Salmon Pizza: A Flavor Explosion in Every Bite

Are you looking for a pizza that will take your taste buds on a wild ride? Look no further than this smoked salmon pizza! With crispy naan bread as the base, topped with herbed cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, onions, and everything bagel seasoning, this pizza is a flavor explosion in every bite. To elevate it even further, add soft eggs and chili crisp. Trust me, this pizza will blow your mind!

A smoked salmon pizza made with naan bread, herb creamed cheese, red onions, capers, soft eggs and chili crisp.

Everything I Ever Want to Eat

Sometimes recipe inspirations come from restaurants or magazines, but this smoked salmon pizza is different. It’s a dish that combines all of my favorite ingredients into one glorious masterpiece. Smoked salmon? Soft eggs? Fresh herbs? Chili crisp? This pizza has it all. In fact, if I had to choose my last meal on earth, this pizza or something similar would definitely be included. It’s that good!

This salmon pizza is perfect for a light meal on a hot day. It’s meant to be served at room temperature or close to it, making it refreshing and satisfying. You can also cut it into small wedges and serve it as an appetizer. Trust me, your friends will be impressed!

So grab a strawberry mule (my drink of choice for my last supper) and let’s dive into the deliciousness!

Flatbread pizzas on a metal textured tray made with naan bread, cream cheese, herbs, everything bagel seasoning, lox, capers and red onion.

What You’ll Need for Smoked Salmon Pizza

  • Naan bread – I prefer using roasted garlic naan bread instead of traditional pizza crust for this recipe. It adds a unique flavor that complements the toppings perfectly.
  • Cream cheese – This tangy and creamy base layer serves as the “sauce” for the pizza. Plus, you can use any extra cream cheese to make a delicious chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert.
  • Garlic – A kick of flavor that enhances the cream cheese.
  • Chives – These add a subtle hint of onion flavor to the cream cheese. They’re also fantastic on potato cakes!
  • Dill – The fresh and herbaceous flavor of dill pairs perfectly with salmon. You can find this combo in my salmon sandwich recipe as well.
  • Lemon juice – A citrusy punch that brightens up the whole dish. Don’t forget to serve extra lemon wedges with the pizzas.
  • Black pepper – Adds a bit of spice to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Smoked salmon – The star of the show! You’ll need 8 ounces of thinly sliced smoked salmon or lox. What’s the difference? Let’s find out!
  • Capers – These briny and salty little bits are a classic pairing for smoked salmon. They add a burst of flavor to the pizza.
  • Red onion – Provides a little bit of crunch and a flavor that complements the smoky salmon perfectly.
  • Everything bagel seasoning – Tap that link to make my homemade version for this smoked salmon pizza. It’s not only great for the pizza but also makes an excellent bloody mary rim salt!
  • Soft cooked eggs – Optional, but they add a rich and creamy texture on top of the salmon.
  • Chili crisp – Another optional ingredient, this spicy and garlicky Chinese condiment kicks up the heat on the pizza.
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Flatbread pizzas on a metal textured tray made with naan bread, cream cheese, herbs, everything bagel seasoning, lox, capers and red onion.

Smoked Salmon vs. Lox: What’s the Difference?

When you’re shopping for smoked salmon, you may come across different options like “smoked salmon” or “lox.” While the terms are often used interchangeably, they’re not quite the same thing.

Smoked salmon is cured and then either cold or hot smoked, giving it a subtle smoky flavor and a firm texture. On the other hand, lox is cured with sugar, salt, and sometimes spices, but it is NOT smoked. Lox has a delicate and silky texture.

For this smoked salmon pizza recipe, you can use either lox or cold smoked salmon. Feel free to choose any variety of salmon from anywhere in the world. Hot smoked salmon isn’t recommended as it has a flakier texture that doesn’t work as well on this pizza.

A smoked salmon pizza made with naan bread, herb creamed cheese, red onions, capers, soft eggs and chili crisp.

Why Naan Bread is an Excellent Pizza Crust

While I love homemade pizza dough, sometimes we need something faster and easier. That’s where naan bread comes in! It’s an excellent stand-in pizza crust for several reasons.

Naan bread is soft and chewy, making it incredibly easy to work with. Plus, if your store has flavored or seasoned options like roasted garlic, it adds even more flavor to the pizza right down to the crust.

Moreover, naan bread crisps up quickly in the oven, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner or snack. It saves you time without sacrificing taste. Give it a try, and you’ll be amazed at how delicious it is!

Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs Made Easy

If you’re like me and struggle with making soft-boiled eggs the old-fashioned way on the stove, I have a game-changing kitchen gadget to recommend — the Cuisinart egg cooker (not sponsored, but affiliate link).

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This small yet powerful appliance cooks perfect soft and hard-boiled eggs every single time. It’s a space-saving miracle that guarantees flawless eggs for toppings like the ones on this salmon pizza. Whether you want just one soft boiled egg on top of your toast or half a dozen hard boiled eggs, this gadget has you covered.

The Cuisinart egg cooker is worth its weight in gold, and I can’t recommend it enough. However, if you don’t have this gadget, no worries. Check out this tutorial on how to soft boil an egg, and you’ll be good to go!

Smoked salmon pizzas on a metal textured tray made with naan bread, cream cheese, herbs, everything bagel seasoning, lox, capers and red onion.

Make This Recipe Your Own

As with any recipe, feel free to make it your own and add your personal touch. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Don’t have chili crisp on hand? No problem! Try sriracha, sambal oelek, or a few dashes of Tabasco to add some heat to the pizza.
  • If you’re feeling fancy, add caviar to the pizza like in Wolfgang Puck’s famous smoked salmon pizza. It will take it to the next level!
  • Not a fan of soft-boiled eggs? No worries! Try hard-boiled eggs, sliced or chopped, or simply skip the eggs altogether. And hey, why not make some extra hard-boiled eggs and whip up my egg salad with pickles?

Remember, cooking is all about creativity and making the dish your own. So get in the kitchen, let your imagination run wild, and enjoy the incredible flavors of this smoked salmon pizza!

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