This quick and easy Low Carb appetizer is elegant and tasty! These are perfect to serve at your next special occasion party or holiday dinner.
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If you need an appetizer that doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare, give these a try! Salmon and cream cheese are one of the great flavor combinations. An added punch of dill and lemon are also pretty classic with salmon recipes, like Baked Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce!
You can give them an elegant touch by piping the cream cheese mixture with a piping tip and top with a single caper. You can also sprinkle some more dill over the tops to dress them up even more.
These salmon cucumber bites also make a great easy Low Carb make ahead appetizer! You can prepare everything in advance and store in an airtight container a day before you’ll be serving them, to save on time!
Ingredients Needed to Make Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
- English cucumber
- Smoked salmon
- Cream cheese
- Heavy cream
- Lemon juice and zest
- Garlic Salt
- Dried Dill
- Optional: Capers
How to Make Keto Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
Cut the cucumber into 20 slices. Then cut the salmon into 20 strips.
Fold each piece of salmon in thirds and place on top of each cucumber slice.
In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, heavy cream, garlic salt, dill, lemon juice and zest, then whip using a Hand Mixer until well combined.
Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice. Alternatively, you can use a ziplock baggie and cut off the tip.
Pipe out the mixture over the top of each piece of salmon.
Optional: Top each with one caper and serve.
Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days. You can also sprinkle more dill over the tops if you’d like…
Tips for Making Keto Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
I use English Cucumber for this recipe, because I love how the seeds and skin are very tender. If you can’t get English cucumber, you can use a regular cucumber, I recommend peeling at least part of the skin off.
The cream cheese mixture is pretty straightforward and should require no substitutions. If you prefer mascarpone cheese to cream cheese, you can use it instead but it won’t be quite as flavorful.
I use dried dill, but feel free to use fresh dill if you happen to have some on hand. I also top these with capers, which is a classic flavor with smoked salmon. If you don’t like capers, you can just omit them and top with tiny pieces of fresh dill.
Which Salmon is Best for Keto?
I used smoked salmon…Nova, Gravlax or Lox all work perfectly and are all fine for Keto. Nova (named for it’s origin in Nova Scotia) is my salmon of choice, because it’s cured and cold smoked. It gives the salmon a wonderful smoky flavor and is just delicious! You can enjoy it with cream cheese on Keto Fathead Bagels, yum!
Gravlax is not smoked, but is typically cured with whole spices, dill, citrus and sugar.
Is Salmon ok for Keto?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s one of the very best proteins to enjoy on a Keto diet! It’s loaded with Omega-3 fats, potassium protein and B vitamins!
How Many Carbs in Salmon?
Zero! So again, it’s perfect for a Low Carb and Keto diet!
More Keto and Low Carb Salmon recipes…
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites – Keto/Low Carb
- 1 English cucumber
- 6 ounces smoked salmon thinly sliced
- 2/3 cup cream cheese room temperature
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Dill
- Optional: 20 Capers
- Cut the cucumber into 20 slices. Then cut the salmon into 20 strips.
- Fold each piece of salmon in thirds and place on top of each cucumber slice.
- In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, heavy cream, garlic salt, dill, lemon juice and zest, then whip using a Hand Mixer until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice. Alternatively, you can use a ziplock baggie and cut off the tip. Pipe out the mixture over the top of each piece of salmon.
- Optional: Top with one caper and serve.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days.