Florida Smoked Fish Dip Recipe
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Florida Smoked Fish Dip Recipe

Whether you’re snowbirding in Florida or craving the flavors back at home, this simple Florida smoked fish dip recipe will hit the spot…

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There’s a local charm that comes with Florida smoked fish dip, no matter where you eat it.

But what makes it stand out? What kind of local catch makes the best smoked fish dip? Andhow can you ensure your fish dip stays fresh to savor every flavorful bite?

Let’s dive into the details of crafting this coastal favorite…

Why Is Florida Fish Dip So Good?

The secret to the irresistible allure of Florida fish dip lies in its perfect blend of flavors and textures. By combining flaked, smoked white fish with creamy sour cream, mayonnaise, and a kick of hot pepper sauce, you create a spread that’s both rich and zesty.

A few drops of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of seafood seasoning (like Old Bay Seasoning), and optional liquid smoke deepen the complexity. Our recipe contrasts the soft texture of the fish with the crunch of freshly diced celery, which we think gives the perfect balance.

We like to serve our fish dip with club crackers and leftover celery sticks. But some other popular choices include tortilla chips, saltine crackers, lemon or lime wedges, and capers.

Do I Have to Smoke the Fish Myself?

fish dip served with crackers

No! If you don’t have the smoker equipment, time, or desire to smoke the fish yourself, you can buy smoked fish. Many Florida fisheries, seafood markets, and even grocery stores sell fresh smoked fish.

You can likely find it at your local markets, too, if you’re not lucky enough to be camping in Florida right now.

But if your catch of the day is a beautiful whitefish and you want to prepare it yourself, go for it! You may even be interested in investing in one of the best portable smokers for camping.

What Florida Fish Is Good for Smoking?

Florida’s waters are a treasure trove of fish that are perfect for smoking. Mahi mahi, with its firm texture, is a favorite option, but any white fish will do, including mullet, kingfish, and amberjack.

These types of fish possess the ideal fat content for smoking, which helps in retaining moisture and flavor at low temperatures. They also absorb the smoky flavor beautifully.

Historically, smoked mullet was a staple in Old Florida, and today, in areas like the Florida Keys and Key Largo, you’ll find an abundance of fish suited for smoking. The process often involves a combination of dry brining in kosher salt and brown sugar and smoking over a low-temperature flame.

How Long Does Fish Dip Last?

Fish dip is best served fresh, but it can last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Just be sure to store it promptly in an airtight container.

If leftovers were left out in the heat for more than 1-2 hours, it’s probably best to toss it. But, you can let your nose and eyes be the judges.

In truth, the flavors often meld and deepen overnight, making it just as delicious the next day. However, it’s important to ensure it’s kept at a consistent, cold temperature.

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For seafood lovers and flavor adventurers alike, whipping up this fish dip recipe allows you to enjoy a taste of coastal Florida life wherever you are.

Whether it’s brought out at family gatherings or simply enjoyed as a solo treat, this Florida fish dip just become a favorite family recipe!

Florida Smoked Fish Dip Recipe

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Recipe by Camping Food Recipes Course: AppetizersCuisine: SeafoodDifficulty: Easy


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Whether you’re snowbirding in Florida or craving the flavors back at home, this simple smoked fish dip recipe will hit the spot. It’s best served fresh, but the flavors meld nicely when refrigerated.



  • Combine all ingredients except celery in a food processor or blender. Blend until it has a spread consistency. Fold diced celery in, leaving some to top it with as a garnish.
  • Serve fresh with crackers and leftover celery sticks



  • Fish dip lasts up to 5 days in the refrigerator if stored promptly and in an airtight container.

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