South Florida Gluten Free Fish Dip

Creamy, salty, smokey gluten free fish dip is a must make appetizer. Served with buttery entertainment crackers, it is the perfect taste of South Florida!

South Florida Gluten Free Fish Dip on serving platter with carrots

This post was sponsored by Schar Gluten Free, all opinions are my own.

South Florida

In South Florida we are proud of many things- the sun, the sand, the year round warm weather, but really, I think the number one thing I’m proud of is our food. If you love food, South Florida is an amazing place. Especially if you love seafood, and I can’t get enough of it!

Fish dip has always been a family favorite. Growing up, my neighbor made the most amazing fish dip. I always loved eating over there because it was almost a guarantee there would be some.

The thing about fish dip, is while it’s tasty on its own, you really need a buttery cracker to go with it.

Gluten Free Fish Dip with Schar Entertainment Crackers

Schar Entertainment Crackers

If you have been missing a “Ritz” style gluten free cracker, look no further. My daughter actually prefers these gluten free Schar Entertainment Crackers regular crackers. They are the perfect texture, with a slight crumble that you would expect from a butter cracker.

They are irresistible and perfect for serving dips, like this South Florida Gluten Free Fish Dip on. I occasionally see them in stores, but if you can’t find them in stores, there is always online ordering. The Schar Entertainment Crackers are also perfect for making lunchable style ham and cheese crackers. So good!Gluten Free Fish Dip on Crackers

Gluten Free Fish Dip

Fish dip is one of those things that tastes amazing, but is also ridiculously easy to make. Now, there are many variations out there. Even in South Florida, every restaurant has their own version (and some put bread crumbs in the dip, so if you are at a restaurant be sure to ask!).

I like to use cream cheese in mine. Some people like to use some mayo or sour cream, but my neighbor always used cream cheese and I think she was on the right path.

You can use any smoked fish you like. Mackeral is pretty common to find smoked here, but trout also is delicious, just make sure it’s not already marinated. I’ve seen some with different marinades on them (garlic, etc.) and that’s not what you want. You can even smoke your own fish, if you are feeling up to the task.

Overhead shot of bowl of gluten free fish dip

Just remember- smoked fish is salty. While I like to use the whole package of smoked fish (most packages are 6-8 ounces), you might want to start out with about 3/4 of it and taste it before adding the rest.

This delicious gluten free smoked fish dip is rounded out with green onions and jalapenos. That’s it. Simple and soooo good.

Gluten Free fish dip is a recipe I keep in my go-to arsenal. I’m sure you will love it too and don’t forget to grab some Schar Entertainment Crackers to go with it!

Looking for more great dips to use Schar Crackers with? Try this Instant Pot Artichoke Dip from This Vivacious Life! Need a vegan dip for a party? Try this 3 Ingredient Dairy Free and Vegan Ranch Dip from Allergy Awesomeness!

If you love fish (we eat it at least once a week), you may want to try this Fish Almondine from Tessa the Domestic Diva!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Smoked Gluten Free Fish Dip
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4.29 from 14 votes

South Florida Gluten Free Fish Dip

Creamy, salty, smokey gluten free fish dip is a must make appetizer. Served with buttery entertainment crackers, it is the perfect taste of South Florida!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip, fish, Party Food
Servings: 8
Calories: 126.73kcal


  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 6-8 ounces smoked white fish
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos chopped
  • Gluten Free Crackers such as Schar


  • Place cream cheese in food processor, pulse several times.
  • Add chopped green onion and jalapeno. Blend until combined.
  • Add smoked white fish. Blend until combined.
  • Serve with gluten free crackers.


Use your favorite smoked white fish, but make sure it doesn't have any marinades added. I used smoked trout, but smoked mackerel would be delicious as well. In a pinch you can use smoked salmon, but it is a different flavor profile.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 126.73kcal


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  • Reply
    May 17, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Hey there,
    I too am from SF, I LOVE LOVE Smoked Fish Dip when I can find it without bread or cracker crumbs. I have never used the fish you mentioned, where do you purchase that locally? I have only used fresh fish and added liquid smoke while making. Also, thanks for the tip on the crackers, I have tried so many over the years and sadly been disappointed, good to have a great description of what I enjoy!! 🙂 Love your blog/Insta.

    • Reply
      May 17, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Hi! I bought the smoked fish at Milams, but I saw some at Publix too. I haven’t tried it with fresh fish, but I may try that soon!

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    Melissa Vera
    April 18, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I have never heard of fish dip before. This does look interesting and I love that it is gluten free.

    • Reply
      April 27, 2018 at 10:35 am

      It is so good! You will love it!

  • Reply
    Cassie @ Getyourholidayon
    April 16, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    This dip looks interesting. I am not a huge fan of fish but my husband would love this. This would be the perfect dish to take to a family get together this summer! Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply
      April 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      It’s great to take along! The flavors get better when it is made ahead!

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    April 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    This dip looks yummy and I love that there is a gluten free option for a cracker! That is so nice for entertaining!

    • Reply
      April 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      It’s a great entertainment option!

  • Reply
    April 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    This dip looks so good! The perfect treat that is full of flavor but with a delicious gluten free cracker option.

    • Reply
      April 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      The crackers are amazing with this gluten free fish dip!

  • Reply
    April 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    oh yum!!! We had fish dip while visiting Florida last year and it was delicious!! Can’t wait to make this version at home!

    • Reply
      April 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      It’s so good! You will love it!

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