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Delicious Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups

These Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups with just 3 ingredients are quick and easy to make. The combination of cream cheese, smoked salmon, and homemade baked tortilla cups creates a flavorful appetizer.

If you have leftover smoked salmon, consider trying our Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls or a light and refreshing Smoked Salmon Salad for a delightful appetizer.

Recipe Details

These simple Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups are not only delicious but also perfect for any gathering. Their handheld size makes them a crowd favorite, and they are a breeze to make.

  • TASTE: These Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups are bursting with smoky and tangy flavors from the cream cheese, making them a delightful treat.
  • TEXTURE: The crispy tortilla cup pairs perfectly with the creamy and rich salmon and cream cheese mixture, creating a mouthwatering combination.
  • TIME: You can whip up these appetizer cups in just 25 minutes.
  • EASE: With only 3 ingredients, this appetizer is incredibly simple to prepare, ensuring you can impress your guests with minimal effort.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups: flour tortillas, cream cheese, hot smoked salmon, and fresh dill.

Ingredient Notes

  • Smoked Salmon– Opt for hot smoked salmon for its intensified smoky flavor and flaky texture compared to cold smoked salmon.
  • Cream cheese– Use full-fat cream cheese at room temperature for the richest flavor and creamiest consistency.
  • Flour tortillas– Larger tortillas work best to cut out cup shapes for the appetizers.
  • Chopped fresh dill (optional)- Serve as a garnish for an extra pop of flavor.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  • Substitute mini phyllo cups- For a lighter texture, you can use phyllo cups instead of tortilla cups.
  • Add capers- Enhance the flavor by adding capers, which complement the salmon well.
  • Make them tangier- Replace some cream cheese with plain Greek yogurt for added tanginess and protein.
  • Add lemon- Brighten the dish with lemon zest and juice for a citrusy kick.

How to Make Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups

  • Mix the filling. Combine the smoked salmon and cream cheese in a bowl using an electric mixer.
Steps to make Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups: mix cream cheese and smoked salmon with an electric mixer.
  • Make the cups. Cut circles from the tortillas and place them in a mini muffin tin. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.

Pro Tip: Use a can as a guide to ensure tortilla cups fit perfectly in the mini muffin tin.

Steps to make Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups: use a can to mark tortilla circles before cutting with shears for baking in a mini muffin tin.
  • Add filling to a piping bag. Place a star piping tip in a pastry bag and fill it with the smoked salmon filling.
  • Pipe the filling into the cups. Fill each tortilla cup with the smoked salmon mixture and garnish with herbs of your choice.
Steps to make Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups: add the filling to a pastry bag and pipe it into cups.

Recipe Tips

  • Use softened cream cheese at room temperature– This ensures easy blending with the smoked salmon.
  • Cut cups with a guide- Use a biscuit cutter or can to mark circles on tortillas before cutting for uniform cup sizes.
  • Use kitchen shears- For precise cutting, use kitchen shears to follow the marked lines for the tortilla cups.
  • GarnishThese Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups are a delightful addition to any gathering. They are easily customizable with your favorite herbs for an attractive presentation. Chopped dill or chives are excellent choices for garnishing.

    ### FAQs

    **What cheese pairs well with smoked salmon?**
    Soft cheeses such as cream cheese, goat cheese, Neufchatel cheese, and brie complement the smoky flavor of salmon.

    **Should smoked salmon be served hot or cold?**
    These Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups can be enjoyed cold or at room temperature. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator due to the cream cheese in the filling.

    **Serving Suggestions**

    These appetizer cups are versatile and ideal for various occasions. You can pair them with Eggplant Appetizers, Mushroom Puff Pastry Appetizers, Teriyaki Chicken Wings, or a Smoked Salmon Appetizer (VIDEO) for appetizers. For salads, they go well with Smoked Salmon Salad, Strawberry Feta Spinach Salad, Broccoli Salad With Bacon and Cheese, or Spinach Salad. In terms of dips, they can be savored with chips and dip, like Crab Artichoke Dip, 7 Layer Taco Dip, Hot Artichoke Dip, or Easy BLT Dip. They are also a great accompaniment to sushi, such as Shrimp Tempura Roll, Salmon Skin Roll, Dynamite Roll, or Spicy Salmon Roll.

    ### Make This Recipe in Advance

    **Make ahead**: Prepare the filling and cups separately ahead of time. Keep the cooled cups in an airtight container at room temperature and the filling in a pastry bag in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble.

    **Storing**: Store the Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Note that the cups may soften over time, so it’s best to make only what you intend to consume.

    **Freezing**: While smoked salmon can be frozen, the cream cheese in the filling may not thaw well. It is recommended to make these appetizer cups fresh for the best texture.

    ### More Tasty Smoked Salmon Dishes

    For more delicious smoked salmon recipes, you can try Smoked Salmon Salad, Smoked Salmon Wrap, Smoked Salmon Appetizer (VIDEO), or Smoked Salmon Bagel.

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    ### Full Recipe Instructions

    **Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups**
    These 3-ingredient appetizer cups are effortlessly put together with cream cheese, smoked salmon, and baked tortilla cups. Enjoy these delightful treats at any gathering or party.

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    Course: Appetizer
    Prep Time:
    15 minutes
    Cook Time:
    10 minutes
    Total Time:
    25 minutes




    • 3
      hot smoked salmon

    • 8
      cream cheese
      room temp

    • 3
      large flour tortillas

    • fresh dill for garnish


    • Shred 3 oz of smoked salmon into a bowl. Using a handheld mixer blend in the softened cream cheese into the smoked salmon.
      The process to create Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cups involves mixing cream cheese and smoked salmon, cutting out circles from flour tortillas, baking them, filling them with the salmon and cream cheese mixture using a piping bag, and topping them with chopped dill.

      Nutrition information for these appetizer cups includes: Calories: 54 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 28mg | Vitamin A: 150 IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg.

      This recipe was first shared on Feb 14, 2015, with subsequent modifications.


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