Impress party guests with this easy and elegant smoked salmon platter. Assemble everything you see here in just 15 minutes, for a brunch buffet or cocktail party.

White table and cutting board topped with smoked salmon and garnishes like cucumber, capers, vegetables, cream cheese, bread and crackers.

Nothing makes my eyes light up at a party like seeing a big spread of appetizers. There’s a reason New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite days, and it’s definitely the savory baked brie, jarcuterie and other New Year’s Eve food!

My absolute favorite kind of appetizer spread? The kind that you get to assemble yourself, like my DIY elote cup bar. And if your group of friends and family is anything like mine, everybody has different tastes.

Some people don’t like onions, others can’t get enough. Somebody hates tomatoes, whereas I make my Detroit style pizza recipe with pickled tomato sauce.

I think we can all agree that lots of options never hurt anybody, and that’s what I’m giving you today with this smoked salmon platter!

Closeup on sliced smoked salmon, chopped eggs, dill, tomatoes, cucumbers and lemon wedges.

How to serve smoked salmon:

First of all, you want to buy a good quality smoked salmon for this smoked salmon platter. If you have a local bagel shop that makes their own smoked salmon or lox, you’re probably in for a treat.

FYI – Smoked salmon is cured or brined, then smoked. Lox is cured, but not smoked. They’re slightly different, but either one will work on this salmon platter.

You can also ask the seafood person at your grocery store for the best quality smoked salmon or lox that they have (and also pick up some fresh salmon for a grilled sockeye salmon dinner another day). You can even order it online these days, if you want. If you end up with any extra after serving your smoked salmon appetizer platter, I recommend a smoked salmon BLT.

For the best flavor, let the smoked salmon come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve this smoked salmon appetizer with forks or a small pair of tongs so that people can pick up the delicate slices.

Pumpernickel crostini topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, radishes and hard boiled egg.

What to eat with smoked salmon:

There are so many good flavor pairings with smoked salmon! My favorites, that I’ve included on this smoked salmon platter, are:

  • Cream cheese – I like the whipped kind, it’s easier to spread!
  • Sour cream – another “creamy” option besides cream cheese.
  • Red onion – chopped or thinly sliced red onion adds such a pretty purple color to the platter.
  • Chives – these grow like crazy in my garden, so I always have them around!
  • Capers – I love the salty, briny bite of these.
  • Hard boiled eggs – I served them chopped on this board, but you can also serve them simply cut in half.
  • Tomatoes – I chopped up some grape tomatoes. You can also serve thin slices of Roma tomato with this smoked salmon appetizer.
  • Dill sprigs – smoked salmon and fresh dill is a classic flavor pairing!
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning – I sprinkle this on smoked salmon in my cottage cheese breakfast bowls, too.
  • Water crackers – Or whatever kinds of crackers you like. Water crackers are a blank slate for other flavors.
  • Toasted pumpernickel bread – or rye or baguette slices.
  • Lemon wedges – I can’t ever serve fish without lemon!
  • Sliced cucumbers – I also use cukes to make smoked salmon crostini.
  • Sliced radishes – they’re not everybody’s cup of tea, but I love their sharp, peppery bite.

Other items that are delicious to include on a smoked salmon appetizer platter:

  • Crème fraîche (which is just a really fancy sour cream)
  • Caviar – also fancy!
  • Bagels or mini bagels – because I can never resist a bagel and lox.
  • Pickled red onions – even tastier than fresh, in my opinion!
  • Avocado – I love avocado paired with smoked salmon in sushi rolls, or just on a cracker!
  • Fresh fruit, like berries or grapes – just for snacking on alongside the salmon.
A party spread featuring a smoked salmon platter and pumpernickel bread.

Serve this lox platter as a make-ahead breakfast board or an appetizer!

This smoked salmon platter is just as easily at home as part of a brunch buffet, as it is in the evening as an appetizer at a cocktail party.

And the best part about this smoked salmon appetizer platter is that most of the elements that require any sort of preparation can be made in advance.

Eggs can be hard boiled the night before and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to serve this smoked salmon appetizer. Onions, cucumbers and radishes can all be sliced and chopped and refrigerated as well.

All that’s left to do right before serving this smoked salmon breakfast is arrange it all on a big platter. That should only take about 15 minutes, but nobody will ever guess you pulled this lox platter together that fast. That’s my kind of entertaining.

An appetizer platter with sliced lox, hard boiled egg, sliced cucumbers, chopped tomato, dill and brown bread.

What to serve with a smoked salmon platter:

If you’re serving a smoked salmon breakfast, I’d recommend rounding out the spread with something sweet like lemon poppyseed mini cornbread muffins or fruit and cheese kabobs with croissant croutons.

And of course you’ll want a brunch cocktail like a bloody mary (use some of the everything bagel seasoning as bloody mary rim salt) to go with this lox platter.

If you’re serving a smoked salmon appetizer platter as part of a spread at an evening cocktail party, you can round out the buffet table with prosciutto and cheese pinwheels and phyllo cup appetizers.

Add a round of cherry and prosecco spritzes, and you’re ready for a toast!

More great party platters:

I can and have come up with a platter idea for any time of day, and any holiday or occasion. Some of my favorites are listed below.

White table and cutting board topped with smoked salmon and garnishes like cucumber, capers, vegetables, cream cheese, bread and crackers.

Smoked Salmon Platter

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Impress party guests with this easy and elegant smoked salmon platter. Assemble everything you see here in just 15 minutes, for a brunch buffet or cocktail party.

Ingredients

  • Smoked salmon
  • Assorted crackers
  • Toasted pumpernickel bread
  • Chopped hard boiled eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Capers
  • Chopped red onion
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced radishes
  • Lemon wedges
  • Dill sprigs
  • Chives
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning Mix

Instructions

  1. Assemble everything on a large platter and let guests assemble their own crostini.

Notes

Home Chef Tip: Is the flavor of raw red onions too strong for you? See my "How To Tame An Onion's Bite" Culinary School Lesson for a secret for making them less strong.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1871mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is for 2 ounces smoked salmon, 4 crackers, 1 slice of bread, 1/2 hard boiled egg, and a variety of garnishes.

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