Smoked fish dip is an old school Florida tradition. If the rumors are true, S. Florida was once dotted with smoked fish huts that existed solely for the purpose of smoking fish and selling fish dip. My neighbor, Dan’s family used to own one of these fish smokin’ shacks until about 30 years ago so he now does his fish smoking in his back yard. Lucky me, about once a month he brings over smoked mullet, marlin, and sailfish which make wonderful fish dip. Scott calls my dip “crack” because it is that good and addicting. My recipe is a derivation of Dan’s family recipe.

Keep in mind that if you don’t have these types of smoked fish available (marlin, sailfish, mullet) that you can substitute other kinds of smoked fish you can find at your local seafood shop.


Smoked Fish Dip


grillgirl, Robyn and Eric eating smoked fish dip, day sailing Biscayne Bay.

My friend Eric agrees that smoked fish dip is the perfect snack for day sail on Biscayne Bay.


grillgirl, Miami race week, March 2010

Miami race week, March 2010

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grill girl, smoked fish dip on crackers

South Florida Smoked Fish Dip

  • Author: Robyn


This dip is so good, you may eat the whole batch in one sitting! Enjoy!



  • 68 ounces smoked fish, skin removed, meat chopped in coarsely (so as not to burn out the motor on your food processor!)
  • 1/2  block Neufchatel cream cheese (Neufchatel is lower in fat and you can’t tell the difference in this recipe)
  • 2 jalapenos
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 cup light mayo (or less, depending on how wet your mixture is and how well it is blending)
  • salt, pepper to taste


Puree ingredients in a food processor until well blended. I like to make mine almost whipped so as to easily spread on crackers.

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