This super easy snack can serve as an appetizer, a snack or even as a light lunch if you want. Salmon rolls with cream cheese.

Salmon rolls with cream cheese

Salmon rolls with cream cheese

There is something so easy about smoked salmon. It’s perfect for using on toast, as part of a meal, as part of salmon rolls and so much more. It is one of my favorite ingredients to use for a quick meal or snack. In this case I rolled them with some cream cheese and served it with a delicious dip on the side.

Making the salmon rolls could not be more straight forward. You can use cream cheese that comes with herbs inside or use fresh herbs to mix through the cream cheese. I prefer the latter as I can easily vary and add more and different herbs each time. My favorite tends to be chives. But you can also use something like oregano or basil for a different flavor.

Salmon rolls with cream cheese

Mixing and rolling

Once you’e mixed the cream cheese into a more or less smooth mixture you lay out all the slices of salmon on a piece of plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic is larger than the salmon slices as you need it to wrap the roll in once filled with the cream cheese.

Now you spread the cream cheese over the middle of the salmon slices. Leave a bit of space around the edges to prevent everything spilling out as soon as you start rolling. When you’ve spread it out you carefully roll the salmon length wise into a tight roll. Wrap the plastic around it as tightly as you can and place in the fridge for at least an hour to set.

You can easily make this roll in advance if you have guests over for snacks and drinks. The only thing left to do once they arrive is to cut the roll into pieces.

Salmon rolls with cream cheese

Making the dip

Now making the dip for the salmon rolls is not necessary but it is so good together, so I’d highly recommend using it. It takes a little bit of time as it needs to cook down a bit and then needs to cool. But if you’re resting your salmon rolls anyway, you have all the time you need to make the dip. The amount this recipe makes is probably more than you need but you can use the remainder of the dip for things like a dressing or whatever else you’d like to do with it.

Salmon rolls with cream cheese

Salmon rolls with cream cheese

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Nice and creamy salmon snack with homemade spicy dipsauce from ginger and chili.
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Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes

4 people


For the salmon rolls

  • 200 gr smoked salmon sliced
  • 100 gr cream cheese with herbs or just take natural cream cheese and add fresh herbs to taste
  • 1 avocado sliced in thin strips
  • 2 tbsp chives finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

For the sauce

  • 120 ml Water
  • 120 ml Mirin or white wine vinegar
  • ½ Red chili sliced
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger finely chopped


  • Take a bowl and mix the cream cheese with 1 tbsp chopped chives (or any other herbs you like). Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Take some cling film and lay the slices of salmon on it. Let the salmon slices slighty overlap each other. On the salmon spread a thick layer of the cream cheese filling and finish off with the avocado strips in the center.
  • Roll up the salmon like a wrap and let it set for at least one hour in the fridge.
  • Put a small pan on the stove and add all ingredients for the sauce. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for another five minutes on low fire. Then turn off the fire and let the sauce cool down.
  • When the salmon rolls have set, cut them in slices of ± 2 cm (roughly one inch) thick.
  • Serve these rolls on a big plate with a cup of the ginger chili sauce in the centre or ont the side for dipping.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 673IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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I left the little pest behind poutlipped while I entered my house with the Salmon pokemon. Just his luck, haha! I made myself some nice salmonrolls from this cartoonlike salmon.
And to spice things up a little I concocted a tasty ginger and chili sauce to go with the salmon.
Ofcourse I invited the little Pokemon hunter to join me in a tasting of his freshly caught Pokemon salmon.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist