Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

/// April 13th, 2014

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites Livened up with a zingy horseradish and dill cream cheese, these simple yet fancy smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites are crunchy, creamy finger food food perfection! You’re going to just love them!

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites Last night we hosted the last dinner party we’ll probably ever have in our current apartment. We’re moving days after we return from Italy – but we’ll still be Brooklyn babes. Just in our very own apartment. No more roommates! Hooray! It feels like such an accomplishment. A dream.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

The party itself was small and intimate. It was one of those nights full of precious friends, good food, and lots of laughter. These are the moments. The ones that slip by too quickly.

I made all of the food, which was fun for me, of course. And judging from the leftovers, everyone else enjoyed the spread too 😉 I made a banana cream pie that I will be remaking for you guys this week. It was so lovely, and now that I’m thinking about it… I wish there were some left. This girl could use a snack. Good thing I have some of these smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites hiding close by!

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites I made these cucumber bites as a light appetizer, and they were a smash hit. For me, and them. I love to host parties, but hate letting myself get overwhelmed with complicated, messy recipes that leave me frazzled. and my kitchen a f*#king mess. Simple is much better. And the fact that these pretty little bites take less than 10 minutes makes them way attractive from a hosts perspective. Also, my friends said they were way delicious. So high five/ WIN.

Smoked Salmon and Crean Cheese Cucumber Bites These would also be great for Easter/ Mother’s Day/ or a brunch party! They’re a great for an appetizer spread, because they’re nice and light. Meaning you’re guests will actually have room for the main meal. Also, you can leave the horseradish and/or dill out of the cream cheese if you want a more subtle bite. I think a little dash of lemon zest would be lovely, too. Play around with it! xoxo

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites After receiving more than a few inquiries about the toothpicks used in the photos for this post, I hunted them down for you! These wooden mini-forks are cute and strong and perfect for parties!

Smoked Salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 40 bites

Serving Size: 3 bites per person


  • 2 English Cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1" rounds
  • 1 pound smoked salmon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • (1) 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Horseradish (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional
  • Toothpicks or tiny party forks


  1. Peel cucumbers and slice them into 1" circles. Arrange on a platter as desired. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the cream cheese.
  2. Place cream cheese, dill, horseradish, and cream in a large bowl. Beat until well combined (a handheld mixer really helps here.)
  3. Spread 1 teaspoon of cream cheese on top each cucumber slice (more or less to taste), then top each slice with a bite sized piece of smoked salmon. Insert a toothpick down the center to keep in place.
  4. Serve at once, or keep in the refrigerator until needed.


*I recommend making these as close to the serving time as possible.

You may also enjoy:

Smoked Salmon Frittata

Smoked Salmon Frittata

40 thoughts on “Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

  1. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    I love quick and easy, yet elegant, appetizers like this one. The combo of cucumber, smoked salmon and dill always a winner — and the addition of horseradish is a great idea. Sounds like the party was a big hit! I hope the move goes smoothly when the time comes.

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  7. Shirene Bell

    I love this idea! I was just wondering how many bites did one recipe make? I’m thinking of making these for my birthday party along with other bites.

      1. Emily

        Hello, just came across the yummy looking recipe on Pinterest! Was a little confused by the servings it yields – the top of the page says 40 bites but in your reply to the question you say it makes 12 bites. Planning on serving these at a birthday brunch and and just trying to figure out how much stuff to buy! Thanks! :)

  8. Mindy

    I just made these for a company Christmas party I hosted at my house. They were a hit! I left out the horseradish, though. I used a mini Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out the cucumbers and they were so cute! I used a pastry bag with a swirly tip for the cream cheese, but was overkill. Couldn’t see the design, but it made assembling them quicker. Definitely one of the hits of the food I prepared. Thanks!

  9. Samantha

    Hi Ashley, Love the cute idea. I’m admin for a FB page called ChasseurAUNZ. Would love to share the image, with a link back to Baker by Nature and credits. If you’d rather I don’t share just let me know, happy to take it down.


  10. Melissa Bean

    Wondering if I can throw the salmon in with the cheese mix and then pipe it all on the cucumber making it even easier (depending on my pipe skills!)…might give that a try today and let you know. Looks like a great recipe! Thanks.

  11. Meera

    Wondering if I can just use those soft whipped cream cheese dips instead of having to whip cream cheese and heavy cream?

  12. Kim FOster

    I’m wondering why these cant be made ahead. I’d like to make these for a party this Sunday. Was hoping to make them on Saturday. Do you think that would work?

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Kim. Once you slice a cucumber it will start to get soft and loose moisture. This will make the cream cheese soggy. I don’t recommend making them more than 4 hours in advance.

  13. Dawn

    Made these for a ladies brunch, and they were a HUGE hit – the first thing to disappear. This recipe worked for me as there were several ladies with restricted diets (diabetics, gluten intolerance, low carb, etc.). They were so simple to prepare, elegant, but most important of all, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks for sharing this lovely little recipe.


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