Easy Salmon Cracker Spread

This Easy Salmon Cracker Spread is the perfect addition to your appetizer platter! This delicious salmon spread is easy to make and can be made ahead!

Love salmon recipes? Also try my Baked Asian BBQ Salmon and my Salmon Salad Recipe.

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Easy Salmon Appetizer Recipe

There are tons of appetizers going on for our Game Day party…let’s face it, besides the actual game the food is the best part!

BUT…we just got through the holidays and I know that I’ve done my share of indulging lately. So I thought why not add in a lighter, slightly more healthy option in between all the nachos and other snacks that are going to be out there for grabbing?

My boys love salmon – my wife does, too. I’ll eat salmon but it’s not going to be my first choice for a seafood dinner. I say this because even if you might think you aren’t a fan of salmon, you should sill give this Easy Salmon Cracker Spread a try.

This Salmon Spread Is Easy To Make For A Quick Appetizer 

We’ve got to get this party going…and the boys pitch in to help me get ready. That’s another great part about watching the game, everyone gets to spend time together doing something we love.

Eating and football. Two things we love.

Another pretty amazing thing about this recipe is that it is really easy to put together. It looks fancy but it only took you a few minutes in the kitchen – especially if you’re using that canned salmon we talked about…

How To Make This Salmon Cracker Spread 

If you’re starting out with fresh salmon, just give it a little salt and pepper and throw it into the oven for about 12 minutes until it flakes apart.

Let it cool then break it apart with your hands or a fork, then put it into a bowl with cream cheese, fresh dill, mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest and a drizzle of sriracha. You can use a little hot sauce too if you like – it’s not going to make it spicy – it just makes it better.

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Mix that together and we’re going to call that app done. Cover it and let it get cold in the fridge while you get the rest of your party together.

You can decorate for your football party with just a few items like these football glasses and these football coasters…

Easy Salmon Spread Recipe

What Else Can I Serve With This Salmon Dip?

Now grab your Easy Salmon Cracker Spread from the fridge, get it into a bowl and place it on a cheese platter like this one. Making up a platter like this with different kinds of cheese, meats, grapes and nuts is a great way to entertain.

It’s a pretty impressive appetizer to put down on a table, and it doesn’t take that long to put it together. I like to have one or two homemade food items on the platter along with mostly store bought items.

The hero on this platter is the Easy Salmon Cracker Spread. The adults and kids will both eat it up, everything goes great with a RITZ Cracker!

Easy Salmon Cracker Spread

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Easy Salmon Cracker Spread goes perfectly on top of a buttery, RITZ Cracker!

Easy Salmon Cracker Spread

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 8
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This Easy Salmon Cracker Spread is loaded onto RITZ Crackers for the perfect appetizer for Game Day! This delicious salmon spread is made with fresh salmon, dill, cream cheese and mayonnaise…it’s so good!



  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen salmon, or you can substitute (3) 5 oz. cans of canned salmon
  • 23 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • RITZ Crackers for serving


  1. If using fresh salmon, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Season the salmon lightly with salt and pepper, place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minuets until the fish flakes apart.
  3. Remove the skin from the bottom and place into a medium sized bowl to cool.
  4. Flake the salmon with a fork or your hands, then add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, dill, salt and pepper, lemon juice and zest.
  5. Stir to combine then cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

If using frozen salmon thaw completely before putting in the oven to bake.
If using canned salmon just proceed to adding it to a bowl with the other ingredients.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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21 Responses
  1. Nicole Elliott ~ Client

    That tray is SO pretty and impressive but I love that it really isn’t that hard to put together! A perfect Game Day option!!

  2. Sarah

    This spread is delicious. I’ve made it countless times and had to finally rate it! It’s also very forgiving if you have to tweak the herbs or use juice instead of zest occasionally. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Amy

    We make this regularly now as a way to get more fish in our diet. Game day, Sunday, any day. Leftovers (if there are any) are great spread on a bagel the next morning. Me, my love, my mom, and my MIL all agree 100% on this one thing. That’s a special kind of magic.

  4. Adam

    Loved it. I was looking for quick potluck recipes for a Christmas party and this fit the bill perfectly. Part of the fun for me is tweaking online recipes to suit my own taste, but I wouldn’t change anything about this one. The brightness of the lemon was terrific. I did use smoked salmon with no additional salt aside from the initial seasoning prior to baking.

  5. Dayle

    I have been making a similar version of this dip for more than 40 years. Instead of using Cream Cheese, I use French Nuefchâtel and off cuts of smoked salmon. Its a very quick and impressive dip. Ritz is not a thing here in Australia, so we use home made Pita chips or Table Wafer Crackers instead. Thanks for reminding me of how delicious this dip is.

  6. Susan

    Oh this nice. I used left over salmon with a garlic oil and balsamic. Just added fill and lemon pepper with the mayo and cream cheese. Absolutely delicious.

  7. Laurie

    Delicious and easy! Great way to use leftover salmon. Didn’t have fresh so used dried dill, also some dried parsley. Will definitely make this a lot.

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