Smoked mackerel pâté with French bread & horseradish

Smoked mackerel pâté with French bread & horseradish

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 2
This relaxed starter can be whizzed up in just 15 minutes - and it won't break the bank either

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal440
  • fat41g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.26g
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    For the pate

    • 25g unsalted butter, melted



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • zest ½ lemon



      Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

    • 160g pack smoked mackerel (split fillets), skinned
    • 1 spring onion, roughly chopped
      Spring onions

      Spring onion

      sp-ring un-yun

      Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

    For the horseradish butter

    • 15g unsalted butter, plus extra to serve



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 1 tsp hot horseradish sauce, plus extra to serve
    • 1 tsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus a few leaves



      One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

    • French bread, to serve


    1. Tip the melted butter, lemon zest, mackerel and spring onion into a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into a ramekin and smooth the top.

    2. For the topping, melt the 15g butter with the horseradish, then stir in the parsley. Carefully spoon over the pâté to cover it. Press some parsley leaves on top, grind over some black pepper and chill to set the butter. Serve the ramekin of pâté with French bread, butter and extra horseradish sauce.

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    Comments (19)

    amesishere's picture

    Quick and simple to make. I followed the recipient exactly and it was delicious. Will definitely make again.

    dnkw's picture

    2 mackerel fillets fits one large ramekin. Lovely dish!

    saraik's picture

    I made this without the horseradish butter and it was still delicious!

    The fact that it was so quick and easy to make is another bonus.

    Highly recommend!

    katycooks's picture

    So simple, so quick and SO tasty! No complaints about this at all.

    laurasimone's picture

    Forgot to rate!

    laurasimone's picture

    My other half loves this recipe. It's very easy to make and only takes minutes, a good dinner party starter or quick lunch.

    crepello1957's picture

    Made this & it was very easy. I added horseradish to the main mix & a lot of black pepper & a clove of garlic (because I love garlic)
    The horseradish butter was really good. Wondered how long it kept, but needn't have as it was eaten in a day. Great to take to work for lunch.
    Froze some & will see what that's like, if it's good I will do a large quantity so we have some on hand for emergencies.

    boistizon's picture

    Really nice, tho I added extra lemon and zest to cut through the oily taste of the fish, Would definitely do again, a tasty cheap starter to a meal, or a nice quick lunch!

    margaretforman's picture

    What a fabulous recipe! I followed this exactly and it went down a bomb at a dinner party! Not bad for a nervous cook who won't try anything unless shown!

    currie007's picture

    I went for a lower fat option. Replaced the butter and wizzed in a teaspoon of light soft cheese. Added a pinch of cayene pepper and left out the lemon rind. S'pose it's a different recipe, but it tastes tip top. Might wiz a slice of a cox or a bramley apple with it next time. What about dropping in a couple of walnuts?

    ntlyle's picture

    This recipe tasted great and was fairly simple. The only reason for 4 stars not 5 is that a had trouble combining the melted butter and horseradish so the topping looked a bit lumpy, didn't affect the taste though.

    mollym's picture

    lovely starter and freezes well for a month. I just top with the melted butter and make horseradish creme when serving.

    missymorgan's picture

    Love it - make it loads. It's simple, but very tasty. We have it with toated wholewheat muffins.

    debailleul's picture

    Fantastic recipe, so simple and very tasty, we will be making this again. !!

    christabella's picture

    Made this several times, great tasting and very simple to make

    finder's picture

    Anyway know how log this will keep? I guessing a day ahead would be ok

    I like it - it's nice and simple to make and tasty too

    isabel22's picture

    Followed recipe, was ok but not a favorite!

    ukberni's picture

    Simple, tasty and pretty impressive too! I already have more smoked mackerel to do it again!

    pissaladiere's picture

    This is a very simple and tasty recipe. I have made it at least five times and the reaction has always been very positive. Even if the horseradish is served separately, it is still excellent.

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