipe out there with an ingredient list you can count on one hand.  This capers-laden smoked salmon dip is definitely not short on flavor, though short on ingredients!!!

With only five easy to find components, you can whip up a terrific appetizer in no time. Perfect for this busy time of year!

holiday party dip made with smoked salmon, and capers

Salmon Appetizer with Capers

It takes less than 10 minutes to flake or chop the salmon, mix up the DairyPure sour cream, cream cheese, and Worcestershire before stirring in the salmon bits and capers. My loyal readers know the hubby is a tough sell, but he went nuts for this smoked salmon appetizer, as did I! It also makes a wonderful spread on bagels.

Are capers a staple in your kitchen? I keep a jar in the fridge for those nights that a quick chicken piccata is on the menu. They come brined or packed in salt. Either will work, just rinse off the salt if you purchase the latter. Bill will usually leave a little pile on his plate when I cook up the Italian lemon chicken, but he didn’t blink when eating capers in this dip!

2 bowls of creamy smoked salmon dip with crackers on the side

Smoked Salmon Options

Our market has two varieties of smoked salmon: sliced lox and thicker wedges of heat smoked salmon. Testing both was a definite pleasure as they each were splendid options. The latter produced a pinker, slightly less salty and maybe a wee bit more flavorful dip, but you can’t go wrong with either type of smoked salmon.

Frequently Asked Questions About this Salmon Dip

Is This Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe Low Carb?

Yes, this salmon dip is low carb and would be a great snack for those on a keto diet. Just use fresh veggies to dip instead of crackers.

How Long Does Smoked Salmon Dip Keep?

It will keep up to 4 days if stored covered in the refrigerator. If you happen to serve it at a party, and it's out at room temperature longer than 2 hours, it's not safe to keep. The chances of food poisoning escalate after the 2 hour mark.

How Do You Make Smoked Salmon Dip?

The process is super easy. Room temperature cream cheese, sour cream and Worcestershire sauce are beaten together in a medium bowl. Then the chopped smoked salmon and drained capers are mixed in. The dip is better if the flavors are allowed to meld in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

a bowl of Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers sitting on top of a container of DairyPure brand sour cream

Ingredients for Your Salmon Dip:

With only 5 ingredients, make sure you purchase good, quality ingredients for the best results.

  • Smoked Salmon: Both lox and heat smoked salmon work well. I like buying wild smoked salmon, but in this dip, farm-raised will work well, too.
  • Sour Cream: Full fat gives a richer, creamier result, but if you need to watch your fat intake,  lower fat is better than no-fat.
  • Cream Cheese: Again, go with full fat. Philadelphia brand always outperforms generic.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Lea and Perrins is my go-to brand
  • Capers: These brined berries add a delicious saltiness and texture to the dip. Capers are a classic pairing with smoked salmon.

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Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers | Only 5 ingredients in this magnificent dip!!!

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers

With just five ingredients, this recipe for Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers takes very little time to make and is the perfect holiday party appetizer!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 cups dip


  • 6 ounces smoked salmon, finely chopped or shredded
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained


Chop or shred smoked salmon depend on style of smoked salmon purchased.

In a medium bowl, beat together DairyPure sour cream and cream cheese. Add Worcestershire sauce. Stir in salmon and capers.

Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Serve with crackers, bagels or favorite dippers.


Keep leftovers refrigerated.

Garnish with fresh dill or capers if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g


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39 comments on “Easy Smoked Salmon Dip with Capers”

  1. Easy yet fantastic…a perfect holiday appetizer, Liz.

  2. While I don’t eat a lot of seafood, I’d love to try this colorful dip:@)

  3. This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers! Love smoked salmon and this sounds perfect. Pinning!

  4. Love salmon dip! But never even thought to include capers in it — genius idea! Really super recipe — thanks.

  5. Hi Liz – this looks delicious and I have smoked salmon on hand. Hosting the church Christmas party here this weekend – this is too easy NOT to try. I heard you are renovating the kitchen etc… Congrats! We were planning to redo our kitchen in January but don’t have all our ducks in a row yet, as far as lining up contractors, etc. so I fear it maybe a spring project instead… Best wishes that all goes well! I’m excited to hear more. XO

  6. Dear Lizzy, This would be a big hit at Christmas with all the company. xoxox Catherine

  7. This has me drooling. I loooove smoked salmon so this would definitely be a hit around here.

  8. Seriously drooling. Nothing goes better with salmon than capers and something creamy like sour cream or cream cheese. DELICIOUS! I’m absolutely making this for Christmas.

  9. Perfect timing for those holiday get-togethers, Liz, I love smoked salmon and capers so I know I would love this dip! Definitely bookmarking this tasty dip for our next dinner party.

  10. Only 5 ingredients?? And it’s THAT creamy & flavorful?? Count me in!! 🙂

  11. If I had this dip in front of me I would not be sharing it!

  12. Looks sooo good!! Perfect for our holiday party we are having soon!

  13. This is perfect party food! 🙂 YUM!!

  14. I love a dip like this. Perfect for the holidays.

  15. The perfect dip for a New Years Eve party!!

  16. This would be perfect to serve at my NYE party!

  17. This looks very appetising, Liz and love that it’s quick to whip up in time for any party!

  18. This looks incredibly tasty. Perfect for holiday entertaining.

  19. Dairy Pure Sour Cream has become a staple in my kitchen and I love it. Your Salmon Dip would be great for our New Year’s Eve treat.

  20. Smoked salmon is my weakness. I love this!

  21. YUM! Printing for our holiday party!

  22. That sounds terrific and such perfect party food!

  23. I just had the BEST smoked fish dip in Key West- can’t wait to try making my own!

  24. This dip would be dangerous for me to have around. Delish!

  25. Yum, this is our kind of creamy dip! This one won’t last long with my family. What delicious flavors with the salmon and capers, Liz and I’ll definitely give Dairy Pure brand a try 🙂

  26. Made this. Used graavlox rather than regular smoked salmon. I personally will cut down a little bit on the capers.

  27. This dip sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Yum! This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

  29. I think I would try the hot smoked salmon first. I am loving all the capers! A favorite of mine!

  30. How did you know I have been craving smoked salmon?! Sign me up!

  31. This is perfect for a brunch! I can imagine not being able to walk away if served with some bagel chips or crusty bread.

  32. Smoked salmon dips always disappear in minutes around here. Loving the addition of capers!

  33. Such a hit for my smoked salmon loving boys!

  34. This is my new favorite dip for the summer! I love how easy it is to make too. Thanks for a great recipe!

  35. This dip recipe comes just in time for the upcoming football season. Dips are a particular favorite when a bunch of us get together to watch the game. Since salmon is one of my favorite fish and fish dip one of my favorite appetizers, this salmon dip has my name written all over it. Quick, easy and delicious, a home run for sure!

  36. This is perfect for my family when they watch football on Sunday!

  37. I just adore smoked salmon! And I love how easy this is to make!

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