Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Capers Toastie Recipe

Smoked salmon on a sandwich? Yes. Smoked salmon on a toasted sandwich? Double yes! This combination of salty, smoked salmon and the sour bite of capers is such a delicious combination. The cream cheese gives this toastie it’s toastie-like creamy touch. A healthy, easy and delicious recipe!

Because when you got things between bread in your head…

Recipe Inspiration

Classic, yet refreshing on a toastie! Toasted bread with salmon is always a recipe for success. Whether it is for lunch, snack time, dinner, or pickables at a party… you just can’t go wrong with smoked salmon! This recipe was on our wishlist for a while now and in our minds it started with the salmon. To make it toastie-worthy and more delicious we decided to add the cream cheese and spice it up with some chives, capers and lemon. Hmmmmmm!

Additionally, Jack comes from New York, and there it is quite common to find bagels with lox, cream cheese and capers. Lox, by the way, is also thinly sliced salmon, but cured in a special brine and not smoked. 

Why We Love It

You expect us to say “salmon” now, right? Actually, it’s the combination of salmon and cream cheese and capers. Soft, creamy, delicious, with salty, more soft, sour, and crispy, buttery toast. You’re just going to have to try it for yourself and share the love with us!


This is one of those toasties where we can’t decide which grill works better. So we’ll try them both and you can see for yourself! We’ll give you the pro’s and con’s of both further down below, so keep reading and pick your gear carefully. 

  • Tefal: Inicio Grill (Awesome for Toasties and All Grilling Needs)
  • Tefal: Ultracompact Sandwich (Dedicated Toastie Maker)

Salmon Love

Here at the Toastie Lab, we love to pick our food with love. We believe that you are what you eat, (to a certain degree 😉 ) so you want to make sure you pick your fish that has been caught with love and without hurting the other fish in the ocean. Look for a brand that supports and applies sustainable fishing and avoid the cheaper smoked salmon options as you don’t want your toastie to be drenched in antibiotics!

More information on how to pick your salmon? We found this web resource incredibly helpful!

Cream Cheese Light

Honestly, this might not be your first pick if you’re on a diet. Cream cheese is just one of those calorie-bombs that you’re going to want to avoid if you’re weight watching. However, according to newer diets like the keto diet, this toastie might be a winner! Of course, keto would skip the bread and go straight for cream cheese and salmon, but for us, that would be like an umbrella without the fabric… Or something like that 😉 If you’re on the keto diet and still need something to wrap around the toastie, look for keto-friendly bread, or corn tortillas!

Speaking of Bread…

Now that we’ve opened the discussion on bread, we think the classic way to assemble this toastie is to start with an old-fashioned slice of white bread. Again, this would be the delicious option, not necessarily the healthiest. If you’d like to try an alternative to bread, you could opt for cornbread, or get creative and try a wrap! 

  • Keto Option: corn tortillas
  • Healthier Option: corn bread


Capers are delicious and I wish I knew more recipes to use them more often. Did you know that capers are actually flower buds? Pickled flower buds to be precise. Yup. Even more awesome, right?! For this recipe, we mash the capers slightly to make them more suitable for a toastie. You could also cut them, or add them entirely. As long as you add plenty of them you’ll be fine!

Feeling Artsy? 

Dress to impress! This is sure true for a toastie! Make ‘r look pretty by sprinkling chives, capers and/or lemon zest over the toastie. You can also serve this toastie with some classic ketchup! 

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Lab Results

The Toastie Lab wouldn’t really be a lab if it weren’t for some experiments every now and then. For this recipe we tried two things: vegan cream cheese instead of normal cream cheese, and using a toastie-maker instead of the sandwich grill. 

The vegan cream cheese was not a success. It ended up everywhere, except on the toastie. A big miss! It was just to watery and made the toastie soggy to the point of falling apart. Perhaps it depends on the brand, but my guess is that vegan cream cheese just doesn’t have the substance to be cooked on a toastie. Lesson learned. 

Sandwich Grill Vs. Toastie-Maker

As promised: we tried both of our favorite toastie-making-machines in order to see which one we would prefer… And we can’t decide which option is better! This toastie is so delicious in and of itself, that the equipment doesn’t make that much of a difference. The only thing we can say is that the toastie-maker, as expected, pushes the cream cheese off the bread a little bit, leaving the sides a little dry, but still nice and crispy. 

The grill doesn’t do that and makes for a more evenly distributed toastie. This could be a plus, of course. If you only have a toastie maker available, don’t worry – you’ll be absolutely able to reproduce this alliterating toastie recipe! 

Let Us Know What You Think

Suggestions? Recommendations? Want to share the love? Reach out to us! We love to hear what you think of this recipe and we definitely like to see more people doing some experimentoasting

If you have any ideas for a toastie recipe that your would like us to make, let us know that, too. We love to try all varieties of toasties… like, all of them! If we choose your toastie idea we will give you a shout-out in our articles and YouTube videos. 

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Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Capers Toastie Recipe

  • Author: Toastie Lab
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Smoked salmon on a sandwich? Yes. Smoked salmon on a toasted sandwich? Double yes! This combination of salty, smoked salmon and the sour bite of capers is such a delicious combination. The cream cheese gives this toastie it’s toastie-like creamy touch. A healthy, easy and delicious recipe!



  • 4 slices of white bread
  • 150 grams of smoked salmon (slices)
  • 100 grams of cream cheese
  • 30 grams of capers
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Optional: chives for decoration


  1. Take the cream cheese. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Cut the chives in small parts. Put everything in a bowl and stir until well blended. 
  2. Two options: cut the capers with a knife on a cutting board until nice and small, or put the capers in a grinder and grind until they have burst. 
  3. One way or another, add them to the cream cheese mixture. 
  4. Grab a slice of bread. Add butter to both slices and turn around. 
  5. Assemble your toastie! Spread a nice layer of cream cheese on both slices. 
  6. Add the smoked salmon. And put the toastie together (that means putting the second slice on top of the assembled slice) 
  7. Place your toastie onto the grill and let the heat do its magic. Grilling should take about 5 minutes, depending on the grill or toastie-maker that you are using. 
  8. Take out carefully and cut diagonally. Feeling artsy? Sprinkle some extra chives, crunched capers and lemon zest over the toastie/plate. 
  9. Not needed, always recommended: ketchup!


  • Bread tip: White, toastie-classic, white bread. 
  • Sauce tip: Ketchup. Also classic 🙂 
  • Category: Comfort Food, Lunch, Snack
  • Method: Toasted Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Classic

Keywords: Comfort Food, Lunch, Snack, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers

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Toastie Lab is the collective effort of Jack and Eveline. We love making, experimenting with, and eating toasted sandwiches.

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