Easy Smoked Salmon Platter | The Mediterranean Dish (2022)

You'll love this loaded smoked salmon platter with fresh veggies, creamy cheese (in this case Labneh) and Mediterranean favorites like capers, olives, and marinated artichokes! Serve it for brunch with bagels or as an appetizer platter with your favorite crackers or pita wedges.

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Grazing boards are my favorite way to entertain. Scratch that. They're my favorite way to eat! There is just something about sharing a big platter of favorite foods with the people I love.

My earlier cheese board and mezze platter with hummus are two good examples of easy no-cook platters I make often for my family.

And now...this smoked salmon situation, which is a great one to serve as an appetizer or for brunch (just add a few easy boiled eggs).

Bagel and lox on a platter!

Here's the deal with this smoked salmon platter, takes the idea of bagel and lox to a whole new level of delicious...plus, a platter is much more sharable than a bagel! (But if you're really in the mood for an option closer to lox and bagels, check out my smoked salmon sandwich with feta and a crunchy root vegetable topping.)

You've got your smoked salmon (or lox), cream cheese (in my case, I used homemade labneh), red onions, and capers, which are the usual suspects to make a classic bagel with lox.

From there, load up the platter with sliced fresh veggies and Mediterranean favorites like olives, marinated artichoke hearts, a few slices of feta, and lemon wedges! If I'm serving this for brunch, then the soft-boiled eggs are a must for me.

Now, whether you serve this smoked salmon platter with a side of bagels or not, that's totally optional.

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How to buy good smoked salmon?

Some lucky ones will smoke their own fish, but for the rest of us who will buy it at the store, it's important to examine the package well.

Avoid buying smoked salmon if you see dark edges or spots on its flesh. And as salmon is an oily fish, it will have a bit of shine to it, but it should not look too oily or slimy (this is a sign that the fish hasn’t been properly cured).

Also read look at the label, you should not see too much added salt or sugar listed for flavor (the smoking process already adds a lot of flavor)

How to make a smoked salmon platter

Much like I did with my earlier cheese board, let me offer these steps as a loose guide for how to put together a killer smoked salmon platter, but you can totally make it your own by changing things up according to what you have.

  • Smoked Salmon. You'll want about 12 ounces to 1 pound of quality smoked salmon to serve a small crowd of 4 to 6 people.
  • Eggs. This is optional, but I think they elevate this platter to something of a stand-alone light meal for brunch. I like easy boiled eggs here.
  • Cheese. Cream cheese is the obvious option, but for a bit of Mediterranean twist, and perhaps healthier, I went for labneh (yogurt cheese). I also added slabs of feta cheese (I'm a big fan of feta and will find any way to use it. Have you checked out my baked feta recipe yet?)
  • Fresh veggies. I like a combination of cool cucumbers and tomatoes with bold, peppery radish, red onion, and crispy green peppers. Slicing the veggies thinly into rounds makes them easy to stack with the salmon on top of your favorite cracker, bagel or whatever you serve along.
  • Marinated items. Capers are a must, but I also like assorted olives and marinated artichoke hearts. You could also add pickled cucumbers if you have them or check out the olive bar at your local grocery store for some more marinated items (roasted red peppers or pickled mushrooms are great options too)!
  • Lemon wedges to squeeze over the salmon.
  • Crackers or your favorite bread to serve. Sure, you can still do bagels (or even Jerusalem bagels), particularly if you're serving this for brunch.
  • Garnish. If you have a few sprigs of thyme, fresh dill or parsley, add them in!
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There are no particular ingredient measurements, but I still put together the recipe below just as a guide. It will serve 4 to 6 people, and you can double or triple the amount if you're serving more.

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Smoked Salmon Platter

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Use this recipe as a guide to make an amazing salmon platter like a pro! If you're serving more than 6 people, you can double or triple the amounts used here. And don't be shy to make this platter your own by using what vegetables you have on hand or adding more of your favorite marinated items...

Prep – 15 mins

Cook – 0 mins

Total – 15 mins

Cuisine:

Mediterranean

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Serves – 6 up to

Course:

Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, soft boiled
  • Kosher salt
  • Red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper (I used Aleppo pepper)
  • 12 oz smoked salmon
  • 4 oz Cream cheese or Labneh (I used homemade labneh)
  • 3 oz Feta cheese, sliced into slabs
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 vine-ripe tomato, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced into rounds
  • ¼ cup assorted olives
  • cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Boil the eggs. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat (make sure the saucepan can hold all the eggs in one single layer). Using a spoon, very gently lower the eggs in the boiling water large. Cook for exactly 6½ minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle boil. When the eggs are ready, transfer them to a large bowl of iced water and let them sit for about 2 minutes. Peel the eggs and cut them in halves and season with kosher salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper (which is milder and has a slightly sweeter finish).

  • To assemble the salmon platter, place a small bowl of cream cheese or labneh in one third of the the platter. Place the feta cheese in another corner of the platter. Arrange the salmon, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, radish, onions, olives, artichoke hearts and lemon wedges around the cheese. Sprinkle a little more red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper.

  • Serve with your favorite crackers, crostini, bagels, pita wedges or even pita chips!

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Notes

  • Tip for buying smoked salmon: examine the package carefully. Avoid buying it if the fish has brown edges or spots or if it looks too oily or slimy. Also check out the list of ingredients, there should not be too much added salt or sugar or other additives.
  • Visit our shop to browse quality Mediterranean ingredients including olive oils and spices like Aleppo-style pepper used in this recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 197.9kcalCarbohydrates: 9.6gProtein: 20.3gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 130.7mgPotassium: 374.8mgFiber: 2.1gVitamin A: 637.6IUVitamin C: 33.4mgCalcium: 69.5mgIron: 1.5mg

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FAQs

How much smoked salmon should you serve per person? ›

1 (4oz Pack) 1 (4oz Pack) and 1 (8oz Pack) 2 (8oz Packs) or 1 (16oz Pack) 2 (16oz Packs) and 1 (8 oz Pack) Generally, a smoked salmon slice weighs 1oz. A 4oz package would generally have four slices. Two slices make a nice serving. Two ounces of fish per person is a typical serving.

What is the best cheese to go with smoked salmon? ›

Getting soft cheeses like Neufchatel cheese, brie, and cream cheese is an amazing way to pair them with the smoked salmon! We also definitely recommend you try some sort of cheese spread. You can do plain cream cheese, or something flavored and more elevated. For example perhaps a creme fraîche with dill.

How do you make smoked salmon look pretty? ›

And then what you also start to do is you start to move your smoked salmon just off with a slider

How much salmon is enough for 4 adults? ›

Typically, about ½ to ¾ pound of dressed or pan dressed salmon should suffice for 1 person. If you're aiming for a ¾-pound serving per person, you'll need 3 pounds for 4 people, 4.5 pounds for 6 people, and 9 pounds for 12 people.

How much salmon do I need for 5 adults? ›

Allow one-half pound per person per serving. Salmon Fillets – Ready-to-cook sides of salmon cut lengthwise from the backbone. Allow one-half pound per person for each serving.

What flavors compliment smoked salmon? ›

There are tons of ways to serve it, but typically it works well with lemon, crème frâiche and with light herbs like basil or dill. You could also try it in place of bacon in a carbonara.

What spice goes well on smoked salmon? ›

Salmon—a nutrient-dense source of protein—goes well with many spices and herbs: parsley, dill, basil, tarragon, thyme, oregano, chili powder, cumin, citrus…it's hard to choose.

What fruit is good with smoked salmon? ›

Summer fruit, melons and berries served with smoked salmon, sprinkled with a fresh mint/lemon zest/ cracked pepper mix and a yogurt-nutmeg dressing. You could even add some pecans for crunch. Serve with toasted bagels and you have a Sunday brunch that is made to impress.

What does Gordon Ramsay serve with salmon? ›

For Gordon Ramsay's crispy salmon, score the salmon and season it with salt, pepper, and Cajun spice. Now, panfry the salmon and add garlic, thyme, and butter to the pan. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes. Serve with lemon aioli mayonnaise, succotash, potatoes, and mustard greens.

What veggies go good with salmon? ›

The next time you make salmon, pair it with one of these delicious veggie side dishes. Veggies like zucchini, broccoli, cucumber and spinach are perfect sides for summer. Plus, these healthy sides are easy to make, only taking 30 minutes or less to prepare.

What Flavours go best with salmon? ›

Our Favorite Salmon Flavor Combinations
  • Salty: lower-sodium soy sauce, capers, miso, olives.
  • Sweet: honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, orange juice or zest.
  • Sour: fresh lemon, fresh lime, vinegar.
  • Pungent: onion, shallot, garlic, ginger, horseradish, sesame.
  • Creamy: cream cheese, yogurt, crème fraîche, butter.
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What is the best flavor to smoke salmon? ›

Hickory, oak or applewood chips are ideal for smoking salmon and will all lend a slightly different flavour to the fish, so it's worth experimenting. Rubbing the salmon fillets with oil before cooking gives the smoke something to stick to and intensifies the flavour.

Do you rinse salmon before smoking? ›

Rinse. Although you want to use a brine to add extra flavor to your fish, be sure to rinse and dry the fillets before smoking. This will wash away any excess spices that may have clumped together while resting.

How much salmon do I serve per person? ›

Consumption of Salmon Per Person

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recommends the consumption of 12 ounces of low-mercury seafood products like salmon every week. Generally, a healthy serving size is considered to be 3 to 4 ounces of salmon per person.

How big of a salmon do I need for 8 people? ›

But cooking a whole side of salmon—a single fillet that weighs 4 to 5 pounds and serves upwards of eight people—demands different considerations than cooking individual fillets does.

How many people can 1 salmon feed? ›

Most salmon fillets can feed three or four people.

How much fish do I need for 11 people? ›

We recommend 1 lb. of raw fish per person when serving whole fish. We recommend 6-8 ounces raw weight per person when serving fish fillets and steaks. We recommend 8 ounces raw weight per person when serving various seafood items.

How much fish do I cook per person? ›

How big is one serving size of fish? A fish meal serving size is 8 ounces uncooked or about 6 ounces cooked for a 160-pound adult. If you weigh more or less than 160 pounds, add or subtract one ounce to your serving size for each 20-pound difference in body weight.

How do you measure a serving of salmon? ›

The American Heart Association recommends that adults eat two servings of fish, such as salmon, per week. A serving is defined as 3.5 ounces of cooked fish or 3/4 cup of flaked fish.

What enhances the flavor of salmon? ›

You should mix brown or coconut sugar alongside some chili flakes or hot paprika into the small bowl, adding olive oil or melted butter to help it rub onto the salmon better. It'll be a big hit for any salmon lover!

How can I make my salmon taste better? ›

5 Easy Ways to Make Salmon Even More Delicious
  1. Herbs. Herbs add a ton of fresh flavor that enhance the fish without overpowering it. ...
  2. Breadcrumbs. A coating of crunchy breadcrumbs instantly makes salmon more like those guilty-pleasure frozen fish sticks. ...
  3. Compound Butter. ...
  4. Yogurt or Crème Fraîche Sauce. ...
  5. Glaze or Marinade.
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What alcohol goes best with smoked salmon? ›

What To Drink With Smoked Salmon
  • Champagne or sparkling wine. Champagne is probably the most common smoked salmon wine pairing. ...
  • Chablis. ...
  • Sauvignon blanc. ...
  • Riesling or Gewurztraminer. ...
  • Chardonnay. ...
  • Pinot noir.
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Can I eat avocado and salmon together? ›

Similar to salmon, avocados also contain omega-3 fatty acids, but it's a specific kind typically found in plants. This particular omega-3 fatty acid is called ALA, and when paired with salmon, not only makes for a delicious meal, but also creates a robust dosage of healthy fats.

What herbs and spices go best with salmon? ›

Salmon is a fantastic fish that pairs really well with so many herbs. The best herbs to use on salmon are parsley, dill, basil, tarragon, sage, rosemary, bay leaves, thyme, cilantro and fennel.

How do you make salmon like Masterchef? ›

Gordon Ramsay's Flavorful Salmon And Sides: Extended Version

Which side of salmon goes first? ›

Start with the skin-side down, and let it crisp up. It's much easier to slide a fish spatula under the salmon's skin than under its delicate flesh. The only exceptions? You should remove the skin when you're poaching or slow-roasting salmon—it will never get crispy in liquid and end up with a gummy, unpleasant texture.

What fruits pair well with salmon? ›

Sweet fruits also mesh well with the natural flavors of salmon. Also, since salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits can enhance the flavor of the fish without using high fat sauces. Some other fruits that pair well with salmon include mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and apples.

What is the best wine with salmon? ›

Full-Bodied White Wines – As a general rule, rich oily fish like Salmon pair wonderfully with full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, White Rioja, White Burgundy, and White Pinot Noir.

How much salmon do I need for 2 adults? ›

Generally, a healthy serving size is considered to be 3 to 4 ounces of salmon per person.

How many people does a pound of smoked salmon feed? ›

How much lox or smoked fish should I allot per person? 1 pound of smoked fish will typically feed about 4 people (4 ounces per person, at minimum – about 2 slices per bagel half).

How many people does a side of smoked salmon feed? ›

' Our hand sliced side serves approximately 15 people as a starter.

How much is a starter portion of smoked salmon? ›

If you are using smoked salmon as the focus of a main course we would suggest 100g per person and for canapés a 125g packet should make about 15 - 18 little bites on brown bread.

How many people does one salmon serve? ›

Most salmon fillets can feed three or four people.

How big of a salmon do I need for 8 people? ›

But cooking a whole side of salmon—a single fillet that weighs 4 to 5 pounds and serves upwards of eight people—demands different considerations than cooking individual fillets does.

What is a standard portion of salmon? ›

Normally, a serving of salmon weighs 2 or 3 ounces. A steak of salmon is parallel 2 servings, which weighs about 4 or 6 ounces. Depending on age, gender, and health condition, each person will have a different serving of salmon. For women, the amount of salmon they should eat daily is 5 ounces.

How much fish do I need for 11 people? ›

We recommend 1 lb. of raw fish per person when serving whole fish. We recommend 6-8 ounces raw weight per person when serving fish fillets and steaks. We recommend 8 ounces raw weight per person when serving various seafood items.

How much fish do you serve per person? ›

How big is one serving size of fish? A fish meal serving size is 8 ounces uncooked or about 6 ounces cooked for a 160-pound adult. If you weigh more or less than 160 pounds, add or subtract one ounce to your serving size for each 20-pound difference in body weight.

What fruit goes well with smoked salmon? ›

Summer fruit, melons and berries served with smoked salmon, sprinkled with a fresh mint/lemon zest/ cracked pepper mix and a yogurt-nutmeg dressing. You could even add some pecans for crunch. Serve with toasted bagels and you have a Sunday brunch that is made to impress.

How do you serve sliced smoked salmon? ›

To serve smoked salmon, try spreading some horseradish and cream cheese on it and then rolling it up into bite-size pieces. You can also serve smoked salmon on top of crackers, bread, cheese, and cucumber slices. It's also delicious if you mix it in with a salad or pair it with some sliced apples and pears.

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