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Smoked Salmon Egg Tarts

by Kristen

Thank-you to the Iowa Egg Council for sponsoring today’s post.  

When I think of foods that celebrate my family’s heritage, smoked salmon comes to mind.  My dad’s side of the family is Scandinavian ( my maiden name is Johnson), and we have always celebrated with smoked salmon.  We always enjoyed smoked salmon when we vacationed in Wisconsin when I was a kid.  Smoked salmon has always graced our Christmas eve spread at my parents’ house.  This year, my husband started smoking salmon in his smoker.  I am always looking for things to make with smoked salmon.

One food that always tastes good with smoked salmon?


Eggs. Probably the most frequented item on my grocery pick-up list.  My family goes through multiple cartons of eggs every week.  They’re delicious, they’re packed with protein, eggs keep you feeling full longer, and they can be cooked in so many ways.  When I am busy, I like to serve my family eggs and toast for dinner, but they can also be turned into a fancy appetizer in no time flat.

These adorable smoked salmon tarts are a super fancy appetizer that can be made in mere minutes.   These come together in less than twenty minutes and are fancy enough to serve to company or gift to your loved ones.

I love smoked salmon because just a little goes a long way as far as flavor.   All in all, this is a very budget-friendly recipe and a healthier option for your holiday appetizer spread.  This would also be a delicious dish to make on Christmas morning!

Did you know that if you served your family eggs this morning, there is a good chance they came from Iowa?  Iowa is the number 1 egg-producing state in the country!   Eggs take a big role in holiday recipes every year. You can find eggs in holiday cakes, cookies, breakfast casseroles, salad, and quiches.  Don’t forget to pick up eggs when you hit the stores this week! ( or if you order groceries online as I do, add them to your grocery list)

The Iowa Egg Council has so many delicious recipes available on their website.   You can also follow them on social media for delicious egg recipes!

You can find the Iowa Egg Council on






I shopped almost entirely local this year for the holidays.  If you’re considering giving a gift card, think of local restaurants that serve eggs!  Convivium Urban Farmstead in Dubuque is my favorite local place.  Everything there is amazing. Convivium is a non-profit that gives back to the community in so many ways.  Here is the breakfast sandwich I enjoyed last year on my birthday.

These Smoked Salmon Egg Tarts only require a few ingredients. 

1 package of phyllo dough cups

4 eggs

2 ounces of smoked salmon – you can also use canned salmon or leftover salmon in this recipe 

a pinch of sea salt


Garnish or sliced grape tomatoes and capers.  You can skip the tomatoes if you like, but I think the capers are needed for the full flavor.  

Smoked Salmon Egg Tarts

Servings 4


  • 1 package phyllo dough cups
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 8 grape tomatoes sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Arrange phyllo dough cups on a baking sheet.

  3. Add about a teaspoon of salmon to each phyllo dough cup

  4. In a mixing bowl, mix together eggs, salt, and dill.

  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop about a tablespoon of egg into each phyllo cup.

  6. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to your liking.

  7. Remove from oven.

  8. Garnish. Add a tomato slice and 2-3 capers to each tart.

  9. Serve

It’s the little things that will bring your loved ones joy this holiday season!  I love making things for people, it means so much more than purchased items.  These smoked salmon egg tarts are the perfect thing to make for your friends and family!








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