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Smoked Salmon Veggie Dip

Smoked Salmon Veggie Dip

By Traeger Kitchen

This dip is smokin'. Brined salmon is perfectly smoked with oak and combined with cream cheese, sour cream, fresh herbs and brightened with lemon juice for a dip that tastes damn good on anything.

Prep Time

45 Min

Cook Time

3 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
1 1/2 Quart water
1 1/2 Cup Salt
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon juniper berries, crushed
4 bay leaves, crushed
1 Tablespoon Black pepper
1 (3-4 lb) salmon side
1/2 Cup cream cheese
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1/2 Tablespoon fresh chopped chives
1/2 Tablespoon Fresh chopped dill
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
To Taste salt and pepper
As Needed crackers or vegetables, for serving


  • 1

    In a medium saucepan, combine 1-1/2 quarts water, salt, brown sugar, juniper berries, bay leaves and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until salt and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes.

  • 2

    Pour mixture over 1-1/2 quarts ice water to cool. Once cool to the touch, pour mixture over salmon, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  • 3

    Remove fish from brine and discard brine. Rinse fillets and pat dry. Lay them out on a cooling rack and refrigerate overnight to form the pellicle. This allows the smoke to adhere to the fillets better.

  • 4

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature 165°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Place the fillets directly on the grill grate and smoke for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until fish begins to flake.

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 6

    While the salmon is smoking, combine cream cheese, sour cream, herbs, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

  • 7

    Add 1 pound of the flaked, smoked salmon and stir to combine until salmon breaks apart into very small pieces.

  • 8

    Serve with crackers or your choice of vegetables to dip. Enjoy!

How to Smoke Salmon

Learn how to smoke salmon in this step-by-step guide. Learn how to prep, cure, the best wood for smoking, cooking times, & internal cooking temperatures.

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