Smoked Bluefish Spread

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


3 cups

Updated: Apr. 12, 2023
While I was growing up, we spent summers on Block Island, Rhode Island, where we would surf-cast off the shores for bluefish. Its strong flavor makes the fish a perfect candidate for smoking. This is a snack that brings back memories of warm summer afternoons and cool 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 skin from fish 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 fantastic 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.