Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats

Cool Summer Snack: Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats


  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
  • Everything Bagel seasoning, to taste


1. Prepare the Cucumber:

  • Wash and dry the cucumber.
  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, creating a hollow center in each half.

2. Fill with Cream Cheese:

  • Spoon the whipped cream cheese into the hollowed-out center of each cucumber half.
  • Use a knife or spatula to spread the cream cheese evenly.

3. Add Seasoning:

  • Sprinkle Everything Bagel seasoning generously over the cream cheese.

4. Serve:

  • Cut the cucumber halves into bite-sized pieces for easy snacking.
  • Arrange on a platter and serve immediately.


  • For added flavor, you can mix herbs or minced garlic into the cream cheese before filling the cucumbers.
  • This snack can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours before serving. Just sprinkle the Everything Bagel seasoning right before serving to keep it fresh and crunchy.

Achieving the perfect Delightful Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats involves a balance of freshness, flavor, and presentation. Here are 30 secrets to help you master this recipe:


  1. Select Fresh Cucumbers: Choose firm, unblemished cucumbers for the best texture.
  2. Even Size: Select cucumbers of similar size for uniform presentation and cooking time.
  3. Chill Cucumbers: Refrigerate cucumbers before use to enhance their crispness.
  4. Clean Thoroughly: Wash cucumbers thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides.
  5. Pat Dry: Ensure cucumbers are dry to avoid watering down the cream cheese filling.

Cutting and Scooping

  1. Halve Evenly: Cut the cucumber evenly lengthwise for a uniform look.
  2. Scoop Carefully: Use a spoon to gently remove the seeds without breaking the cucumber halves.
  3. Uniform Hollowing: Ensure the hollowed sections are of equal depth for even filling distribution.

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. Whip the Cream Cheese: Whip the cream cheese until light and airy for a smoother texture.
  2. Flavor Infusions: Mix herbs (like dill or chives) into the cream cheese for added flavor.
  3. Garlic Addition: Mince a clove of garlic for a subtle kick in the filling.
  4. Lemon Zest: Add a pinch of lemon zest to the cream cheese for a refreshing twist.
  5. Room Temperature Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature for easy spreading.

Filling the Cucumbers

  1. Use a Piping Bag: For a neat and professional look, use a piping bag to fill the cucumber boats.
  2. Spread Evenly: Ensure the cream cheese is evenly spread to avoid overflowing.
  3. Avoid Overfilling: Fill just enough to keep the presentation clean and avoid messiness.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

  1. Homemade Seasoning: Make your own Everything Bagel seasoning for a personalized touch.
  2. Season Generously: Sprinkle generously for a burst of flavor in every bite.
  3. Even Distribution: Ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed over the cream cheese.


  1. Slice Evenly: Cut the cucumber boats into even pieces for a uniform appearance.
  2. Garnish with Herbs: Add fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for an extra touch of color.
  3. Use Lemon Wedges: Garnish with lemon wedges for a vibrant presentation.

Flavor Enhancements

  1. Add Heat: Sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of spice.
  2. Smoked Salmon: Add small pieces of smoked salmon for a luxurious touch.
  3. Cherry Tomatoes: Halve cherry tomatoes and place them on top for added freshness.
  4. Olive Slices: Add sliced olives for a Mediterranean twist.

Serving Tips

  1. Serve Chilled: Keep the cucumber boats chilled until serving to maintain freshness.
  2. Use a Platter: Serve on a chilled platter to keep the boats cool during your event.
  3. Portion Control: Pre-portion into bite-sized pieces for easy serving and eating.
  4. Serve Immediately: For the best texture and flavor, serve immediately after preparation.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  1. Can I prepare these in advance?
    • Yes, prepare the cucumber boats and store them in the fridge. Add the Everything Bagel seasoning just before serving to keep it crunchy.
  2. Can I use low-fat cream cheese?
    • Yes, low-fat or non-fat cream cheese works well and can be a healthier alternative.
  3. What other vegetables can I use?
    • Bell peppers, zucchini, or celery sticks can also be used as vessels for the cream cheese filling.
  4. How long can I store leftovers?
    • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day. However, they are best enjoyed fresh.
  5. Can I add protein?
    • Absolutely! Add smoked salmon, turkey slices, or ham for added protein.

By following these secrets and tips, you’ll master the art of creating Delightful Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats that are perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the refreshing and savory flavors of this easy-to-make snack