Canapés with Smoked Salmon

close up of smoked salmon canapes

Canapés with Smoked Salmon are always on my list for entertaining. In France a canapé is a cold appetiser or hors d’oeuvre, a one or two bite morsel of deliciousness that might be offered to you at a cocktail party. For me, it translates to a plate of eye-catching temptations that are served in the kitchen before dinner with a glass of something cold and fizzy. Equally, these are great at any party or buffet or as a personal celebration. Best of all, these canapes take only a few ingredients and are really simple to make.

What are the ingredients?

A canapé is traditionally a bread or pastry base with a topping. The easiest way is to use bread and make a croustade, which is literally a crust which could be pastry or bread in origin. I have used a plain brown bread but anything pre-sliced that you normally have will work. You will need butter to set the shape of the croustades in the oven.

For the filling I have used crème fraîche, fresh dill, smoked salmon and lemon juice.

What other toppings can I use?

You can use soured cream, cream cheese, quark or fat free Greek yogurt as a base for your canapes.

For fish canapés use tinned salmon, tuna or crab well drained.Try small prawns, smoked mackerel or cured salmon too.

For a vegetarian option try sliced mushrooms and tarragon, chopped cucumber and mint or Carrot and Celeriac Remoulade.

And for meat eaters, mix cold beef with horseradish and cold chicken with tarragon. Chicken is fantastic mixed with a little garam masala and mango chutney.

What garnishes are best for canapes?

Pieces of cucumber, dill, lemon, and capers work best for fish dishes.

Try fresh herbs such as tarragon, mint, chives or coriander (cilantro).

How to make the croustades and canapés

Making the croustades is easy if you have a mini muffin pan.

Start by rolling the bread out as thin as possible then cut out 12 rounds with a plain cutter 5.5-6cm in diameter. Sometimes it’s easier to get the bread really thin if you cut the crusts off first.

slices of bread with circles cut out

Melt the butter and use a pastry brush to cover both sides with butter before pushing the bread into the pan.

bread in a mini muffin pan

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C or gas mark 5 for about 20 minutes until crisp.

In the meantime prepare the filling. Start by chopping  100g of the smoked salmon finely.

chopped smoked salmon

Mix the smoked salmon with the lemon juice, chopped dill and crème fraîche. Check the seasoning. You might like to add some ground black pepper.

Spoon into the croustades and garnish with a sprig of dill and the remaining salmon.

overhead picture of smoked salmon canapes

How to store

The croustades will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks or they could be bagged and frozen.

Once the croustades have  been filled they will stay crisp for about 3 hours but I would recommend that they are eaten the same day. Trust me, you won’t have any leftovers!smoked salmon canapes

Other appetisers and canapés to try

close up of smoked salmon canapes

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Easy appetiser dish of croustades filled with a creamy smoked salmon and dill mixture.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: canapes, croustades, smoked salmon
Servings: 12
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Amanda


  • g butter
  • 4 slices brown bread
  • 120 g smoked salmon
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill and extra for garnish
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Roll the bread and cut 12 5.5cm rounds.
  • Melt the butter and coat both sides.
  • Lay in the tart tins and push down.
  • Bake for 20 mins at 180 C, Gas 5.
  • Chop 100g of the salmon finely and mix with creme fraiche and dill.
  • Fill the croustades and garnish with remaining salmon and a sprig of dill


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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14 thoughts on “Canapés with Smoked Salmon

  1. This is so smart! I serve so much smoked salmon when I entertain, but I’ve never thought to make these little cups! They’re so sweet!

  2. 5 stars
    This was fabulous! So easy to make and had a wonderful flavor! Will definitely make again!

  3. I love, love, love smoked salmon. It is one of my favourite foods. These will be fabulous to make at sometime in the future when we are able to entertain again!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m seriously loving these canapes recipe with smoked salmon. My favorite part is how you made little cups out of sandwich bread. Such a great idea.

  5. 5 stars
    We love to have appetizers for dinner with a nice bottle of wine. Next time I will make these with a nice chardonnay to go with my cheeses!

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