Smoked Salmon Canapés (in 10 minutes or less)

Get the quick and easy recipe for smoked salmon canapés that are perfect for any party. Put them together in around 10 minutes for the perfect French appetizer with a touch of elegance.
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This Recipe includes

fish Smoked salmon
toasts Blinis or mini toasts
cream Fromage blanc or cream cheese
lemon Lemon juice

Why we love it

If you are looking for a quick and easy french appetizer, smoked salmon canapés certainly fit the bill. You can put them together in around 10 minutes, and they will immediately add a touch of elegance to your party or gathering.

The trickiest part of the smoked salmon canapé is getting the blinis warm enough to serve, without melting the cream cheese and cooking the salmon.

As an alternative to blinis, you can all use small squares of rye bread, or sliced cucumbers as a base.

For the cheese, I typically use fromage blanc, but any sort of cream cheese, such as Philadelphia, will do.

What drinks to serve with the canapés?

Champagne or a Kir is lovely with these canapés. If you prefer a cheaper option to champagne, try a Crémant de Loire.

It is a sparkling wine with a similar production process to champagne and proscecco, which can be significantly cheaper. You can see here for a full list of French apéritifs.


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Smoked Salmon Canapés Recipe

Nassie Angadi
Smoked salmon canapés are an easy appetizer that both the host and party-goers will enjoy!
4.30 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Appetizers and Starters
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 633 kcal


  • 16 blinis
  • 1 tup of fromage blanc or cream cheese
  • 5-6 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • Arrange the blinis on a microwavable plate and microwave for 40 seconds.
  • Using a teaspoon, scoop out a portion of cream cheese and place it on each blini.
  • Sprinkle a bit of fresh pepper onto each blini on top of the cream cheese.
  • Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces.
  • Place the small ribbons of smoked salmon onto each blini, on top of the cream cheese.
  • Sprinkle each canapé with a little bit of lemon juice.
  • Microwave the blinis again for 30 seconds, and serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 633kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 45gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 305mgSodium: 3080mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

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