Easy Appetizer: Salmon Mousse

My very talented sister-in-law, Kat, was THE caterer for our wedding. She is not a professional caterer (she has her PhD in social work), but she is a fantastic cook. I love eating anything she makes.

So when I finally accepted that it probably wasn’t a good idea for me to do all my wedding appetizers (this took a lot of convincing from my family), Kat was the first person I thought to ask.

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salmon mousse on a slice of cumcumber We collaborated on all the ideas for the food, but she really was the one who developed the recipes. Everything turned out SO amazing that I just have to share some of her creations here on the blog. First up, salmon mousse.

salmon mousse on top of slices of cumcumber I think I should mention that I actually don’t like salmon all that much. Sometimes it’s too fishy for me, I guess. But I’m so glad Kat thought to include salmon mousse on the menu that night, because it was delicious, simple and pretty substantial (filling) for an appetizer.

At the wedding, we served the mousse over mini toasts, but you can also serve it on cucumber slices for a lighter variation.

raw salmon, cut in half lemon, a boc of cream cheese, and herbs on a white platterSalmon Mouse, makes about 2 1/2 cups (lots of servings as an appetizer).

8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces smoked salmon
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
cayenne, salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, combine the first four ingredients listed and blend until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to start. Taste and add more cayenne, salt, or pepper as needed.

salmon mousse on slices of cucumber on a white platterServe cold over crackers, small toasts, bagel chips or cucumber slices. Top with a small piece of dill if you’re feeling fancy. 🙂 As you can see, this is super easy to make and can make food prep for a party a lot easier.

You can make this a day in advance and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. Looking for another easy appetizer idea? Try this creamy chicken dip.

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Salmon Mousse

An easy salmon mousse recipe to add to cucumbers, crackers, and more.
Servings 2.5 cups
Calories 384kcal
Author Emma Chapman


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces salmon smoked
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • cayenne salt and pepper to taste


  • In a food processor, combine the first four ingredients listed and blend until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to start. Taste and add more cayenne, salt or pepper as needed.
  • Serve cold over crackers, small toasts, bagel chips or cucumber slices. Top with a small piece of dill if you’re feeling fancy.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1237IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 0.5mg
  • My husband said after he tasted it…… OMG … I’m sure that recipe came from Paradise …. So lovely


    Many many thanks for sharing


  • Do you suppose that this would keep in the refrigerator for a week? This would make a wonderful Atkins-friendly snack as well.

    • Oh my gosh I had the same thought.
      I just started the Atkins diet and thought how delicious this appetizer would be a snack, flavorful, filling and healthy.
      So yummy!

  • Thanks for this easy, healthy snack!


  • amazing!


  • YUM, this sounds amazing!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • Hi, I make a cheaper alternative which is truly delicious. Just substitute the salmon for peppered mackerel fillets, just fleshed apart and add fresh flat leaf parsley. You don’t need to put the mix through a processor just mash it with a fork. This ‘pate’ always goes down a storm.

    Jean x

  • Seems so delicious!
    I will definitely try to make it because it’s very easy to make it and also look nice.


  • It seems so easy to make!
    Will try that recipe , it looks yummy .

  • yum! salmon cream cheese is one of my favorite things in the world (weird?), but this sounds so much more special and decadent.

  • Such a pretty appetizer! I love how easy it is to make

  • This looks BEYOND yummy looking! (Mind you, my favorite food is bagels and lox)!

    Dana Ivy
    www.iadorewhatilove.com – Check out my blog!

  • This is such a perfect recipe! It look absolutely delicious but quite simple to make, love it!

  • Soooo yummy!! I need to make it this week! ;))

    ❤ Jenny Tsang
    – New Post: Sun Sand Sea –

  • Sounds really delicious! I absolutely love salmon, so I will definitely try this recipe some time in the future!

  • yum! what a nice and light appetizer!! I always love the combination salmon and red beets, so I would probably add some beets into the cream cheese, which naturally would boost the color (not that it would need that) 🙂

  • Simple and delicious. This would make the perfect appetizer, no matter what the occasion.


  • This looks so yummy, salmon is my favorite type of fish, Ive never heard of salmon mousse before. I have to try this 🙂

  • I don’t love smoked salmon all that much either (salmon sashimi on the other hand I am obsessed with.. don’t ask me, I don’t know why), but these look great! The salmon/cream cheese/cucumber combo looks fantastic.

    Alex from www.polkadottedpixels.com

  • YUM! I love salmon mousse and I’m collecting appetizers to serve at an upcoming party. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    i just posted a recipe for zucchini chips that you might like! Yay for yummy veggie snacks 🙂

  • very creative, easy..I’ll try this 🙂
    thanks for sharing!

  • Yum!!! I love all-things salmon and I have all of those ingredients! I’m going to make this tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  • YUM, fancy but easy to make.


  • Brilliant idea for a appetizer, looks delicious!


  • yummy! reminds me of Downton Abbey 😉 I think they had salmon mousse in one of the episodes, haha
    xo, meg

  • I love salmon but have never been a fan of the mousse form either way Im going to try this you never know… xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Oh my goodness these look delicious! I love salmon and cucumbers so I think this recipe would be fun to try. My mom used to do Tuna on cucumbers. They look so pretty as well!

  • Oh yum! I love salmon, so this looks absolutely delicious! My wonderful mother, aunts, and cousins made all of the desserts for my wedding, which was SO fun. Handmade treats are the best!+

  • this is so smple yet amazing! pinning this for the future! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

  • i’ve always wondered if salmon mousse is any good. it sounded pretty weird to me but after seeing the ingredients i’m convinced! yummy! i’ll have to try it while i’m still living by the ocean 🙂

    xo bri

    • 5 stars
      If you don’t want it mushy, just stir the ingredients with a fork and it’ll taste really good!

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