Smoked Salmon Bagel


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If you love a good smoked salmon bagel, then look no further- this homemade recipe makes the perfect brunch, lunch, or savory breakfast.

smoked salmon bagel.

If you are anything like me, there is nothing more delicious than a smoked salmon bagel with all the trimmings. 

I’m someone who’d happily fork out close to $20 for one of these bagels and only recently did I realise just how easy they are to make at home!

Why you’ll love this recipe 

  • Cost effective. The price of a smoked salmon bagel at any cafe or sandwich shop is around $15-$20 each. This homemade version clocks in at under $4 per serve!
  • Quick and easy. In just 3 easy steps, your smoked salmon bagel will be ready to serve.
  • You control the ingredients. There is nothing more annoying that ordering one of these bagels and having it slathered with cream cheese (seriously!). By making it yourself, you control how much (or how little) you add.
  • Healthier. Bagels are infamous for being calorie bombs and most of that comes down to the ingredients. By making it yourself, you can control the overall nutritional profile of them. 

What I love about this recipe is just how simple and elegant it is. I can’t believe I used to pay someone else to make them when I could do it myself! 

Ingredients needed 

You will love the simple ingredient list for this recipe. My only recommendation is to choose the most fresh ingredients as possible. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Bagels. I like using plain or sesame bagels as it lets the fillings shine, but any work. Of course, you can try a homemade bagel (we have 2 ingredient one, low calorie one, an air fried one, and a low carb one). 
  • Cream cheese. Softened to room temperature.
  • Cucumber. Thinly sliced. 
  • Smoked salmon. When possible, choose fresh smoked salmon over the packaged variety. 
  • Optional fillings. Red onion, capers, dill.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 

How to make a smoked salmon bagel? 

With less than two minutes prep, this is a very simple recipe. Here is how to make it: 

Step 1- Toast the bagels 

Start by slicing the bagels in half and lightly toasting them. Unlike sliced bread, bagels can become quite stiff when toasted too long.

Step 2- Assemble

Add a layer of cream cheese on the base and on top of the bagels. Add cucumber, smoked paprika and then red onion, capers, fresh dill and season with salt and pepper. 

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Tips to make the best bagel sandwich 

  • Always toast the bagels because the un-toasted ones are too dense and doughy.
  • Remove the cream cheese from the fridge 30 minutes before making the recipe. It’ll soften the cream cheese, which will mix the ingredients better. 
  • Always use fresh ingredients when possible. It makes all the difference in terms of flavor.

Flavor variations 

The beauty of this bagel sandwich is just how easy it to customize based on your personal preferences. Here are some ideas to try: 

  • Cheese: Not a fan of cream cheese? Try spreadable goat cheese, cottage cheese, or sliced cheddar. 
  • Proteins: Swap smoked salmon with smoked trout or tuna. 
  • Veggies: We kept things classic with red onion but add avocado, tomatoes, or even some arugula. 
  • Seasonings: Sauces, dressings, or even some mayo. 

Make ahead tips 

You can prep these bagels up to three days in advance and keep them stored in the refrigerator.

When ready to eat, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes and, if possible, place it in a panini press to toast it.

smoked salmon bagel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is smoked salmon on a bagel cooked?

Smoked salmon has been ‘smoked’ beforehand. While it isn’t cooked in the traditional sense, it is safe to consume.

What is the difference between lox and smoked salmon? 

While very similar, lox has a saltier flavor and a prominent raw texture compared to smoked salmon.

Is smoked salmon healthy for breakfast?  

Yes, smoked salmon is healthy for breakfast, as it is packed with protein and healthy fats. However, as it is high in sodium, it should be consumed in moderation.

smoked salmon bagel recipe.

Smoked Salmon Bagel | Ready In 2 Minutes

5 from 4 votes
If you love a good smoked salmon bagel, then look no further- this homemade recipe makes the perfect brunch, lunch, or savory breakfast.
Servings: 2 bagels
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes


  • 2 bagels halved
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 small cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion sliced
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 sprig fresh dill chopped


  • Toast the bagels lightly.
  • Spread a layer of cream cheese to the base of the bagels and a thin layer on top. 
  • Add a thin layer of the cucumber, followed by the smoked salmon, red onion, a sprinkle of the capers and the fresh dill. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut bagels in half and enjoy immediately.


TO MAKE AHEAD: Smoked salmon bagels can be made up to three days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. 


Serving: 1bagelCalories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 23gFat: 10gSodium: 891mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 3mgNET CARBS: 42g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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