Canned Salmon Dip

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Canned salmon dip is a quick and easy appetizer that can be served as a creamy dip or even as a spread. This recipe can be made in minutes and is full of amazing flavor.

Bowl of salmon dip with sliced cucumbers, radish, and crackers.


Why this canned salmon dip is so good

  • Easy – This is a simple cream cheese dip that makes a great party appetizer. Only a few ingredients are needed and it’s easy to adjust to your taste.
  • Fast – Similar to canned salmon salad, this recipe can be made in about 5 minutes.

Ingredients needed

  • Canned salmon – You will need 2 5-ounce cans of salmon. Make sure to drain any liquid. You could also substitute leftover salmon.
  • Cream cheese – Set the cream cheese out at room temperature to soften before you assemble the dip.
  • Sour cream – This adds an extra layer of creaminess.
  • Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice adds a little tang to the dip and is a nice balance to the saltiness of the fish.
  • Green onions – Color and crunch. You can substitute with diced red onion if you prefer.
  • Dill – Fresh dill adds delicious flavor. If you don’t have fresh, you can use a pinch of dried dill.
  • Salt and ground black pepper – Season to taste.
Canned salmon, bowl of cream cheese, dill, onion, sour cream, and lemon juice.

How to make this salmon dip recipe

Step one: Place softened cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Using a mixer, mix to combine.

Step two: Stir in drained salmon, lemon juice, green onions, salt, and pepper.

Bowl with flaked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill, and green onions.

Step three: Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Bowl of salmon salad with a spatula.

Recipe tips

  • Let the cream cheese soften before mixing. This will help it be easier to mix and make the dip nice and creamy. You can buy whipped cream cheese to make this super easy to make.
  • If you would like to add a little heat, mix in a pinch of cayenne pepper or 1-2 drops of hot sauce.
  • If you don’t like sour cream, feel free to substitute it with plain Greek yogurt or mayonnaise.

How to serve salmon dip

Dip: This is such a great dip for all kinds of occasions like a baby shower, bridal shower, the holidays and more. Serve it with your favorite dippers like bagel chips, cucumber slices, carrot sticks, potato chips, or your favorite cracker.

Spread: This cream cheese dip is thick so it works well as a spread on toast, bagels, and more.

Bowl of salmon dip with sliced cucumbers, radish, and crackers.

How to store leftovers

Store leftover salmon dip in an airtight container. It will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to give it a stir before serving.

This dip does not freeze well. The cream cheese doesn’t hold it’s texture very well once it’s thawed.

Let me know if you made this dip recipe in the comments below.

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Bowl of salmon dip with sliced cucumbers, radish, and crackers.
5 from 1 vote

Canned Salmon Dip

By Heather
Simple salmon dip is an easy cream cheese dip perfect for a party appetizer, snack, or even a lunch. This canned salmon dip is made with cream cheese and fresh herbs.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 5 ounce cans boneless salmon drained
  • 1 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Mix together cream cheese and sour cream with an electric mixer.
  • Stir in salmon, lemon juice, green onions, dill, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.
  • Serve or cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to eat.



Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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