Cold Smoked Salmon & Capers Bagel

Last Updated on March 19, 2024

Cold smoked salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins, takes center stage in this hearty breakfast recipe. At first glance, this recipe could be easily confused for a Lox and capers bagel, but the difference between Lox and cold smoked salmon is in the preparation.

Lox is made by curing salmon fillets in a brine mixture of salt, sugar, and sometimes spices, without undergoing any smoking process. It has a silky texture and a milder flavor compared to cold smoked salmon. On the other hand, cold smoked salmon is smoked at low temperatures for an extended period, imparting a rich smoky flavor while preserving the fish’s delicate texture. It has a more pronounced smoky taste and firmer texture than lox.


  • For added flavor, you can squeeze a little lemon juice over the smoked salmon before assembling the bagel.
  • Customize the toppings to your preference by adding sliced tomatoes, avocado, or lettuce.
  • For an extra kick of flavor, consider adding a dollop of horseradish or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Cold Smoked Salmon & Capers Bagel

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Protein: Fish / Seafood, salmon
Cut: Salmon, smoked sockeye salmon
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Servings: 1


  • 1 bagel plain, sesame, or everything
  • 4-5 slices of ButcherBox's Cold Smoked Salmon
  • 2 tbsps cream cheese softened
  • 4-5 slices thinly sliced (lengthwise) cucumber optional
  • 1 tbsp capers drained
  • 2-3 slices of red onion thin
  • fresh dill sprigs for garnish
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Slice the bagel in half and lightly toast it to your desired level of crispiness.
  • Spread the softened cream cheese evenly on each half of the toasted bagel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs.
  • Lay the cold smoked salmon pieces on top of the cream cheese (on one half of the bagel), ensuring even coverage.
  • If using cucumbers, arrange the cucumber slices on top of the salmon.
  • Evenly distribute the drained capers and red onion slices over the salmon.
  • Place the top half of the bagel over the filling to form a sandwich. Enjoy.
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Kinesha is an Executive Producer at ButcherBox with experience as a food truck owner, bartender, and content creator.