Our 7 Absolute Best Simple Salmon Appetizers

An easy way to make your meal seem fancy

There’s something effortlessly elegant about opening a dinner party with salmon canapes. Salmon is an extremely versatile dish, whether it’s a smoked fresh fillet enveloping a pepper or fried into a croquette, our best simple salmon appetizer recipes are the perfect way to elevate your next meal without spending too long in the kitchen. Your guests will be sure to thank you. Be sure to use the best quality salmon you can find; in the SAVEUR test kitchen, we use Skuna Bay.

Salmon Croquettes

These croquettes from Atlanta’s Watershed are all meat with minimal breading. It’s important to chill them thoroughly—ideally overnight—so they hold together in the hot skillet. Get the recipe for Salmon Croquettes »

Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon

Spicy, briny, creamy, and salty, this simple, retro-inspired appetizer is an unabashed crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon »

Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress

Roasting beets and puréeing them with a little balsamic vinegar makes a sweet, earthy spread that’s a perfect base for slices of smoked salmon and peppery watercress.

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Pickled celery balances the subtleness of fromage blanc in a simple and elegant canapé.

Salmon Tartare

A simple mix of soy sauce, mirin, and cilantro flavors meltingly tender salmon for an elegant appetizer that requires very little prep time.

Salmon Dip

Baked salmon is brightened with lemon zest and parsley and combined with crème fraîche to make a creamy, savory dip that’s great served on crackers or toast points. Get the recipe for Salmon Dip »

Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion

Cream cheese, capers, and red onions make for a lovely spread to pair with smoked salmon.