Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

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Prep: 5 mins No cook


Serves 4 as a starter, 8 as a dip
Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal225
  • fat18.9g
  • saturates11.6g
  • carbs0.2g
  • sugars11.6g
  • fibre0.2g
  • protein13.6g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 150g smoked salmon, trimmings are fine
  • 200g tub soft cheese
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche, only if you have some
  • juice half a lemon



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

  • small bunch dill or chives, chopped
  • breadsticks or granary toast, to serve


  1. If you aren’t using smoked salmon trimmings then chop the salmon into small pieces. Tip the soft cheese, crème fraîche (if using) and lemon juice into a food processor, season generously with black pepper and blitz to your liking. Add the smoked salmon and pulse a few times if you want the paté chunky or blitz some more if you want the paté smooth and pink.

  2. Stir the herbs into the paté and spoon into a large or four smaller bowls and serve with warm toast as a starter or with breadsticks as a dip.

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Comments (20)

lindapalmer1's picture

Really easy, and simple starter, very light and tasty. Perfect start to a meal.

kitoulini's picture

Excellent and easy recipe, as is.
I just added a little lemon zest for a fresher taste and drops of vodka for a little kick, but these additions were not necessary-the original recipe is great.

turron's picture

Delicious! And so quick and easy :)

MandTW's picture

Absolutely delicious. Will be making this again and again.

niamh93's picture

Fantastic and super easy. Made this in no time for a dinner party starter that everyone loved. Will be making it again.

laxtitute's picture

This is the best and easiest starter recipe ever. It takes absolutely no time or effort to prepare yet people really raved about it. Such a lovely, creamy rich taste of smoked salmon. I will definitely be using this one time and time again.

Kagzmac's picture

Really tasty. We had this for our Christmas dinner starter and I make it regularly for a quick lunch, a snack or even for work. I make it with lactofree soft cheese and it's a winner with the whole family.

annaoak's picture

Really tasty and unbelievably simple and quick. Made as per the recipe using dill and creme fresh. Will definitely be making it again.

Ameliaaargh's picture

This is really delicious, definitely one to recommend for pre-dinner nibbles.

beechess's picture

did this - found it is better if made a few hours before it is needed. Also added really finely chopped sweet peppers - yummy

rachelvstaddon's picture

I just used dried chives instead of fresh herbs, and had no creme fraiche, but was completely amazed at this delicious recipe! I was worried it would be too cheesy from the cream cheese, but it blended perfectly with the smoked salmon. I couldn't resist having this for my lunches at work for several weeks!

jane198082f's picture

I made this dish last night for the first time, to share with friends. It went down very well. It is easy to make, I will make it again.

jwadley's picture

we were very pleasantly surprised with this easy dish the instructions were easy to follow and very clear would definitely make again.

millymolly's picture

Works very well with smoked mackerel.

Ameliaaargh's picture

Nice idea, will definitely try that.

benlomond's picture

Great nibble/starter. Beats Markies hands down.
Sooooo easy and tasty

abjohnston's picture

I make this regularly always enjoyed so easy to make and never fails to please.

weaholt's picture

Nice but I won't use as much lemon juice next time

kay_sutherland's picture

Using SMOKED KIPPERS instead of smoked salmon is a delicious option - gives a heartier flavour

michelle-42's picture

Making this as one of 3 canapes for a progressive (we are going from house to house for each course) dinner. I have tasted it, and it is delicious. Making my own breadsticks in the breadmachine. I love the fact that it is quick!

Questions (4)

debbie196401's picture

Can this be made the day before.
Many thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Yes you can make this a day ahead then keep well covered in the fridge.


Claireallen2k's picture

H. Can this pâté be frozen and then used for christmas? Thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Claire, 

For best results we wouldn't recommend freezing the paté, it will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container though.

Have a merry Christmas. 

Tips (1)

lindapalmer1's picture

Make a few hours earlier to allow the flavours to develop. Keep in the fridge to firm up before serving