Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs

Whenever I’m having breakfast or brunch at a restaurant, I often order scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. There are a few reasons for this. For one, the combination of eggs and smoked salmon to me is heavenly. Secondly, I rarely order omelets because they’re typically overcooked and rubbery. Thirdly I never order pancakes, waffles, or French toast because they’re just too carby and sugary for me.

This recipe can easily be turned into an omelet with mozzarella added, but when you cook eggs slowly in a buttered skillet, they are soft and creamy and cheese isn’t missed. And that’s a rare thing for me to say!

Make sure to use high-quality smoked salmon (lox) for this dish. Keep the salt to a minimum because the salmon will provide saltiness.

Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs
Generously serves 2

6 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
3-4 ounces smoked salmon, gently chopped
Creme fraiche, optional
Capers, optional

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream until smooth.

In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Pour in the egg mixture and turn down the heat slightly.

Cook the eggs while scraping them away from the bottom of the skillet using a rubber spatula continually but gently. Turn down the heat further if too much cooking occurs. Timing depends on the size of your skillet.

Take your time with the eggs. Right before the eggs are cooked according to your taste, sprinkle on the chopped salmon and fold into the eggs to heat through. Don’t add the smoked salmon any earlier or it will cook, and ruin the lox texture and flavor.

I only mention this because at home I prefer “wet” curds. These eggs are actually cooked more than I normally like, but I feel that many people would be put off by that!

For a heftier breakfast, have a warm slice of buttered and toasted bread or croissant half on the plate, and immediately top with the cooked eggs.

A little dollop of creme fraiche makes these eggs even more wonderful.

Plus you can sprinkle the eggs with capers, chives or chopped shallots if desired.


Just make sure to serve immediately so the softly cooked eggs don’t dry out or chill.


I love the addition of the toasted croissants, because they soften with the warm eggs, but maintain the buttery crust.

By Published On: June 3rd, 201956 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

56 Comments

  1. David @ Spiced June 3, 2019 at 7:12 AM - Reply

    *mind blown*

    I love scrambled eggs. In fact, I often scramble an egg up for lunch if we don’t have any leftovers laying around. I also love smoked salmon. However, I’ve never combined the two together. This is going to have to happen…and soon! Excellent recipe, Mimi!

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 7:47 AM - Reply

      Oh, you’ll love it then. It’s a magical combination!!!

  2. Ron June 3, 2019 at 7:32 AM - Reply

    Mimi, we’d brunch well together. I love loose scrambled eggs with cold smoke (and warm) salmon. Glad to see that avocado, as smoke salmon and avocados are meant to be together.

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 7:48 AM - Reply

      I agree! I had a lovely meal all to myself that day. Husband doesn’t eat smoked salmon, avocados, or raw tomatoes. Weirdo.

  3. sherry June 3, 2019 at 7:43 AM - Reply

    oh yum these look delicious. i do love smoked salmon and capers … cheers sherry

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 7:49 AM - Reply

      If I could eat and never gain weight I’d have bagels with cream cheese, lox, onions and capers every day!

  4. Kim Bultman June 3, 2019 at 8:13 AM - Reply

    Mimi, this is one of my favorite breakfast combos and yours looks fantastic! (Love how you do your eggs… very French… wouldn’t be put off in the least.) Yippee for picking up a package of smoked salmon and GF bagels this weekend… I smell breakfast. :)

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 9:23 AM - Reply

      And breakfast is one of the best smells! As long as I also smell coffee!

  5. Healthy World Cuisine June 3, 2019 at 8:59 AM - Reply

    Mimi, this is a delicious idea for breakfast. We actually have some smoked salmon leftover from this weekend. Hope you are doing well.

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 9:24 AM - Reply

      Hi Bobbi! I seem to make these eggs for myself when I have leftover lox. Cause no one else eats them here!

  6. sippitysup June 3, 2019 at 9:37 AM - Reply

    Wet Curds! Love that phrase and I prefer them “wet’ too. GREG

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 10:10 AM - Reply

      Ew. Now that I read that… oh well. At least you knew what I was talking about!!!

  7. ShePaused4Thought June 3, 2019 at 10:35 AM - Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more on breakfast eggs/pancakes and such. Love salmon with eggs. I want savory food first thing in the morning.

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 11:49 AM - Reply

      Definitely. I did share some crazy waffles recently with a girlfriend but it was her birthday and I also had eggs!

  8. ShePaused4Thought June 3, 2019 at 10:39 AM - Reply

    I love a good savory breakfast and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs is at the top of the list.

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 6:54 AM - Reply

      I’m more of a savory person anyway. I have chocolate in the kitchen, but it doesn’t entice me at all. Cheese? Smoked salmon? Yes!!!

  9. olivesandfeta June 3, 2019 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    You have made me hungry for breakfast now Mimi 😍😍

    • chef mimi June 3, 2019 at 11:48 AM - Reply

      Good!!!

  10. Laura June 3, 2019 at 1:21 PM - Reply

    Smoked salmon is my favorite thing to put on eggs, Mimi! I’d eat it over a cheese omelet any day! So so delish!

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 6:53 AM - Reply

      Yes, I would too. And I do love cheese omelets!

  11. Gaz the Human Macrophage June 3, 2019 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    A perfect combination. I love smoked salmon with eggs.

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 6:52 AM - Reply

      They are pretty wonderful together!

  12. Katherine | Love In My Oven June 3, 2019 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    Those eggs are picture perfect. I had smoked salmon just this weekend and forgot how much I like it. Great idea to combine it with eggs!

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 6:52 AM - Reply

      It’s truly a magical combination.

  13. yum, how decadent! what a perfect weekend breakfast.

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 6:51 AM - Reply

      They are decadent, in the most delicious way!!!

  14. StefanGourmet June 4, 2019 at 1:30 AM - Reply

    Breakfast fit for a king (or queen)!

    • chef mimi June 4, 2019 at 2:12 PM - Reply

      Thank you, Stefan!

  15. Jeff the Chef June 4, 2019 at 10:16 PM - Reply

    This looks so simple and delicious. I’ve never heard of the combination of smoked salmon and eggs! Scrambled eggs done right are so fantastic, and I’m sure the addition of salmon puts it right over the top! I’ll definitely try this.

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 6:27 AM - Reply

      Thanks, Jeff! It’s a fabulous combo.

  16. kitchenriffs June 5, 2019 at 9:43 AM - Reply

    I really prefer wet curds, although Mrs KR is more the dry curd type. So we compromise — I make dry curds. :-) You’re right that smoked salmon and eggs really are a nice pairing. Good post — thanks.

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 9:58 AM - Reply

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! You’re a good husband John! I could eat lox every day for every meal…

  17. David June 5, 2019 at 6:07 PM - Reply

    This looks just delicious! We have great smoked salmon available at our farmers market, and I will look for some this weekend. I can imagine us having this for weeknight meal soon!

    • chef mimi June 5, 2019 at 9:08 PM - Reply

      Oooh. Great dinner idea! I’ve only had this for brunch or breakfast. I really try to keep the lox from “cooking,” which I think is the secret to really enjoying this dish. Otherwise you might as well just add grilled salmon to eggs! Well, that actually sounds good also!

  18. Mae Sander June 5, 2019 at 10:11 PM - Reply

    I’m with your various commenters who also love scrambled eggs with smoked salmon… a real classic!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • chef mimi June 6, 2019 at 8:38 AM - Reply

      Thank you! It is a magical combo in my book!

  19. Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 6, 2019 at 1:46 AM - Reply

    This is also my favourite breakfast to order when eating out :)

    • chef mimi June 6, 2019 at 8:39 AM - Reply

      Then we definitely have at least one thing in common!

  20. cookingontheweekends June 6, 2019 at 3:37 AM - Reply

    This is my kind of breakfast (lunch or dinner)! What a perfectly dreamy combination of flavors and textures. Love it on the croissant and I might just adore it on an Everything bagel.

    • chef mimi June 6, 2019 at 8:39 AM - Reply

      I love the everything spice/seed mixture. Have you seen that? My daughter gave some to me – I’m thinking it’s a Trader Joe’s product.

  21. adina June 6, 2019 at 8:18 AM - Reply

    I absolutely love eggs with smoked salmon and yours look perfect! My kind of breakfast too, I don’t need anything sweet in the morning.

    • chef mimi June 6, 2019 at 8:40 AM - Reply

      I rarely need anything sweet. You wouldn’t know it looking at me! But cheese is more my thing. and eggs with smoked salmon!

  22. FrugalHausfrau June 7, 2019 at 4:13 AM - Reply

    Yes, please!! What a great combo of flavors…classic. And you make it look so lovely!

    • chef mimi June 7, 2019 at 10:21 AM - Reply

      Aw, thanks. It was hard to photograph eggs!

  23. Our Growing Paynes June 7, 2019 at 10:19 AM - Reply

    This looks delicious. Do you know, I made a French omelette with chives yesterday and served it over smoked salmon. The combination of eggs and smoked salmon is so good.

    • chef mimi June 7, 2019 at 10:21 AM - Reply

      It really really is!!!

  24. Frank Fariello June 9, 2019 at 8:12 AM - Reply

    It’s a combination that was just meant to be. Like you, I do prefer wet curds, too, but I imagine they’re less “bloggable” than the dry kind pictured her.

    • chef mimi June 9, 2019 at 4:10 PM - Reply

      They probably are… and mine cooked a little more than I like. I used a really large skillet without thinking the whisked eggs would spread out more, than in a smaller diameter skillet. Some times I just lose my mind in the kitchen. Thankfully not often!

  25. Karen (Back Road Journal) June 9, 2019 at 9:40 AM - Reply

    A wonderful breakfast and adding the creme fraiche and capers are a great idea.

    • chef mimi June 9, 2019 at 1:01 PM - Reply

      Thanks so much Karen!

  26. Yeah, Another Blogger June 9, 2019 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    Hi. I’m with you on this. A delicious meal. In fact, you can hardly go wrong with smoked salmon. I had this combo recently: good bread topped with baby greens, capers, smoked salmon and a few squirts of lemon juice.

    Neil Scheinin

    • chef mimi June 9, 2019 at 7:14 PM - Reply

      Yes. Yes. Yes.

  27. 2pots2cook June 10, 2019 at 4:26 AM - Reply

    The heat is on here and it seems to be ideal lunch: tasty and quickly done. Thank you Mimi ! :-)

    • chef mimi June 10, 2019 at 6:33 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome!

  28. Marisa @missmarzipan.com June 13, 2019 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    Breakfast and brunch dishes are always favourites! Looks great, Mimi! x

    • chef mimi June 16, 2019 at 5:14 PM - Reply

      I agree. I love eggs! Brunch has really become popular here in the US. There’s even Saturday brunch!

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