Smoked Mackerel Pate

This couldn’t be easier. Smoked mackerel is still cheap even when it’s a quality posh version, and this will be much nicer with a really deep-flavoured fish, properly hot-smoked and not just with some smoke-tasting chemicals thrown on it. This means buying it from a fishmonger – I have a great one called Brighton and Newhaven Fish near me – or a good supermarket, (ahem, Waitrose). Having said that, if all you can get is cheap mackerel it will still taste pretty good. The cream cheese can be plain old Philadelphia or similar. I use an own-brand version that costs 40p!

I’m not going to beat about the bush, I’m just going to get on with it. This will serve four people as part of a lunch spread.

  • 100g smoked mackerel
  • 4 tablespooons (or 60g if you prefer to weigh it) of cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp (60g) of Greek yoghurt
  • Zest of one lemon – save a bit for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • chilli flakes if you want. I do.

Mash everything together with a fork. Or try it in a blender if you like things smooth. Garnish with zest and chilli flakes – for some reason this really makes a difference.


It’s particularly good with some crunchy biscuits, try my oatcakes. My boyfriend’s eyes lit up when he tried this combination, and I can’t stop eating it at the moment… give me more….

creamy mackerel pate



Unbelievably quick and tasty Smoked Mackerel Pate
  1. 100g smoked mackerel
  2. 60g / 4 tbsp cream cheese
  3. 60g / 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  4. Zest of one lemon
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. Lemon zest and chilli flakes to garnish.
  1. Mash everything together. Eat.
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