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

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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon

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 »Yossy Arefi

Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress

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. Get the recipe for Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress »Helen Rosner

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery
Pickled celery balances the subtleness of fromage blanc in a simple and elegant canapé. Get the recipe for Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery »Helen Rosner

Salmon Tartare

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. Get the recipe for Salmon Tartare »Helen Rosner

Salmon Dip

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 »Helen Rosner

Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion

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. Get the recipe for Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion »Helen Rosner