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Smokey's Cat Food (Cold Salmon Spread)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"This is a simple recipe for salmon dip and spread that I've been making for years, and it always gets requested for social gatherings. Always enjoyed by my fishing buddies, it gained its nickname of 'cat food.' Serve with crisp crackers like rusks, canapes or melba toast."
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15 m servings 34
Original recipe yields 40 servings (0 cups)


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  1. Drain the salmon, remove bones and pieces of skin, and place the salmon into a bowl. Flake the salmon apart with a fork. Stir in onion, lemon juice, horseradish, and salt until mixture is well combined. Stir in smoked salmon cream cheese spread, a few spoonfuls at a time, until the spread is very well combined. Pack into a serving container, and sprinkle with parsley to serve.


  • Cook's Note
  • The key to this recipe is in the quantity of lemon juice and horseradish. I sometimes use beet horseradish to augment its color, or jalapeno horseradish for those who don't mind a bit of zip.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 34 calories; 2.2 0.7 2.9 10 138 Full nutrition

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Needing to make a Holiday dip and NOT wanting to go to the store - I made this with some modifications. One can of salmon, 8 oz of regular cream cheese, green onions (4). A squirt of lime juic...

Thanks for sharing, Smokey! I've made this twice with canned salmon, and last weekend I made it with fresh salmon, which I cooked and cooled. It is excellent both ways! I prefer using cooled s...

Good low-carb recipe.. Made with 8 oz. regular cream cheese.. couple of drops of liquid smoke gave it that "smoked salmon" taste.. We ate this on celery and cucumbers.. My husband enjoyed it..Th...

I only used 1 can of salmon, most of my friends don't like fish but loved it

This recipe is a keeper! Made a few modifications: used the 14 oz can of pink salmon, 1/2 a small tub of good smoked salmon cream cheese, a few drops liquid smoke, 1 tbsp horseradish, lemon juic...

Yum yum yum! Because I'm pregnant I try to stay away from tuna, and have been trying to find ways to use canned salmon. This is a winner in my book. Next I might try to find a way to make it a s...

I love smoked salmon! This is a nice change from traditional smoked salmon with cream cheese on crackers. I also like the fact that this is a much more reasonable way of getting those flavors. P...

Had no salmon cream cheese on hand, but did have regular cream cheese (whipped) and liquid smoke. I think it would have been delectable had I used less liquid smoke. It was ok otherwise. I ga...

Loved it. Had a can of salmon in my cabinet that had been there forever. Didn't really know how to use it, so I tried this. Now if it wasn't for the cost of canned salmon I would be making this ...