Super simple Mackerel Pate

Essentially this is a 3 ingredient, almost instant, pate. That’s right this is basically smoked mackerel, lemon and cream cheese.

It’s perfect in this it’s simplest form but I do like to tinker with my recipes, so I’ve come up with a few variations over the years.

I’m going to share my favourites with you. You’re welcome. But I say go a little off-piste, experiment and have fun making this your own.

Simple Mackerel Pate Recipe

Serves 4 – 6, depending on appetite


  • 1 packet of smoked mackerel
  • A couple of tablespoons of cream cheese (I use full fat)
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon

Extras you might like to try, although I wouldn’t recommend adding all of them at the same time…

  • Capers
  • Jalapenos (from a jar) chopped
  • Mild fresh red chilli chopped
  • Finely chopped chives
  • Chopped parsley
  • Finely chopped red onion or spring onion
  • Loads of freshly ground black pepper


  • First of all remove the skin from the mackerel and any larger bones.
  • Now put all of your ingredients into a bowl and mash. Add more cream cheese if it isn’t creamy enough for you. And voila, you’ve made mackerel pate.

To serve…

  • Fresh baguette (buy par-baked and you can enjoy it still warm from the oven)
  • Wholemeal toast triangles
  • Oatcakes
  • Crackers
  • Celery sticks
  • Apple slices (I love apple with smoked fish)
  • Or just slather it into a sandwich and pile with salad leaves

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