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Candied Salmon Cream Cheese Recipe

The BFF your bagel never knew it needed.

This cream cheese is the star of the Amar’e bagel (named for basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire) at Call Your Mother deli in Washington D.C. The salmon-flecked cream cheese is slathered onto a za’atar, wood-fired bagel stuffed with crispy shallots and pea shoot salad — not your bubbe’s bagel! It’s a decadent, modern take on traditional flavors and would make a great addition to any brunch table. 

Read more about Call Your Mother deli and chef Daniela Moreira here.


  • 4 oz cream cheese (your favorite brand) 
  • 1 piece (6-8oz) salmon fillet, skin on (center cut) 
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar 
  •  3/4 cup honey 
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 


  1. Cut salmon into strips about 1” wide. Pat dry, season with salt.
  2. In a medium pot, combine honey, olive oil, and dark brown sugar. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Let the sugar mixture cool completely then cover the salmon strips with the mixture. Place salmon on a wire rack (skin side down) and refrigerate for 2 hours, uncovered. 
  4. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Cook salmon for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely.
  5. For the salmon cream cheese, shred the cool salmon into small pieces. Add cream cheese and mix together until completely combined. 

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