A delicious salmon club sandwich with cream cheese. Very easy to make and slightly different from the classic club sandwich!

salmon club sandwich

Club sandwich with salmon

Have you ever thought about what a club sandwich is? Everyone knows the name and most people know what it is, but where does it actually come from? Some detective work reveals that no one actually knows exactly. 

Some say the name comes from an upscale gentlemen’s club that invented the sandwich in the late 19th century; others say it comes from a man who came home late at night and made the sandwich there with the leftover bacon, chicken and mayonnaise in his refrigerator.

In the end it doesn’t really matter where it comes from. The important thing is that it’s just really tasty! I already have a tasty recipe with the regular club sandwich but I was still missing a salmon club sandwich. I vary the toppings depending on what I have left in the fridge at the time. In this case I had a bag of spinach and it tastes great with this. Nice and fresh with the cucumber, crunchy with the raw spinach and creamy with the salmon and cream cheese. You could also add a boiled egg on top if you like. instead of the spinach you can add some lettuce leaf as well or instead. 

In addition to the above the salmon club sandwich will also be really tasty if you add some red onion to it.

Smoked salmon

The club sandwich with salmon can be made with smoked salmon as I have done here, but you can also choose to fry a slice of salmon fillet and put that in between. There is something to be said for both ways. I spice up the cream cheese by adding horseradish. I love horseradish, it gives it a spicy touch, but simply adding some chopped chives or other fresh herbs it definitely a good option too. To make it a bit fresher add some lemon zest to it.

Salmon club sandwich

Summer version

I tend to go for the salmon club sandwich in the summer and the classic one in autumn or winter. Which is maybe weird, because you can definitely eat either year round. This salmon recipe just feels a little lighter which is why I tend to go for this in summer.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have to toast the bread for the club sandwich?

​There are no strict rules for toasting or not toasting the bread slices. I like to do so as it makes the bread stay fresher and crispy for longer. The juices don’t soak into the bread as much once it is toasted. So I would recommend toasting your bread but it’s not a must. Another not so strict rule is what kind of bread to use. I like to use white bread but you can add any kind of bread you like. I’ve even had situation where I got served a club sandwich on a french baguette. Which was delicious but maybe not so much what you would expect of a salmon sandwich.

Can I put other fish on the club sandwich? 

You certainly can. It is also delicious with mackerel or trout fillets.  You could even make it with canned fish and combine the fish with – for instance – sour cream to bring it together. 

How do I make the salmon club sandwich?

To make the club sandwich with salmon, I first toast all 3 slices of bread. Then I spread the first slice with quite a bit of cream cheese. The next sandwich is topped with smoked salmon and I end with the remaining slice of toast topped with spinach. You can also add some cream cheese to the latter if you like.

Another great addition to this club sandwich would be slices of bacon or a fresh lemon mayo as that would work really well with the salmon. Slices of tomato would also be delicious to add as well as a bit of rocket.

Looking for a delicious vegan version of a good sandwich? Check out the tempeh sandwich.

salmon club sandwich

Salmon club sandwich

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Simple and delicious; a club sandwich with salmon and cream cheese
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes

2 people


  • 100 gr smoked salmon
  • 50 gr cream cheese
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cucumber in ribbons
  • 6 slices of good toasted bread

  • Mix the cream cheese with the horseradish and finely chopped chives. Stir this well and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Spread 4 of the six slices of bread with the cream cheese mixture. Top two slices of bread with the salmon and the other two with the spinach leaves.
  • On top of the salmon, place the cucumber ribbons and then the sandwich with the spinach goes on top again. Cover with the last sandwich and cut in half if necessary. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 566IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 4mg


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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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