Smokey's Cat Food (Cold Salmon Spread) Recipe -
Smokey's Cat Food (Cold Salmon Spread) Recipe
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Smokey's Cat Food (Cold Salmon Spread)

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"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 mins

    15 mins


  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.
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  • 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.

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Apr 06, 2010

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 juice in plastic lime. Upped the horseradish to 1T and added liquid smoke (to taste). YUMM-YUM

Mar 04, 2010

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 salmon fillets (easier than picking out all the bones from the canned variety and the skin kind of puts me off) Use fresh lemon juice and as much horseradish as you like. Enjoy!


14 Ratings

Feb 24, 2011

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..Thanks

Mar 09, 2010

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

May 10, 2010

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 salad for a sandwich. Thanks for sharing this!

Mar 20, 2013

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 juice and 3 finely chopped green onions. Also added some dried dill, a few shakes worchestershire sauce and a few shakes tabasco. Added a tiny amount of salt. The key is letting it sit in the fridge for at least a couple hours to let the flavors marry a bit. Served on Wasa rye crispbread. I will be making this for all my get-together from now on! :)

Mar 16, 2011

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. Philly makes a salmon cream cheese in a tub. Although not labeled smoked salmon it does contain smoke in it.

Jan 11, 2011

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 gave it a 4 stars based on what I think it would have tasted like with the salmon cream cheese... will update next party opportunity.


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  • Calories
  • 34 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.7 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 138 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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