Smoked Fish Pate

Hot Smoked Salmon Pate

I shouldn’t really be calling this a pate. For a start it’s incredibly nutritious and low fat and we all know that pate well, isn’t. As much as I love rich, meaty pates, rillets and the like, sometimes, I crave something a bit lighter. This is probably one of only a handful of meals that we eat regularly. Being so obsessed with food and cooking means that we don’t often eat the same thing twice from week to week. This is a favourite because it’s fast, super healthy and totally delicious.

Smoked Mackerel Pate

I’ve made two flavours here, a smoked mackerel and a hot smoked salmon. The flaked fish is simply mixed with some natural yoghurt, capers, spring onions, herbs and a squeeze of lemon. If you are in the mood for something a little richer, just use crème fraiche in place of the yoghurt, it’s really good.

I used dill in these fishy pots today but I have used tarragon in the past, which makes a nice variation. The combinations are endless really. You could add some finely chopped cornichons for example, a spoonful of horseradish, some wholegrain mustard………

We like to eat the pate with some toasted sunflower seed bread – it has a great texture and contains rye flour which stands up well to the mackerel. Perfect with a green side salad and pickles.

Smoked Fish Pate

Smoked mackerel fillets
Hot smoked salmon fillets
Dill, chopped (or tarragon or other herbs)
Lemon juice
Spring onions, finely chopped
Natural yoghurt or crème fraiche
Bread, to serve

-Flake the fish in separate bowls and add capers, spring onions, dill, a good grind of pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Some of the lemon zest is nice too.
-Mix everything together and then add enough yoghurt to bind it together.
-Serve in ramekins with hot toast.

Category: Fish, Gluten-free, Healthy, Pâtés, Terrines and Things of That Ilk., Snacks, Starters 13 comments »

13 Responses to “Smoked Fish Pate”

  1. Jessica

    That looks delicious! Its really nice and light.

  2. Kalyn

    It sounds just wonderful for lunch!

  3. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    First visit here, and already I am seduced and want to make this dish! I found a source for hot smoked salmon yesterday, and now here is this wonderful recipe. When the herb garden is in season (we’re still a couple of months away), it will be fun to play around with various possibilities. Thanks!

  4. Peter

    This is the second recipe I’ve seen with smoked mackerel…luv it!

  5. Pixie

    Your dishes make me want to eat healthier, which of course, is a very good thing. Unfortunately, I love baking too much to let it go. lol

    This looks wonderful and it’s quite an inspiring lunch. I usually just have soup or a sand.

  6. johanna

    ah! looove smoked fish pate and haven’t made this in ages… just the thing for the upcoming weekend! the pumpernickel bread goes very well with it, i bet, definitely something I’ll try!

  7. Helen

    Jessica – Yes, this is a light version – I think I mgith even prefer it to the cremier original.
    Kalyn – I could eat this at any time of day to be honest. Well, maybe not for breakfast…..
    Lydia – Thanks for stopping by! You are so lucky to have a herb garden. I’m going to try and set one up on my balcony.
    Peter – I love smoked mackerel too, it’s so versatile and you can get all sorts of smoked fish nowadays.
    Johanna – The pumpernickel bread does go very well. I hope you try it.

  8. Helen

    Pixie! Oh I’ll never let go of the baking don’t worry!

  9. Wendy

    Oh, this looks and sounds divine! Another bookmarked recipe from your lovely blog. :)

  10. kittie

    I found your blog a wee while ago, but this is the first time I’ve had time for a proper look through :) I’ve already found about 10 things I want to make – and this is definitely one of them! :)

  11. JB


    Try it as a filling to a potato baked in its jacket

  12. Helen

    Hi JB – that’s a fantastic idea – thankyou.

  13. Kimberly Spencer

    That’s a wonderful blog entry, thanks for sharing. We just started a blog ourselves and I’m a complete newbie at this so kudos for such a good job on your blog! Good read by the way, thanks again for your efforts, I very much appreciated reading your thoughts. :-)

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