Salmon Bagel Sandwiches Recipe

This isn't your typical lox bagel. This savory bagel sandwich uses our favorite slow-cooked salmon, seasoned with an aromatic blend of lemongrass, fennel, scallions, and dry white wine. Instead of serving this dish open-faced, we layer toasted everything bagels with a cream cheese mixture flavored with chives, radishes, fill, lemon zest, and lemon juice for a fresh, light taste. Spread a hearty amount on the bagel, then top with sliced salmon, fresh arugula, thinly sliced red onions, and cucumber. This sandwich makes an amazing brunch option, as well as a weekday lunch. It feels a little rich and indulgent with the salmon and cream cheese without going overboard with the ingredients. Simple, flavorful, and unique—exactly what we're always on the look out for!

Salmon Bagel Sandwiches
Photo: Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke
Active Time:
30 mins
Slow Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
4 serves


  • 4 lemongrass stalks, bruised and cut into 4-inch pieces

  • 1 fennel bulb (about 14 oz.), sliced

  • 4 scallions, halved crosswise

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/3 cup dry white wine

  • 1 (2-lb.) center-cut, skin-on salmon fillet

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons sliced fresh chives

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped radishes

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 4 everything bagels, split

  • 1 cup arugula

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced English cucumber


  1. Prepare the Salmon: Fold a 30- x 18-inch piece of parchment paper in half lengthwise; fold in half again crosswise (short end to short end) to create a 4 layer thick piece. Place folded parchment in bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, letting ends extend partially up sides.

  2. Place half of lemongrass, fennel, and scallions in an even layer on parchment in slow cooker. Add water and wine. Sprinkle salmon fillets with salt and pepper; place on lemongrass mixture. Top salmon with remaining lemongrass, scallions, and fennel. Cover and cook on HIGH until salmon flakes easily with a fork, 1 to 2 hours. Using parchment paper liner as handles, lift salmon from slow cooker, allowing liquid to drain off. Discard mixture in slow cooker. Set salmon aside.

  3. Prepare the Bagel Sandwich: Combine the softened cream cheese, chives, radishes, dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Spread mixture on bottom halves of 4 split everything bagels. Divide arugula, 8 ounces flaked reserved salmon, red onion, and English cucumbers among bagel bottoms; cover with tops.

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