The first time you tried lox, it was probably on a bagel. And it probably had red onion, sliced tomato, and capers on it. It was probably one of the most delicious bagels you’ve ever had. But why wait for your next bagel when you can enjoy smoked salmon in all kinds of ways—and healthy ones at that.
The omega-packed fish is a great lean protein to add to a variety of meals. And while, sure, we’re stoked on the health benefits, we’re even more stoked about the smoky, savory flavor. These nine lox recipes will change smoked salmon from a weekend treat to weekday staple.
1. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With a 6-Minute Egg
Smoked salmon and soft-boiled eggs were made for each other. The only downside to the dream duo: lack of crunch and too much squish for those who are squeamish when it comes to texture. For extra taste, texture, and a bit of fiber too, fill your breakfast bowl with brown rice, red potatoes, sliced mushrooms, and a handful of spinach. Filling, flavorful, super lox-urious.
2. Lox Summer Roll With Avocado-Lime Dipping Sauce
Fall, winter, summer, spring… no matter the season, these protein-packed rolls are an excellent snack, side dish, or appetizer. They’re so filling they could even serve as a main meal (just add a cup of miso). If it’s your first time using rice paper rolls, be patient. The first go can be tricky, but even if they don’t look beautiful, they’re still delicious. Pro tips: Don’t soak the papers for too long and make sure to lightly wet the surface before rolling.
3. Loaded Everything Bagel and Lox Pizza
OK, we know we said think outside the bagel, but there’s something about everything bagel spice that we just can’t resist. Plus, this is an everything bagel pizza. Opt for store-bought dough if you’re crunched for time, but don’t, we repeat, do not, skip the seasoning.To make from scratch, simply mix one half of a teaspoon each of dried onion flakes, poppy seeds, garlic powder, and sesame seeds, and sprinkle generously on the dough before baking. We love the simple, fresh toppings, but don’t shy away from adding more, like halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, and a dollop or two of hot sauce.
4. Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados
This recipe is an omega trifecta. Avocado, eggs, and lox? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s actually super easy—and just downright good. We recommend scooping out a little extra from the middle of the avocado to make room for the egg and eating the discarded bits while everything bakes. (Who doesn’t love a little sample while you cook?) Top with red chili flakes and a sprinkle of fresh dill, the perfect mix of fresh and spicy.
5. Creamy Avocado Cucumber Noodles With Smoked Salmon
Who needs a bagel when you can deconstruct the best of bagel flavors and serve them in noodle form? Whether a gluten-free or low-carb eater, or you’re simply in the mood for something a bit more mellow, these noodles are light, bright, and satisfying. We love the cream cheese sauce, but it’s equally as good with Greek yogurt. For a touch of extra flavor, top with lemon zest.
6. Lox and Everything Hummus
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of homemade hummus. We’re even bigger fans of hummus that we can make in a slow cooker. Add that infamous everything bagel spice and fresh lox, and our minds (and taste buds) are officially blown. To throw things together quickly, buy garlic hummus and pair with homemade pita chips—and by homemade, we mean slice store-bought pita and warm it in the oven.
7. Lox Frittata
Talk about a crowd-pleaser. And talk about easy. This frittata has all of the bells and whistles of a fancy brunch feast but requires little more than light chopping, quick whisking, and 12-15 minutes of baking. It’s also a great dish to make for you and only you so you can enjoy as leftovers. To add a little bite, whisk in a teaspoon of fresh horseradish.
8. Spring Salmon Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette
Lox transforms salad from simple to super. This light dish uses fresh, crisp greens as a base, and radishes, pea shoots, red onion, and boiled potatoes for some crunch and added heartiness. We love the simple honey-Dijon dressing, which pairs perfectly with the soft-boiled eggs, bright veggies, and smoky salmon.
9. Cheddar Chive Waffles With Lox and Veggie Cream Cheese
Yup, we saved the best for last. These cheddar chive waffles are the perfect vehicle for veggie cream cheese and layers of lox. Though the recipe may look anything but easy, all the magic happens in the waffle maker. Simply mix together the batter, whip egg whites, fold them into the mixture, and let the maker do the rest. The final step: piling a heap of cream cheese and lox onto the golden brown waffle and topping with chives or scallions.