World’s Best Smoked Catfish Dip with Serving Ideas!

Today’s recipe is for the World’s Best Smoked Catfish Dip! This is a simple, no fuss recipe that turns out incredible.

The key to this dip is to start out with a perfectly smoked catfish filet.  If you need help with that then here is the link for our Traeger Smoked Catfish Recipe!

Ingredients for Smoked Catfish Dip

Smoked Catfish Dip Ingredients

We used:

  • 8 ounces smoked catfish (1 large filet)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (chive and onion flavored)
  • 1 tbls minced fresh parsley
  • Juice from 1/2 of a small lemon (about 2 tsp)

The smoked catfish was prepared the day ahead and stored cold in the refrigerator. You can spice this up if desired by tossing in some diced pickled jalapenos or adding a tablespoon of Sriracha garlic chili sauce.

We do not use any extra salt, pepper etc as the smoked catfish is already incredibly seasoned and makes up half the dish.  Feel free to adjust the seasonings to taste.

Dump everything into a bowl and mix with a fork to break up the smoked catfish. Top with a parsley garnish.

How to Serve the Smoked Catfish Dip

We like to eat the dip with crackers, bagel chips or scooped into some celery.

The layers of flavor are amazing as you start with a creamy brightness from the parsley and lemon juice that subtly transitions to a rich, smoky lushness from the fish.

However, when you realize that this is essentially a big pile of cream cheese it becomes apparent that you can use this dip in so many ways!

  • You could stuff the dip into some jalapenos, wrap in bacon and either bake in the oven or cook on your smoker.
  • How about as a secret ingredient in Pimento Cheese?
  • Use it to replace mayonnaise on sandwiches or in deviled eggs.
  • Add to a pasta dish like Stuffed Shells and bake in the oven.

Smoked Catfish Dip

Smoked Catfish Dip

World's Best Smoked Catfish Dip

This recipe for World's Best Smoked Catfish Dip requires equal portions of cream cheese and smoked fish and is brightened by fresh lemon and parsley. The dip can be served on crackers, with veggies or even used as a substitute for mayonnaise.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 256 kcal


  • 8 oz Smoked Catfish 1 large filet
  • 8 oz Chive and Onion Flavored Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Minced Parsley
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Use a fork to break up the fish and mix everything together.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and top with a minced parsley garnish.
  • Serve chilled with crackers, bagel chips of celery ribs.
Keyword Smoked Catfish Dip