Cured or Smoked Salmon Appetizer Platter


This smoked salmon platter requires little effort but the spread makes a big impression.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings

How to Serve Smoked Salmon

This smoked salmon platter is the ultimate make-ahead appetizer. Serve it with all the fixings—capers, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, red onion and steamed potatoes. Lay out everything listed in the ingredients or just a few of the elements along with an assortment of crackers, cocktail bread or sliced baguette.

What Sauces Go Well with Smoked Salmon?

This tangy dill mustard sauce is perfect with smoked salmon! Or try this creamy dill sauce, which has yogurt, scallions, dill and parsley. Instead of a sauce, you can make this creamy dill spread for smoked salmon tea sandwiches. Pick your favorite or make them all for a nice variety to choose from.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 8 ounces baby purple, red and/or yellow potatoes

  • 8 ounces sliced cured or smoked wild Alaskan salmon, lox or gravlax (see Tips)

  • ½ medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber

  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes

  • ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes

  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs (see Tips), peeled and sliced

  • 8 teaspoons wild salmon roe (caviar)

  • 8 teaspoons capers, rinsed

  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus dill sprigs for garnish

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes, cover and steam until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Spread on a plate or clean cutting board in a single layer until cool.

  2. Arrange salmon, potatoes, onion, cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, eggs, roe, capers and lemon wedges on a platter (or platters). Sprinkle with chopped dill and pepper. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs, if desired.


Large saucepan, steamer basket


Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a more stable population.

To hard-boil eggs: Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and cover the eggs with ice-cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling.

To make ahead

Steam potatoes and let stand at room temperature for up to 3 hours; assemble platter(s) and let stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

98 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 98
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Vitamin A 229IU 5%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 35mg 8%
Potassium 249mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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