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Smoked Bluefish Spread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


3 cups

Growing up summers on Block Island, Rhode Island, we would surf-cast off the shores for bluefish. Bluefish has a strong flavor and one of my favorite preparations is to smoke the fillets and make a creamy spread to serve with crackers. Perfect summer snack with layers of flavor that brings back memories of warm summer afternoons and ocean breezes. —Pamela Gelsomini, Wrentham, Massachusetts
Smoked Bluefish Spread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound smoked bluefish fillets or flaked smoked trout
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • Assorted crackers, fresh vegetables and lemon wedges


  1. Scrape fish from skin if needed. Place fish in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Combine cream cheese, red onion, dill, lemon juice, sour cream, capers, horseradish and zest; gently stir in fish. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  2. Serve with crackers, vegetables and lemon wedges. If desired, top with additional red onion and dill.
Test Kitchen tips
  • If you can't find smoked bluefish, this dip is also delicious with smoked mackerel, smoked salmon or smoked tuna.
  • This dip is also delicious on a bagel for breakfast!
  • Nutrition Facts

    2 tablespoons: 64 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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