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Smoked Salmon Bagels

April 23, 2020 (Last Updated: May 11, 2020) by Chris Collins

These Smoked Salmon Bagels are loaded with a homemade herb cream cheese, avocado and capers. They’re easy to make and bursting with flavour!

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The ULTIMATE Salmon Bagel

You ever gone into a cafe, bought a bagel and then wondered if you should take out a mortgage to pay for the thing? And then do it over and over again? 😂Yeah same. Don’t get me wrong, I love cafes, I love bagels from cafes and quite frankly I sometimes enjoy spending ridiculous amounts of money for said bagel. BUT, let’s be frank here. Cafe style salmon bagels are insanely easy to replicate at home. Here’s what you’ll need for the best salmon bagel:

  • Bagels – here I use sesame bagels, but you can use any variety you like.
  • Herb Cream Cheese – more on this in just a sec.
  • Smoked Salmon – the piece de resistance.
  • Avocado – Quite frankly I can’t remember the last bagel/sandwich/meal I had without avocado and this recipe is no exception.
  • Capers – fish and capers are a match made in heaven!
  • Lemon – see above.

At it’s absolute heart though all you need is smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels. I’m just extra and I hope you are too.

closeup shot of bagel with top resting on side with focus on salmon and capers

Herb Cream Cheese

Did I say the smoked salmon was the piece de resistance? I really meant this is. Sure, cream cheese is great, but stuffing some herbs in is much more fun. For the herb cream cheese I use chives and parsley. Dill also works really nicely in this recipe, but it is quite a powerful herb. As such I usually leave it out of the cream cheese and just sprinkle a pinch over at the end.

Another thing going in is lemon. I tend to use lemon zest because I prefer a thicker cream cheese. However, if you prefer a smoother cream cheese you can use lemon juice. Slightly different flavours but nothing too dramatic.

Best Cream Cheese to use?

I usually go Philadelphia, but your favourite brand is fine. I also always go for full fat, just cause I’m a full fat kinda guy.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yep! In fact I encourage you to do so. It’ll give the flavours time to marry and for the herbs to completely soften through.

How to make herb cream cheese - 2 step by step photos

Homemade Salmon Bagels

As you can imagine, making salmon bagels couldn’t be easier. Just a few things to consider though:

To toast or not to toast?

Totally optionally. I actually like to toast one side on a smoking hot griddle pan to get some nice grill marks, but this is optional (I told you I’m extra!).

Subs and variations

  • Red Onion – always a nice addition and can sub for the chives. Very thinly sliced, you won’t need much.
  • Cucumber – another welcomed addition. Could sub for the avocado.
  • Rocket/Arugula – sometimes, just sometimes, I’ll add some more green into this. And if I do it’s usually this. It’s quite ‘peppery’ so goes perfectly.

Stacking order: bottom bagel, herb cream cheese, avocado, salmon, lemon juice (optional), capers and dill, top bagel.

How to make a salmon bagel - 4 step by step photos

And there we have it! And absolutely no mortgages were taken out in the process of this recipe 🤣 I usually serve these up for a quick lunch (done in under 10mins) or a brunch if I can’t wait. Oh sod it let’s make them for breakfast for crying out loud.

If you’re looking for more similar recipes check out these beauties:

Salmon Recipes: Creamy Salmon Pasta, Honey Sriracha Salmon.

Bagel Recipes: Avocado Tuna Bagel Melts, Breakfast Quiche Stuffed Bagels, Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagels, Pizza Bagels

Cafe Style Recipes: Smashed Avocado on Toast.

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these salmon cream cheese bagels shall we?

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How to make Salmon Bagelsย (Full Recipe & Video)

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Salmon Cream Cheese Bagels

These Smoked Salmon Bagels are loaded with a homemade herb cream cheese, avocado & capers. They're easy to make and bursting with flavour!
5 from 7 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories per serving: 630kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ3 / $4


  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Bread Knife
  • Zester (optional)

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 Bagels, halved (see notes)
  • 7oz / 200g Smoked Salmon Slices
  • 7oz / 200g Cream Cheese
  • 2 small/medium Avocados, peeled, stoned and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Chives
  • 4 tsp Capers
  • Fresh Dill, to serve (see notes)
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine 7oz/200g cream cheese, 1 tbsp finely diced chives and parsley, a hefty pinch of cracked black pepper (to taste) and the zest of half a lemon. Alternatively, if you don't have a zester or want a smoother cream cheese you can squeeze in lemon juice (to taste).
  • Evenly distribute fillings and stack in the following order: bottom bagel slice, herb cream cheese, avocado, salmon, capers, a pinch of dill then finish with top bagel slice. I also like to squeeze a little lemon juice on the salmon, but this is optional.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Bagel - Here I use sesame seed bagels, but you can use any variety you like. I also like to toast them by laying on a piping hot griddle pan to give them some nice grill marks. This is optional. You can also just use a toaster, or, just keep them un-toasted.
b) Dill - Dill does go gorgeously with salmon, but this is totally optional. With the same token, if you know you love dill, feel free to mix in the herbed cream cheese. It is quite a powerful herb, so just go easy.
c) Subs and Variations - Very thinly sliced red onion in this is nice and can make a sub for the chives if you don't have them. Cucumber is also a great addition and could sub for avocado.
d) Calories - per bagel using full fat cream cheese.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Salmon Cream Cheese Bagels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 630 Calories from Fat 292
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.44g50%
Saturated Fat 11.909g60%
Trans Fat 0.021g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.364g
Monounsaturated Fat 15.058g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 1026mg43%
Potassium 757mg22%
Carbohydrates 63.2g21%
Fiber 8.5g34%
Sugar 11.08g12%
Protein 25.21g50%
Vitamin A 822IU16%
Vitamin C 16.5mg20%
Calcium 273mg27%
Iron 5.19mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Esther Leng
    September 3, 2023 at 3:46 am

    5 stars
    This looks like what I need. I love smoked salmon and I love bagels! Also, it would be nice if you could recommend any side dishes to go with it. Salad, anyone?

    Thank you!

  • Reply
    April 2, 2021 at 4:17 am

    5 stars
    OMG!!!!! I cannot wait to make this recipe! It looks so good and it has my mouth drooling. I haven’t tried it yet but know for sure it will be DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!1 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 1, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    5 stars
    I get salmon bagels when I’m out at restaurants, but have never made it at home. This recipe lays out all the steps so I can now make it at home. I love the addition of avocados to it.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 1, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Erin! The avocado truly makes this dish ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 1, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    5 stars
    I have become a little obsessed with salmon lately and I love cream cheese and bagels so this was my ideal lunch. So yummy!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 1, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Safira! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Nart at Cooking with Nart
    May 1, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for breakfast the other day. It was so delicious. Thanks for such a great recipe!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 1, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Awesome! Glad you loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 1, 2020 at 11:08 am

    5 stars
    That is my ideal brunch, right there! I just love the combo of salmon, avo and cream cheese. Sooo good together! Beautiful photos too!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 1, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Anna! It’s my favourite brunch too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Dea Kepic
    May 1, 2020 at 10:40 am

    5 stars
    O M G thiss is one of the best foods on the planet! And you just made it accessible to make at home and not pay a fortune in cafes, haha! I’m already drooling. This will be my new staple breakfast, thanks for the amazing recipe! I loved the rustic photos.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 1, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Dea! ๐Ÿ™‚