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Smoked Salmon Canapés with Caviar

  • Author: Maxine Dubois


This Smoked Salmon Canapés Recipe with Caviar will have your palate dancing with joy as delicate smoked salmon meets creamy cheese and caviar on a crisp cracker stage!


  • 24 crackers (such as water crackers or thin toasts)
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) smoked salmon slices
  • 2 ounces (55 grams) caviar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)


  1. Lay out the crackers on a serving platter or tray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with finely chopped fresh dill. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  3. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each cracker.
  4. Take a slice of smoked salmon and fold or roll it into a neat shape. Place the rolled smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese layer on each cracker.
  5. If you're using caviar, spoon about 1/4 teaspoon onto each smoked salmon roll.
  6. Garnish each canapé with a small sprig of fresh dill.
  7. Serve the smoked salmon canapés immediately, arranged on a platter. You can also provide lemon wedges on the side for guests to squeeze over the canapés if they desire an extra citrus flavor.


  • Quality Ingredients: Start with high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to smoked salmon. Look for fresh, thinly sliced smoked salmon that has a rich and flavorful taste.
  • Softened Cream Cheese: Ensure that the cream cheese is properly softened before mixing it with other ingredients. This will make it easier to spread and incorporate flavors.
  • Creative Garnishes: Don't be afraid to get creative with garnishes. Experiment with different toppings such as caviar, pickled onions, capers, or fresh herbs like dill, chives, or parsley. These additions can add unique flavors and visual appeal to the canapés.
  • Consistent Sizing: Try to keep the sizes of the smoked salmon slices, cream cheese spread, and crackers consistent. This will not only create an aesthetically pleasing presentation but also ensure that each bite has a balanced combination of flavors.
  • Chill Before Serving: After assembling the canapés, it's a good idea to let them chill in the refrigerator for a short time before serving. This will help the flavors meld together and also allow the cream cheese to set slightly.
  • Timing is Key: Assemble the canapés just before serving to keep the crackers crisp. If you assemble them too far in advance, the crackers may become soggy from the toppings.
  • Serve Fresh: Smoked salmon canapés are best enjoyed fresh. Aim to serve them soon after assembly to ensure the best texture and flavor.
  • Presentation: Pay attention to the visual presentation of the canapés. Arrange them neatly on a platter, garnish with fresh herbs or lemon wedges, and make sure they look enticing to your guests.