Lox Bagels

There are two types of people in this world.  Those who wake up and don’t need to eat breakfast.  And those who need to eat breakfast immediately.  Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows that I am in the second camp.  Most mornings I wake up starving.  Sometimes my stomach is actually growling when I wake.  Seriously.  Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I do not understand those people who can go until lunch before eating (husband, I am talking about you).

Weekends breakfasts are a favorite in our house.  Most mornings, we have a large homemade breakfast.  When Matt cooks, that means pancakes.  But when I am in charge, it means lox bagels.

i want to eat you.

Lox bagels are the perfect mix of healthy and fatty.  I rationalize that eating essentially a loaf of bread (looking at you bagel) is ok because its topped with salmon.  And salmon is good for you. (Is anyone surprised how I get chubby?)

An authentic lox bagel is brined salmon, not smoked.  But we do both.  And largely it depends on what is available in our fridge.  Still, Matt prefers the lox, and I go back and forth between lox and smoked.   But either lox or smoked salmon, this recipe is a great one for a toddler to put together.  JR is a pro at tossing the bagel slices into the toaster.  Once toasted, I’ll put a thin layer of cream cheese on each slice.  Then JR will place capers, tomatoes, and the lox across each of the bagels.

Not only is the recipe toddler friendly to create, JR and Max love eating it.  And, with Max being allergic to eggs, finding breakfast food that Max can eat can be a challenge.  Having this as a go-to meal that both boys can eat makes breakfast time far more seamless.  We recommend that you give it a try!

my happy baby bird
enjoying his hard work


  • Bagels (any kind)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Capers
  • Tomatoes (best to have roma or larger but cherry will do in a pinch)
  • Lox or smoked salmon


1. Toast bagel to desired toastieness.  While toasting, slice tomatoes.

2. Spread cream cheese on each side.

3. Layer capers, tomatoes, and lox on each side.

4. Enjoy!

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