Hot Smoked Salmon Tart

hot smoked salmon tartWhen I went to Seattle a couple of months ago, one of my aunts gave me two beautiful vacuum-packed fillets of hot smoked salmon to bring back with me to Boston.

I remember eating a smoked salmon and cream cheese piroshky at Pike Place (a piroshky is a Russian hand pie) with a really flaky and buttery crust, and I wanted to re-create those flavors. I put together this Hot Smoked Salmon Tart, inspired by the easy Tarte Flambee I made last year. All I needed was frozen puff pastry (one of my favorite short-cuts), a box of low-fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, hot smoked salmon, some spices and chives.

hot smoked salmonTake note that hot smoked salmon is different from the smoked salmon, or lox, which is usually served with bagels and cream cheese. Hot smoked salmon is fully cooked with smoked heat (think: barbecue) while lox is salt-cured then cold-smoked. That’s why the texture of lox is more similar to the texture of salmon sashimi, while the texture of hot smoked salmon is flakier and chunkier because it is cooked fish. Huffington Post has a good article on the differences between smoked salmon, lox, and gravlax.

smoked salmon pizzasmoked salmon tarte flambeeThis hot smoked salmon tart is essentially a pizza – a fancy pizza because the crust is made with puff pastry – but also an incredibly easy pizza because it takes less than 30 minutes to make. I didn’t stretch out my pastry crust as thin as I did with the Tarte Flambee because I wanted a sturdier base for the heavier cream cheese and Greek yogurt mixture. The crust still crisped up nicely on the bottom and held up really well.

I think I made too much topping though, but you won’t find me complaining about a pizza with more toppings than crust. I only used one sheet of frozen pastry, but I’m pretty sure the smoked salmon mixture is enough for two sheets.

This tart would make a great appetizer (just cut it into smaller squares) or a nice meal (serve with an arugula salad and a glass of crisp wine). It would even pass for breakfast or brunch – after all, it has salmon, cream cheese, yogurt, and a croissant-like pastry crust. Each bite is creamy and rich and oh so delicious.

hot smoked salmon pizza

Yield: serves 8

Hot Smoked Salmon Tart


8 oz hot smoked salmon, flaked
8 oz low-fat cream cheese
2/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
generous dash of Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste
chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your puff pastry. You can further stretch and flatten it using a rolling pin, so that it fits your baking sheet more evenly. Line a 9x12 baking sheet with parchment paper or foil before putting dough in.
  3. In a small bowl, combine smoked salmon, cream cheese, and Greek yogurt. Mix well until smooth. Add chili pepper flakes, Tabasco, and salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the smoked salmon mixture over dough.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the edges are puffy and golden. Sprinkle with chives and cut into rectangles before serving.

Note that I used hot smoked salmon, which is different from lox (cured and cold-smoked). Hot smoked salmon is fully cooked with heated smoked (similar to a barbecue). However, you can also substitute lox or cold smoked salmon.

smoked salmon tart

Do you ever use frozen puff pastry for savory dishes? Share your recipes in the comments section!


29 Responses to “Hot Smoked Salmon Tart”

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health posted April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

    anything with puff pastry is my favorite. i like to sometime seal it together as a parcel too.

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Oooh I have not tried that yet! Good idea.

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen posted April 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Oh my gosh – this looks AMAZING! And I LOVE smoked salmon. Seriously – I want this for breakfast right now!!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thanks, Kristi! Yes, I can assure you that this makes for a very good breakfast indeed :)

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    Christina Orso posted April 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    when i randomly start showing up at your house around dinner time… haha jk

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    Jess @whatjessicabakednext posted April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

    This sounds divine, Bianca! I love smoked salmon so this would be great for me to try!

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted April 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    this is our kind of food! love it! my husband’s grandma make awesome piroshkys! ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 17, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      It was my first time trying piroshkys and they were all awesome!

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    Michelle Lahey posted April 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I adore puff pastry, and recently used it in my Spinach & Chickpea Curry Tarts!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs posted April 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Smoked salmon is my fave, so I think I’d fall so so hard for these tarts. They look delish oh yum! x

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron posted April 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Seriously? Smoked salmon + cream cheese + puff pastry? Sounds divine ;)

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    Choc Chip Uru posted April 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I want this delicious tart recipe, I love how classy the salmon looks!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    The Squishy Monster posted April 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I love anything spicy and how sweet to be given edible gifts {those are my favorite kind}!

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    Juliana posted April 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Bianca, these tarts with smoked salmon and puff pastry look great…like the touch of Tabasco…yum!
    Hope you are having a lovely week :D

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    Niqui posted April 18, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Hi Bianca! The dish looks oh so I could sink my teeth into that yummy. 2 things I wish for right now: hot smoked salmon and an oven! Oh how I miss cooking!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted April 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I could eat my weight in smoked salmon and almost did while in Iceland. Love everything about this recipe – and it is a beautiful tart! Have a blessed Easter!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan posted April 18, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Puff pastry as pizza??? With Salmon???? How am I supposed to not drool buckets????
    Looks insanely delish!
    Thanks to you now I know that hot smoked salmon is different from the smoked salmon or lox!

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    Mike@TheIronYou posted April 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I love smoked salmon, it’s so good. And those tarts Bianca look like da bomb. So very yummy!

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    Joanne posted April 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Is there really such a thing as too much topping?! I think not. This sounds so good! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for this hot smoked salmon.

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    yummychunklet posted April 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    That salmon sounds amazing.

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    Monica posted April 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    This is definitely a great appetizer! I’ve used puffed pastry for asparagus tart and to make ham & cheese hand pies on the savory end. This is a great idea – loving the fancy pizza idea and the hot smoked salmon sounds divine.

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    grace posted April 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

    i’m FINALLY started to like fish a little, so i’ve been especially alert when interesting recipes come along. this sounds like something i might love!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe posted April 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Ohhhhh yum! This looks amazing – I love hot smoked salmon!

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    Andi @ The Weary Chef posted April 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I am crazy for smoked salmon, and I am crazy for this recipe, Bianca! I would love to have this brunch (or really any time it was offered to me). Beautiful!

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    Sarah @ Running On Brie posted April 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I live in Seattle and I think Piroshky Piroshky might be my favorite spot in Pike Market! Never tried the smoked salmon one before though- I’ll definitely have to do that. Your recipe looks great!

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    Roshani Khanna posted August 30, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look. My mouth is watering

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    Shilpa Malhotra posted September 1, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Such a great idea. Love the flavors in these! My boys would devour them quickly.

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