Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

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Smoked salmon tea sandwiches are a popular savory served at afternoon tea that can be made at home with only 5 ingredients. These pretty and dainty sandwiches are perfectly salty, creamy, and tangy!

Close up of Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches held together by cocktail fork.

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Easy Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Smoked salmon tea sandwiches are a quintessential part of the afternoon tea experience. The bite-sized sandwiches are a delight to eat and easy to recreate at home.

All you need to do is mix up a smoked salmon spread, cut sandwich bread with a cookie cutter, and assemble. There’s no cooking involved at all! The sandwiches are salty from the salmon with a slight tang from the cream cheese and lemon juice. Dill also adds a nice herbaceous touch.

Enjoy the sandwiches with a cup of your favorite hot tea or serve as an appetizer at bridal showers, baby showers, and other parties.

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Recipe Highlights

  • These smoked salmon tea sandwiches are made with 5 ingredients, including wheat bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, and lemon juice.
  • No cooking is required, just prepping and assembling.
  • The recipe makes 4 tea sandwiches for 2 people, but you can easily scale up to make a bigger batch for a group.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches.
  • Wheat bread: Soft sandwich bread is the key to a good tea sandwich. Very Thin wheat bread from Pepperidge Farm is recommended but you can use any wheat or thin bread as long as it’s not too thick.
  • Smoked salmon: Use pre-sliced smoked salmon from the supermarket.
  • Cream cheese: Give the cream cheese some time to soften so it’s easy to combine with the other ingredients. Avoid whipped cream cheese, which is not as creamy as regular cream cheese.
  • Dill: Fresh dill is very aromatic and has a strong scent. Look for a bunch that has feathery, bright green leaves and avoid any that is yellow and wilting.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice adds brightness to the tea sandwich.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and dill in a white bowl.

Step 1: Put smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, and lemon juice in a bowl. Gently mix.

Cutting circles out of the bread using a round cookie cutter.

Step 2: Cut the bread into circles with a 2″ cookie cutter.

Making a smoked salmon tea sandwich.

Step 3: Assemble sandwiches.

Spread a thin layer of the salmon mixture on top of a slice of bread.

Bread cut into circles with layers of smoked salmon spread.

Step 4: Repeat once more to make a second layer.

Skewer together with a sprig of fresh dill using a cocktail fork.

Bread cut into circles with layers of smoked salmon spread.

Step 5: Top with a final slice of bread.

Bread cut into circles with layers of smoked salmon spread skewered with cocktail fork and fresh dill.

Step 6: Skewer together with a sprig of fresh dill using a cocktail fork.

Recipe Notes

Cut the salmon into bite-sized pieces.

Slice the fish into small pieces to make sure you get smoked salmon with every bite. Cut against the grain for better texture. Using tiny pieces will also make it easier to combine and coat the salmon thoroughly in the cream cheese.

For cleanest cuts, freeze the bread.

Frozen bread holds its shape better than room temperature bread so you’ll get nicer edges with less crumbs.

Enjoy tea sandwiches at room temperature.

Tea sandwiches are traditionally served at room temperature, not cold so they’re best when made right before tea time. If you plan on prepping them in advance, remove the sandwiches from the fridge 15 minutes early.

Make sandwiches ahead of time.

Mix together the filling and cut the circles of bread if you want to get some of the prep done early.

You can also assemble them ahead of time. To store, loosely cover the tea sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel and place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Make sure the damp paper towel doesn’t touch the sandwiches.

Another tip is to spread a thin layer of butter on the sides of the bread that touches the salmon spread to keep the bread from getting soggy.

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Expert Tips

  • Tea sandwiches don’t usually include crusts, so be sure to cut those off.
  • You can use cookie cutters in other shapes, but simple ones work best.
  • Dill and smoked salmon are a classic pairing, but you can use substitute green herb such as parsley or scallions if you prefer. The flavor profile will be different.
  • White bread also works in place of wheat bread as long as it’s a thin one.
  • To extend the life of leftover dill, wash and wrap in a damp paper towel, then place a zip-top bag or airtight container and store in the fridge.

Questions You May Have

What’s the best tea to drink with smoked salmon tea sandwiches?

Smoked salmon tea sandwiches pair best with black tea. English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey are both great options as part of an afternoon tea spread.

Is there a difference between lox and smoked salmon?

While both are made with salmon, there is a slight difference between the two. Lox is salmon that’s cured in a salty spice blend. Smoked salmon is, as its name suggests, typically cured, then smoked to give the fish its distinct aroma and flavor.

What is the best bread for tea sandwiches?

Any soft, thin sandwich bread will work nicely for tea sandwiches. These smoked salmon tea sandwiches are made with whole wheat bread but you can also use white bread.

What are some classic tea sandwich combinations?

Along with smoked salmon tea sandwiches, other classic ones that are often served at afternoon tea include cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, egg salad tea sandwiches, and roast beef and watercress tea sandwiches.

Close up of Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches held together by cocktail fork.

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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

By: Jee Choe
Smoked salmon tea sandwiches are a quintessential afternoon tea snack that can be made at home with only 5 ingredients.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons chopped smoked salmon, (about 2 slices)
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, (plus more for garnish)
  • 12 slices wheat bread, (thin)

Instructions 

  • Make the filling.
    In a bowl, mix the smoked salmon, cream cheese, lemon juice, and dill together and set aside.
  • Cut circles out of the bread.
    Use a 2" cookie cutter to cut a circle out of the sandwich bread. Cut 12 circles out of the bread. Avoid the cutting the crust.
  • Assemble the tea sandwich.
    Spread a thin layer of the smoked salmon mixture onto one side of the bread. Place a second slice of bread on top and spread another thin layer of salmon. Cover with a third slice of bread. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill and skewer with a cocktail fork.
  • Repeat until you make 4 tea sandwiches.

Notes

  • Very Thin wheat bread from Pepperidge Farm is recommended but you can use any wheat or thin bread as long as it’s not too thick. 
  • Use pre-sliced smoked salmon from the supermarket.
  • Give the cream cheese some time to soften so it’s easy to combine with the other ingredients. Avoid whipped cream cheese, which is not as creamy as regular cream cheese.
  • Cut the salmon into bite-sized pieces. Slice the fish into small pieces to make sure you get smoked salmon with every bite. Cut against the grain for better texture. Using tiny pieces will also make it easier to combine and coat the salmon thoroughly in the cream cheese.
  • For cleanest cuts, freeze the bread. Frozen bread holds its shape better than room temperature bread so you’ll get nicer edges with less crumbs.
  • Enjoy tea sandwiches at room temperature. Tea sandwiches are traditionally served at room temperature, not cold so they’re best when made right before tea time. If you plan on prepping them in advance, remove the sandwiches from the fridge 15 minutes early.
  • Mix together the filling and cut the circles of bread if you want to get some of the prep done early. You can also assemble them ahead of time. To store, loosely cover the tea sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel and place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Make sure the damp paper towel doesn’t touch the sandwiches. Another tip is to spread a thin layer of butter on the sides of the bread that touches the salmon spread to keep the bread from getting soggy.

Nutrition

Calories: 55Carbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: American
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About Jee Choe

Welcome! I'm a certified Tea Sommelier and a self-proclaimed bubble tea and iced tea master. I'm all about making tea EASY and DELICIOUS.

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