Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

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(25 ratings)

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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13th Jan, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous. Boyfriend loved it!
28th Oct, 2016
Really easy, and simple starter, very light and tasty. Perfect start to a meal.
3rd Feb, 2016
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.
21st Mar, 2015
Delicious! And so quick and easy :)
20th Dec, 2014
Absolutely delicious. Will be making this again and again.
9th Jun, 2014
Fantastic and super easy. Made this in no time for a dinner party starter that everyone loved. Will be making it again.
20th May, 2014
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.
5th Mar, 2014
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.
22nd Dec, 2013
Really tasty and unbelievably simple and quick. Made as per the recipe using dill and creme fresh. Will definitely be making it again.
31st Jul, 2013
This is really delicious, definitely one to recommend for pre-dinner nibbles.


26th Sep, 2017
By soft cheese do you mean cream cheese? I live in Australia - the term soft cheese covers everything from ricotta to brie. Many thanks.
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27th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, this recipe calls for cream cheese. We hope you enjoy it!
18th Dec, 2015
Can this be made the day before. Many thanks
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22nd Dec, 2015
Yes you can make this a day ahead then keep well covered in the fridge. 
6th Dec, 2013
H. Can this pâté be frozen and then used for christmas? Thanks
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18th Dec, 2013
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. 
28th Oct, 2016
Make a few hours earlier to allow the flavours to develop. Keep in the fridge to firm up before serving