Mackerel Pate on toast ©Laura Edwards
Photography/Laura Edwards

Mackerel Pâté Recipe

This mackerel pâté is smoky, citrusy and deliciously creamy. Perfect piled high on slabs of good toast. Yum!


An easy food recipe that you will be able to mix up in less than 10 minutes.


  • 300g smoked mackerel fillets
  • 75g good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1 lime (juice of)
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. Remove the skin from the mackerel and break up the flesh into a food processor. I tend to break the fish in half and run my finger down the spine to check for any bones.
  2. Add the mayo and lime juice, then season with pepper.
  3. Whizz until you have a smooth pâté. (You can also mash the mixture with a fork, as my mum has done for years. The result is equally delicious but the texture will be a little coarser.)
  4. Serve with toast, cress and lemon wedges for squeezing over.

How to cheat...

Stop loafing around

If you are pressed for time, why not use pre-bought toast croustades from the supermarket (tiny toast cups) to spoon your mackerel pâté into.

Get ahead

This recipe is perfect to make the night before and keep in a sealed container in the fridge until you need it.

How to show off...

Great garnish

Using a peeler make cucumber ribbons and add them when serving your pâté. Sliced baby beetroots also work really well.

Spice it up!

To give your pâté an extra kick, add a dash of paprika or cayenne pepper.

Need to know...

Here are the things you have been asking...answered by team cuirl.

Where can I buy Gatherings by Flora Sheddon?

Gatherings by Flora Sheddon published by Mitchell Beazley, hardback, £25.

What if I don’t have a food processor?

Take a leaf out of Flora’s mum’s book and use the back of a fork.

What if I don’t have a scale?

300 grams of smoked mackerel is usually one large pack from the supermarket. A tablespoon of mayonnaise is around 15 grams so for this recipe you need five.

What cocktail recipe would go well with mackerel pâté?

Sharp sweet blackberries cut through the oily, earthy flavours of smoked fish so why not try our Bramble cocktail recipe.

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