Mackerel Pâté Recipe with Pickled Beetroot

Smoked mackerel pâté with cucumber and pickled beetroot

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This smoked mackerel pâté is really easy to make but packs in a lot of flavour. Served with cucumber and pickled beetroot make it a bit more special



  • skinless peppered smoked mackerel fillets 3 (about a 250g pack)
  • creamed horseradish 1 tbsp
  • crème fraîche 2 tbsp
  • lemon 1, juiced
  • rye bread thickly sliced, toasted to serve


  • candied or regular beetroot 1, peeled
  • white wine vinegar 150ml
  • golden caster sugar 150g
  • cucumber 1
  • lemon ½, juiced
  • coriander a handful of leaves, to serve
  • chilli flakes to serve


  • Step 1

    Use a mandoline to slice the beetroot finely into discs, or carefully slice with a sharp knife, and put into a shallow dish.

  • Step 2

    Bring the white wine vinegar and sugar to the boil in a small pan. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved.

  • Step 3

    Pour the mixture over the beetroot and leave until the liquid has completely cooled, about 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.

  • Step 4

    Using a peeler, shave long ribbons of cucumber, discarding the first, skin-only ribbon. Put them into a shallow dish, toss with the lemon juice and season.

  • Step 5

    Put the mackerel, horseradish, crème fraîche and lemon juice into a food processor and whizz until you have a smooth consistency. Add more horseradish if you like. Serve with the toasted rye bread and top with the pickled beetroot and dressed cucumber. Sprinkle over the coriander and chilli flakes.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 327
  • Fat 19.9g
  • Saturates 5.9g
  • Sugars 21.6g
  • Fibre 1g
  • Protein 14.7g
  • Salt 1g