Smoked Mackerel Pâté

Smoked Mackerel Pate, Dip, cream cheese, Philadelphia, philly, frugal, omega 3, horseradsih cream

I’m always trying to make sure my family gets a weekly dose or two of oily fish as they are said to help protect us against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia. Oily fish are a good source of vitamin D, protein, some B vitamins and selenium. They’re also a rich source of omega-3, a type of fat good for our health. So when I saw a packet of smoked mackerel on my last shopping trip I got the urge to make some smoked mackerel pâté.

We had our pâté with some wholemeal pittas and cucumber but it would also be great served as a dip with crudités or bread sticks.

For more recipe inspiration using smoked mackerel check out these fabulous recipes from fellow bloggers: Creamy Leek, Spinach & Smoked Mackerel Savoury Crumble, White Bean and Smoked Mackerel Bruschetta, Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Plantain Stirfry, Smoked Mackerel Kedgeree, Mackerel Salad with Beetroot, Apple & Walnut and finally Warm Couscous, Roast Potato & Smoked Mackerel Salad.

Smoked Mackerel Pate, Dip, cream cheese, Philadelphia, philly, frugal, omega 3, horseradsih cream

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Smoked Mackerel Pâté
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A luscious Smoked Mackerel Pâté made with cream cheese, lemon juice and creamed horseradish sauce.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4-6
  • 200g Smoked mackerel fillets, skin removed
  • 90g Cream cheese (half a small tub)
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 2 tsp Creamed horseradish sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Break up the mackerel fillets and place them and all the other ingredients into a blender and whizz until evenly mixed. (I use my stick blender and beaker).
  2. Serve as a filling for pittas, sandwiches etc or as a dip.


Smoked Mackerel Pate, Dip, cream cheese, Philadelphia, philly, frugal, omega 3, horseradsih cream

As this dish is so frugal I’m entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and our host this month is Jo’s Kitchen.

Credit Crunch Munch

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  1. Phil Randall

    Smoked mackerel pate turned out great at Lobster party, will make again

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Phil, glad you enjoyed it:-)

  2. olivia kirby

    I really love smoked fish, love pates!

  3. Martina Evans

    Smoked mackerel pate is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Lisa Williams

    this looks fab I have always wondered about making a homemade pate thank you for the recipes

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lisa, this is like no pate you’ll have ever tasted, far better than anything you can buy:-)

  5. Jacqueline Roberts

    Love pate never tried mackerel pate

    1. Camilla

      Oh you have to try this:-)

  6. John Williams

    Sounds fresh.

  7. Ursula Hunt

    Great for the picnic recipe file

    1. Camilla

      Great Ursula:-)

  8. Maya Russell

    I have never tried mackerel pate. I think a freshly made one is the way to go.

  9. tiggerific1973

    I love pate but have never tried a fish one. I must have a go soon x

  10. Ursula Hunt

    Love pate on toast


    Yum yum! One of my faves!

  12. Ursula Hunt

    great and easy pate recipe

  13. Tara Watkins

    I love pate! Thank you for the recipe

  14. Emily Leary

    Sounds easy and tasty. Nice clear, bright photos too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily:-)

  15. Karen

    A favourite pate of mine too Camilla and yours looks amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thanks Karen;-)

  16. Claire @foodiequine

    I LOVE smoked Mackere! Had a pack of gorgeous oak smoked fillets last week and was debating making pate but went for fishcakes instead. next time!

    1. Camilla

      I bet they were good Claire:-)

  17. North East Family Fun

    My hubby would love this! I recently made trout pate and it wasn’t as hard as I thought!

    1. Camilla

      That sounds good too:-)

  18. Wendy

    That sounds delicious – I’m always on the lookout for new sandwich ideas, and that sounds ideal! Love mackerel.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes it’s easy to get into a groove with sandwich fillings!

  19. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Getting enough oily fish is so important. I love how easy this is to put together.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, it’s nice to have some simple recipes that turn something plain into something a bit different and more exciting:-)

  20. chantelle hazelden

    I love pate, I could eat it every day. Love this recipe seems very simple to make, thanks for sharing x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Chantelle:-)

  21. nazima

    What a clever idea- I don’t eat much mackerel but making it into a pate to have in sandwiches is a good way to benefit from all those veggies!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nazima;-)

  22. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Easy smoked mackerel paté is a party standby here at Cooksister HQ too! I also add a few drops of tabasco instead of the horseradish 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Ooh I’ll have to try that another time Jeanne:-)

  23. All That I'm Eating

    I love smoked mackerel and a classic dip with some nice bread (or sticks!) to dunk sounds perfect.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you get to try this recipe out:-)

  24. Kavey

    I love smoked fish pates! Creme fraiche or yoghurt are my favourite bases. And then it’s just a case of ringing the changes with different additions. So good!

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never tried with yogurt so might give that a whirl:-)

  25. Angela

    Oh I do love mackerel pate. We haven’t had it in a while so thanks for the reminder .

    1. Camilla

      Glad to have reminded you Angela:-)

  26. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    Lovely & healthy recipe, smoked mackerel pate is such a s good idea. Thank you for sharing this and linking to my recipe as well.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Margot and a pleasure as always;-)

  27. Janice

    Great minds think alike Camilla, I posted Smoked Mackerel Pate at the weekend. Always a lovely tasty option, yours looks very good. Thanks for including my Smoked Mackerel Kedgeree in your post.

    1. Camilla

      Janice, I saw that you had a purposefully didn’t visit the post as I’d already planned to do mine so didn’t want to be subconsciously influenced in any way! Can now go and visit LOL:-)

  28. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    We are huge fans of smoked mackerel pates (we use yoghurt) and make lots of lunch sandwiches with it.

    1. Camilla

      I’d over bought on the cream cheese front as it was on offer so it was a good opportunity to use some up LOL. Yogurt sounds like a great idea too:-)

  29. Fuss Free Helen

    Nothing like simply smoked mackerel pate. It is a regular in this house too.

    Lovely photos too – the new camera is making a difference!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, yes I love what my new camera can do with the depth of field business:-)

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