Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon on Sourdough Bagel

This dish elegantly combines the rich, creamy texture of cream cheese, the delicate smokiness of salmon, and the unique tang of a sourdough bagel to create a culinary masterpiece that’s perfect for any occasion.



Serving Size

1 bagel sandwich


(per serve):


Ready In:

20 mins


About this Recipe

By: Vincent

Imagine biting into the perfect blend of a chewy, tangy sourdough bagel, topped with velvety cream cheese, enriched with a hint of lemon zest, and layered with delicately smoked salmon.

layers of smoked salmon with slice of lemon by the side


Sourdough bagels – 4 (about 400g in total)

Cream cheese, softened – 150g

Smoked salmon – 200g

Fresh dill – a small bunch (approximately 10g)

Lemon (for zest and juice) – 1 medium-sized

Black pepper – freshly ground, to taste


Do you know? Beyond its taste, smoked salmon is also prized for its nutritional benefits. It’s a great source of high-quality protein, essential omega-3 fatty acids, and various vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D, B vitamins, and selenium. 

top viw cream cheese in bowl with spread knife on side
smashed avocado on bread toast

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Toasting the Sourdough Bagels: First things first, let’s get those sourdough bagels ready. Slice them in half. Now, we want to toast them just right – aim for a warm, lightly crispy edge while keeping that lovely chewy center. A toaster or a hot pan works great for this. Watch them closely; we don’t want them too crunchy.

Step 2

Preparing the Cream Cheese: Now, onto the cream cheese. Make sure it’s softened – this makes it easier to spread and mix. We’re adding a bit of zing here. Grate some lemon zest directly into the cream cheese. A squeeze of lemon juice adds that fresh, tangy flavor. Stir it all together until it’s smooth and perfectly blended. This lemony cream cheese is a game changer.

Step 3

Layering the Cream Cheese: Here’s where it gets fun. Take each toasted bagel half and spread a generous amount of your lemon-infused cream cheese. Be liberal with it; every bite should have that creamy goodness.

Step 4

Adding the Smoked Salmon: Next, the star of the show – smoked salmon. Drape it over the cream cheese in whatever fashion you like. I usually go for slightly folded pieces for more texture. The smoky flavor of the salmon pairs beautifully with the tang of the bagel and the zestiness of the cream cheese.

Step 5

Garnishing with Dill and Pepper: Almost done! Now for some fresh dill. Just tear off a few sprigs and scatter them over the top. They bring a fresh, herby touch to the whole ensemble. Finally, a twist of freshly ground black pepper for that slight kick. And you are done.

Although it is not a staple in asian kitchen, but if you have, consider adding some capers for that salty tang and add subtle complexity to the overall smoked salmon cream cheese bagel receipe.

Serving Suggestions

For an unforgettable serving experience, present these bagel sandwiches with a side of crisp, green salad dressed lightly in a vinaigrette, or a fresh fruit platter to add a sweet, refreshing contrast. Pair with a cup of artisan coffee or a glass of chilled prosecco to elevate this meal into a truly exquisite dining affair.

smoked salmon bagel side view


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