Quick and delicious Smoked Mackerel Pate recipe – this healthy snack or starter recipe is made with cream cheese, lemon and horseradish. Served with bread or salad it makes a delicious lunch.
Who’s your favourite TV chef? Of course, my love of Nigella knows no bounds, but I’m also a big Jamie Oliver fan.
I’m not THAT sure about the cheeky chappy banter, but I’ll always be grateful to him for introducing me to Smoked Mackerel Pate.
Some time ago, on TV, he urged people who didn’t like smoked fish to try Smoked Mackerel Pate, and I did. Oh my goodness, I’ve loved it ever since.
Smoked Mackerel Pate makes a fantastic light lunch or an easy starter for a dinner party meal (although honestly, I can’t remember the last time I made a starter, this used to be a fave in the days when I was good at entertaining – pre children!)
Also, surprisingly my children love this pate too. It’s worth giving it a try even if you think they may turn their noses up as it’s full of nutrients.
How do you make Smoked Mackerel Pate?
Smoked Mackerel Pate is such a simple dish to make. Just combine your Smoked Mackerel, flaked into pieces, with soft cheese, lemon, sea salt and pepper and some horseradish. Job done!
Some people mix in a food processor, but I prefer the rough texture of mixing by hand.
Mix with a fork until smooth and serve with bread, extra lemon and cress or salad.
Can you freeze Smoked Mackerel Pate?
Yes, I’ve successfully frozen this pate lots of times.
I portion it up into small Tupperware containers like this: 200ml Lunchboxe Containers on Amazon. Then freeze until needed. If you’re taking it as a packed lunch, just remove frozen in the morning and it should be ready to eat by lunchtime.
Be sure it’s full defrosted before serving.
Mix thoroughly before serving and perhaps refresh with a wedge of fresh lemon.
Tips for making the Smoked Mackerel Pate:
- Skinless boneless mackerel fillets are more expensive than regular fillets, but it’s worth hunting them out, otherwise you’ll have to pick bones out of the fish before mixing in. I sometimes buy the peppered version to add even more flavour.
- Microplane Zester – My secret weapon for any recipes with citrus zest in is my Microplane Zester. I know I’m a wimp but I used to hate making anything with lemon zest in before splashing out on one of these. They have SO many glowing reviews. You can buy them here on Amazon: Microplane Premium Zester.
- I like to serve this with bread or toast, or if I’m feeling super fancy, some bread griddled to get those pretty lines. I use my very hot griddle pan: Le Creuset Griddle Pan on Amazon (an investment purchase but I LOVE it and have used it every week for about 15 years!)
Fancy some other easy fish recipes? How about my Homemade Fish Fingers or my Sweet Potato Fish Pie?
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Chicken Enchiladas recipe. Please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below if you do.
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How to make the Smoked Mackerel Pate Recipe:
Smoked Mackerel Pate
- 180 g Skinless, boneless Smoked Mackerel fillets
- 100 g Cream cheese
- 1 Lemon Zest and juice
- 2 tsp Horseradish sauce
- Sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cress, lemon wedges, more black pepper
- Flake the smoked mackerel into small pieces and put with the other ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix together well with a fork and serve.
Michael Turner says
One Word ” Magic” absolutely delicious!!!
Lisa Harris says
I haven’t tried this yet, but this looks great. It looks like I have to prepare a 3 course menu for my catering course I am doing, and this a pate might be much lighter than soup. Will give this a go and serve it to my husband. He says he will be my guinea pig!! Ha ha!! 🙂
Thank you Sarah I tried your Flap Jack recipe delicious!!!! Also tried your chicken curry family loved it.. looking forward to trying more especially the chicken pie!
Just made this and it tastes delicious and so easy peasy. Thank you for the recipe
Dawn Q says
Just back from Cornwall in the Uk and had this a couple of times there so couldn’t wait to try this recipe. Tastes just as good. Amazing receive
Anything you could substitute for horseradish or just leave out ?
Sarah Barnes says
I think it really needs it to balance the flavours, but you do you! 🙂
Started to make this before I realised I didn’t have any cream cheese! However, I did have some creamy goats cheese which worked really well.
C may says
I made this for lunch but didn’t have any cream cheese so used crème fraiche. Didn’t have horseradish so used French mustard. Perfect!