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Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese

Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese

Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese

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I can eat bagels any time of day. This Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese is the perfect option for any meal of the day. If you are not a lover of cold smoked salmon, this tasty creation just might change your mind.

Smoked salmon seems to be one of those ingredients that falls into two categories. Do you like it? YES or NO? For the longest time, I was in the NO category. My first experience with a smoked salmon bagel was not a positive one. Thank goodness that has changed over the years. Now one of my favourite things to make is Warm Potato Salad with Smoked Salmon and Dill. For a great brunch recipe, Smoked Salmon Egg In A Hole is a crowd pleaser!

The very first time I tried a smoked salmon bagel was a very long time ago. I had just started a new job in the big city. For lunch one day I decided to try a little deli that was located in the building I worked in.

Young and naive, I scanned the menu and saw Bagel and Lox. Since I absolutely LOVE bagels, this sounded like the perfect lunch. I ordered and anxiously waited. I was so excited to see what this was (since there was no explanation), and I didn’t think to ask.

My order was ready. I paid and quickly found somewhere to sit and eat. I unwrapped the salmon bagel and took a bite. OMG! I still remember asking myself “what is this”? My taste buds did a backflip, and I think I actually spit out my mouthful of food. I certainly knew what a bagel was, but what the hell is a lox bagel?

Jump to present day, I totally enjoy a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese. So glad I gave it another try. I also enjoy Smoked Salmon Salad for dinner too!

Smoked Salmon, Lox, Nova or Gravlox?

Do you know the difference between ALL these? Wow so interesting. I still have to try a couple of these tasty variations. My early experience with salmon was canned “pink” salmon. My mom didn’t even buy sockeye salmon never mind smoked salmon. In case you were wondering, you can indeed buy canned smoked salmon, and it is so delicious. Another great option to make a salmon bagel with.

Over the years, my taste buds have developed nicely, and smoked salmon recipes happen in my kitchen on a regular basis. You would have thought with my Ukrainian background I would have eaten smoked salmon at some point. My mom did eat canned sardines and pickled herring. I will say those 2 ingredients ARE NOT something I eat either (or ever will).

Now as for bagels, I have not come across one that I didn’t like. I wish I lived close enough to have Montreal bagels at my disposal. I know there are a few great bagel places in the USA too. This smoked salmon recipe is one we totally enjoy for brunch on the weekends, but also for dinner with a salad.

Smoked salmon and cream cheese is the classic deli paring for a smoked salmon bagel, just like in my “bagel and lox” experience. For this easy recipe I just added some jarred artichokes (the kind packed in oil) to plain whipped cream cheese. Do you like artichokes? If not, fresh dill works amazing too. Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, or pickles are great additions. Don’t forget all your wonderful spices. Making flavoured cream cheese is so easy.

I like buying my smoked salmon frozen at Costco. You can purchase it in 1 large package (which is great for parties), but I usually buy the box of 10 small packages. I find 1 small package is enough for 2 people.

To make this smoked salmon bagel recipe:

thaw the smoked salmon (in the fridge)

mix up your flavoured cream cheese (or you can use plain)

choose a bagel flavour (I used Everything, but Pumpernickel would be great here)

cut the bagel in 1/2 and toast

cover each half with cream cheese

top with 2-3 slices of salmon

garnish is capers (or dill, or nothing)

top with a hit of freshly ground black pepper (optional)


So there you have my smoked salmon story and how I went from NO to YES. Sure glad I gave it another try (even if it was 30 years later).

How about you? Are you a YES or a NO?

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Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese

Deli style Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Choose your favourite bagel, toast and slather with your choice of cream cheese. Layer on slices of smoked salmon, garnish with capers and enjoy!!


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Reader Interactions


It took me a while to figure out the difference between all the salmons too! I remember trying smoked salmon for the first time on vacation when I had ordered and thought I was getting cooked salmon! I didn’t want to make a fuss so I tried it and haven’t looked back since! I love a good smoked salmon bagel now.

I vividly remember the first time I had smoked salmon; my Dad worked in the city and brought a whole sliced side home after visiting a famous deli. It was love at first taste. I used to love it on toast sprinkled with the vinegar from a jar of pickled onions. Which sounds odd but is sooooo good. (It is still one of my favourite lunchtime treats. Hot buttered toast, smoked salmon and a sprinkle of pickled onion vinegar) It was years later that I ordered a bagel and I am a bit obsessed with them now! So when I saw your artichoke cream I knew I just had to try it. I am glad I did! It was a perfect addition. I used a bit of dill as well and it was a lunch I never wanted to end. Thank you for introducing me to smoked salmon and artichoke. ??

Salmon, smoked or just salted, is something I grew up with in Siberia . There is no way I can say no to that! ?? Paired with artichokes and cream cheese , is like a heaven on a plate . When I worked in coffee shop in San Francisco, I did also put sprouts on top. Yummy eather way!

Wow – it totally blows my mind that you had no idea what lox was the first time you ordered it! I guess I just sort of assumed it was a more or less universal food. My 2 year old LOVES lox in everything, from pasta salads to bagels!

Smoked salmon may just be the only food that I’m not that big of a fan of. But I haven’t had it in so long, I think I need to give it another try… I LOVE salmon in general, so feel like I have to like smoked salmon, right?? In any event, this bagel is making me want to try ASAP!

How? How can anybody say no to smoked salmon? What alternate reality is this? Lol! Anyway I’m so glad you saw the light as myself and my wife are definite salmon yeses and we make ours almost exactly the same way, but without the artichokes so color me totally intrigued by your version! Lovely!

I actually had a similar experience to you with smoked salmon. I tried it a few times as a kid and definitely wasn’t a fan, but then I tried it recently and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it! I guess our taste buds change over the years huh? Thanks for linking to the article about the differences between types of cured/smoked salmon. I had no idea! You learn something new every day. ??

This recipe looks divine! Nothing beats smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel. I love your addition of artichokes and capers. YUM! I bet it adds a totally different dimension to the dish and a little extra nutrition too. Great idea! My mom loves smoked salmon and artichokes, so I’ll have to make this for her soon. Thank you so much, Gloria!!

My hubster hates salmon, but I just LOVE it. Especially in the form of lox on a bagel—yes, PLEASE! I especially love that you added capers and artichoke: two of my favorite ingredients in their own right! Fabulous recipe! #recipeoftheweek

I don’t like smoked salmon but I think you are right, my eyes stuck with your recipe images. I like to try it now, look so delicious. Thanks for changing my mind, I think I found the smoked salmon recipe that I would love.

Smoked salmon on a bagel is one of my absolute favorite weekend breakfasts. Pairing it with artichoke cream cheese is brilliant! I’ll definitely be making this spread next weekend. My tastebuds thank you in advance! ??

Oh wow I didn’t know there were so many varieties! I too didn’t have smoked salmon / lox until later in life, I had no idea what it was and I was just as excited when I first had it! This sounds like the perfect breakfast!

Oh goodness, I’ve never heard of artichoke cream cheese before and I am in *LOVE* with this idea. I eat salmon with cream cheese on toast regularly, so this is right up my alley. The perfect way to jazz things up without straying too far from a classic lox bagel. Your first experience with a lox bagel made me chuckle. Mine was in Montreal, and I had the opposite reaction. I was like, HOW CAN I LIVE A LIFE WHERE I EAT THIS EVERY DAY?

I absolutely love salmon in every shape, form and preparation. Smoked salmon is one of my favorite things to have for brunch. I love the artichoke cream cheese, so delicious and the addition of the capers is great too. What a great and easy dish to have for Easter or mother;s day. Thank you for such an informative post!

We went to visit my husband’s friend and Latvia once and they took us to this humongous market and bought a fresh piece of salmon. They then took it home and cured it with either sugar or salt and then we eat it the next day on some type of brown bread with butter and thinly sliced onions. I had never had anything like that before and it was one of our favorite food memories. My husband needs his smoke salmon just like this however he’s never had the order two cream cheese. I can’t wait to surprise him with it someday!

We are huge fans of Salmon in our home and my husband loves his salmon with bagel and cream cheese mixed with dill. This is a winning combination and it’s one that never disappoints. Can’t wait to try this. Yum!

I’m definitely a YES! but everybody else is a NO in my house which means…. I don’t have to share;) I like to eat mine on crackers with cream cheese and I absolutely love it on a really good toasted bagel. You made me hungry.

My husband would totally flip for these. He fell in love with them when he went to Montreal for his bachelor party in October and has loved them ever since. Luckily we live near NYC and get great bagels so we can make this at home!!

I’m a solid YES! Smoked salmon is so delicious and we almost always have some in the fridge because I prefer savory breakfasts to sweet any day. And this is actually something I love for a light lunch or snack as well! Glad you came around to smoked salmon!

Count me into the “I love smoked salmon” category. I do like most seafoods but count me out on mackerel. I was on Weight Watchers many many years ago and we had to eat lots of fish. I bought some canned mackerel. I swear that the odor almost made me faint. I did NOT eat it. In fact I’ve smelled cat food that smelled better. Now, I love bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and artichokes. Your recipe is a winner with me.

I am in love with everything about this, starting with that “everything” bagel ?? Adding artichoke to the cream cheese, well that just switches things up in a beautiful direction. Can’t wait to give this a try! Pinning!

Love this informative post. I have to be honest, it’s not the flavor of smoked salmon – it’s the texture. Still having trouble getting past that. However I love bagels, cream cheese, artichokes and capers – so give me all of that please!

That’s too funny that you didn’t know what lox were! I practically grew up on smoked salmon — my French grandparents served it as an appetizer with toast points and chopped egg — for EVERY family gathering. My whole family loves smoked salmon on bagels with cream cheese, but I’ve never thought to add artichokes to the cream cheese base. What a great idea! With Easter coming up, I think this would go great with a mimosa or bloody mary for brunch! Thanks for the inspiration!

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