Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

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Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

Here we are, finally the end of term and the very first day of Summer holidays! Unfortunately, it rained and rained a lot! 🙁 It’s been such a crazy week here due to some house renovations I won’t bore you with and all I needed today for me and my boys was some sunshine. Anyway… that’s enough of my moaning.

To cut the long story short, I haven’t really had much time to focus on food or blogging for that matter during the past week as I’ve been spending my evenings covered in dust and paint. We are almost there now though and I felt it was ok to take an evening off for a bit of blogging, hence my quick recipe for delicious Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is super simple yet so delicious. I am a big fan of spreads and pastes as sandwich fillings but also as a moreish addition to an oatcake or a cracker. My Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté is one of those spreads. It’s quick and easy to prepare so you can enjoy it in no time. Do I need to mention its obvious health benefits related to Omega-3s? I don’t claim, however, it’s a super healthy snack as it does contain full fat mayo which you can always substitute with lower fat version or perhaps with half mayo half natural yoghurt.

Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

If you’ve taken a look at my blog before and perhaps browsed through other recipes you might have come across at smoked mackerel and horseradish flavour combination before in my Smoked Mackerel Quiche with Horseradish It is such a perfect marriage of flavours and as you can tell something I really, really like. 😉 My recipe calls for a tablespoon of horseradish which lets its flavour come through gently without too much heat. Feel free to adjust the quantity if you prefer things a bit more spicy!

Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

This spread is super portable and doesn’t take much space in your picnic basket packed in a small plastic or glass container together with some oatcakes. Pack it together with my Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto or Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Turkey Rolls  for perfect picnic experience. 🙂

Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

Yield: 4 snack size servings.


  • 200g smoked mackerel fillets
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • juice of quarter - half a lemon (depending on your taste)
  • 3 spring onions (green parts only) + more as garnish
  • 1 Tbsp cream of horseradish
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Take the skin of the mackerel and tear the fish into small pieces then pop them in a bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly with mayonnaise, and horseradish.
  3. Add juice of quarter of a lemon and mix thoroughly. Have a little taste and add more lemon juice if required.
  4. Wash and chop finely your green onions and mix it with the fish.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with some oatcakes, fresh radishes and more spring onions or in a sandwich.
  7. Enjoy!

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Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté


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  • Reply Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    I love horseradish but do not have it very often, this needs to change. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
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    July 28, 2017 at 8:36 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Kirsty! Horseradish cuts through the richness of the fish which works really nicely. I just love it! x

      July 28, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Vicky | The Flourishing Pantry

    This sounds amazing, I have really got into making my own pate and did a liver one at Christmas. I must give this a try! Thanks for sharing, found you via #RecipeOfTheWeek x

    July 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Hi Vicky, Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂 I love pate and beside this one chicken livers is my other favourite. I highly recommend smoked mackerel and horseradish combo, oh so good. 🙂 x

      July 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply ema

    One of my favourites – love mackerel pate 🙂

    July 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Ema! 🙂 It’s mine too! x

      August 1, 2017 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Corina

    It looks delicious! I haven’t had horseradish for years as I wasn’t keen on it when I was a child so I’ve avoided it ever since. However, looking at this and reading about it does make me want to try it again. I suspect it’s one of those things I’d then fall in love with! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    July 30, 2017 at 6:08 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Corina! Horseradish is not overpowering here at all and fish definitely takes the centre stage. It cuts through the smokiness of the rich mackerel nicely though, making you wonder, mmm what’s that? Oh horseradish! 😉 Give it a go, you might just like it! xx

      August 1, 2017 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    I love recipes like this – really simple to make but looks (and I assume tastes) absolutely amazing! Really need to try that smoked mackerel and horseradish combo too – sounds fab! Eb x
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    July 31, 2017 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Eb! You’ve got to give this combo a go, it really is delicious! x

      August 1, 2017 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Jacqui

    love smoked mackerel pate and you have made it look so pretty. Im not sure it would have been the easiest thing to shoot. I bet the crunch of radish is lovely with it will have to try remember next time i serve it.
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    August 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jacqui! It is too good, isn’t it? I’m still getting to grips with whole food photography thing as well as my camera, winging it most of the time 😉 Radishes are really nice here but someone on Insta suggested beetroot which I never though of but think would actually work really lovely too. x

      August 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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