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These Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites are quick to make and always a crowd pleaser! Layered with pesto cream cheese, cucumber slices, smoked salmon, fresh dill, and capers.

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Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

Looking for a no-cook and super easy appetizer (or snack) to whip up? These Smoked Salmon Bites are perfect and take minutes to assemble. This easy salmon appetizer is one of my favorite things to make when I need something quick to make.

Other smoked salmon recipes you should try is my Smoked Salmon Bagel (perfect for breakfast or lunch), Smoked Salmon Roll Ups and Smoked Salmon Flatbread.

Whether you serve up these bites on a serving platter for your next party or a snack plate, they are totally satisfying and irresistible if you love smoked salmon. The combination of smoked salmon and cream cheese are perfection together and it’s even better when topped on a buttery cracker.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy to whip up. They take less than 15 minutes of prep time and no cook time so you can have this easy appetizer ready in no time. Assembling the crackers takes the most time which is a few minutes. 

Perfect Appetizer. These elegant appetizers are perfect to bring to a gathering, any special occasion, holiday party, dinner party, and can easily to feed a large crowd (simply double the recipe).

Fun Finger Food: You don’t need any fancy equipment to serve these up. They make a great finger food and are easy to serve.

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Key Ingredients

  • Smoked Salmon: The star ingredient! You want to be sure the smoked salmon is cut thin. I use 8 ounces for 25 crackers but you can use more or less salmon if you prefer.
  • Cream cheese: We use 6 ounces of cream cheese for the spread. You can use full-fat, low-fat, whipped cream cheese. Any of your favorite flavored cream cheese such as onion and chive or herb.
  • Pesto: I love using a basic basil pesto but any kind will work. 
  • Crackers: Use your favorites! A buttery cracker like a Ritz pairs well with the salmon and cream cheese but any will work. You could also use rye bread slices, crostini, or sliced baguette slices.
  • Capers: Adds a delicious briny and salty flavor.
  • Fresh dill: This is optional but I love the flavor and look of fresh dill.
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How To Make Smoked Salmon Bites

Make cream cheese mixture: In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and pesto.

Layer crackers: Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on each cracker. Top with smoked salmon pieces, a few capers, a sprig of fresh dill, and a slice of cucumber (optional). Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and black pepper, if desired.

Buttery cracker with smoked salmon on a small speckled plate.Pin

Recipe Variations

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites: Omit the cracker and spread the cream cheese on a cucumber slice instead for a low carb option.

Toppings: Add fresh lemon slices, lemon juice, lemon zest, pine-nuts, sliced avocado, fresh chives, thinly sliced red onion, sliced green onion, or cherry tomatoes to the tops.

Switch Up The Crackers: Instead of using a buttery cracker such a Ritz, use your favorite such as Triscuit crackers, flatbread crackers, and Carr’s.

Cream cheese spread variation: Instead of cream cheese you can use Greek yogurt, sour cream, or vegan cream cheese.

Puff pastry bites: Make puff pastry cups instead of using a cracker by cutting puff pastry sheets to fit a muffin pan and bake according to package.

Smoked salmon crostini: Instead of using crackers, make homemade little crostinis to use as the base instead. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy these bites!

Smoked salmon on a cracker with cream cheese and capers.Pin

How To Store Leftovers

It’s best to eat these Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites the day of or a few hours after you assemble them. I also recommend serving smoked salmon when it’s cold or at room temperature since it’s seafood.

You can place any leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until the next day. The crackers may start to become soft and soggy so it’s best to easy these little bites fresh.

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Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

These Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites are quick to make and always a crowd pleaser! Layered with pesto cream cheese, cucumber slices, smoked salmon, fresh dill, and capers.
3.53 from 85 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked salmon appetizer bites, smoked salmon bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 25 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 25 crackers such as Ritz
  • sliced cucumbers optional
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and pesto.
  • Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on each cracker.
  • Top with smoked salmon, a few capers, fresh dill, and a slice of cucumber (optional). Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and pepper, if desired.
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Notes

Recipe adapted from: Savory Experiments

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These appetizer bites are perfect for the holidays! Pinned to make for Christmas and New Years, thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Love simple appetizers like this one! So easy to make and always a hit! I’ve been really into putting smoked salmon on everything so these are right up my alley.

  3. 5 stars
    These little smoked salmon bites are so good! At the last minute, we had some friends come over last night for a little holiday fun. Since it was so last minute, I needed a quick and easy appetizer to throw together. It was perfect and so, so good! We ate them up.

  4. 5 stars
    Simple but elegant! I made these for my holiday party and they were so popular. I even served some on cucumber slices for all my gluten-free friends. I will be making these again for NYE.

  5. 5 stars
    What a wonderful appetizer! I love how simple and delicious this is. Sprinkling with sea salt is the perfect touch!

  6. 5 stars
    I made these bites for a party and everyone loved them! And I loved how quick and easy they were to make. Thanks for a great recipe!