Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball

Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball

Serves: 12 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball


  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 ounces smoked salmon, or regular salmon plus 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (chives, parsley, dill, etc), chopped


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When it comes to picking a favorite meal, there are plenty of fishes in the sea. However, there is only one perfect yummy dip, highly rich in protein to pick as a party favorite - the smoked salmon cheese ball. If you don’t love this appetizer, something must be fishy!

Every ingredient adds an extra flavor that makes the dish irresistible – the smoked salmon has a sumptuous flavor while the cheese makes it creamy and soft, the pecans complete it with the perfect crunchiness it needs, the red onions and the lemon pepper season supplement the delicious flavor of the salmon, and the sour cream is just a nice complement to the cheese. It is easy to make ahead and retains its flavor when served the second day. Who doesn’t love an appetizer that’s both tasty and attractive?

One look is enough to start drooling. If you have a party, make sure you make enough because your guests are not going to be pleased when you run out of this mouth-watering appetizer. Get prepared to get addicted after one taste of this cheese ball. The smoked salmon cheese ball recipe is simple and gets done in 10 minutes. All you need to make this yummy appetizer is a mix of cream cheese, smoked salmon, sour cream, red onion, lemon pepper seasoning, pecans, and fresh herbs. You don’t have to be alarmed if you can’t place your hands on smoked salmon. An easy hack is to add to your mixture, a teaspoon of liquid smoke. Also, when you get to the food store, you may be torn between buying either fresh or canned salmon. You can use any of the two depending on its availability and your preference.

This appetizer is best served with veggie slices or crackers but can also be served with sliced cucumber or sliced carrots. You can store the leftovers cheese balls in a fridge but it is not advisable to freeze a salmon cheese ball because the cheese can dry out after it is frozen.

  1. Get a medium-sized bowl, add the salmon, cream cheese, lemon pepper, sour cream, red onion, and mix with the hands.
  2. Roll the mixture in your hands to form a ball. If the cheese is too soft, allow it to get chilled to firm up.
  3. Mix the pecans and fresh herbs in another bowl. Spread the mixture on a plate, wax paper, or chopping board. Roll the cheese ball into the pecan mixture until the outer layer is entirely coated.