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Salmon cheese ball rolled in pecans.
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5 from 19 votes

Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball

This smoked salmon cheese ball recipe is always a party favorite! It's a highly addictive, creamy appetizer recipe everyone will love.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Ball, Cream Cheese Ball, Salmon Cheese Ball, Smoke Salmon Cheese Ball
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 ounces smoked salmon or regular salmon plus 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (see notes above)
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 cup pecans roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (chives, parsley, dill, etc) chopped


  • Add the cream cheese, sour cream, salmon, red onion, and lemon pepper to a mixing bowl.
  • Use your hands to mix everything together. Alternatively, you could use a stand mixer.
  • Form the cheese mixture into a ball with your hands. The cheese will be soft, but it will firm up once chilled. If you feel it's too soft to make a ball, you can chill it for 30 minutes.
  • Mix together your chopped pecans and fresh herbs. Place them in a single layer on a plate or cutting board.
  • Roll the cheese ball into the pecans, until the entire outside is coated.
  • Serve immediately with crackers or veggie slices or refrigerate the cheese ball, until desired. The flavor becomes more intensified the longer the ball sits in the fridge. So you can certainly make this the day before it's needed.


  • I've tried several brands of liquid smoke and this one is far and away my favorite.
  • You can also make this dairy-free by using a vegan cream cheese spread.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 606IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg