Mackerel pâté with quick pickled cucumber


1 pack essential Waitrose Peppered Smoked Mackerel Fillets
180g pack Philadelphia Light cream cheese
1 tbsp creamed horseradish
Zest of 1 and juice of ½ lemon
½ red onion, finely chopped
½ cucumber, seeds removed, finely sliced
½ tsp sugar
2 tsp chopped fresh dill
12 slices white or brown bread
Olive oil, to drizzle


1. Remove the skin from the mackerel fillets, then place the flesh into a food processor with the cream cheese, horseradish and lemon zest. Blitz until smooth. Spoon into a serving dish or large jar, or divide among 6 ramekins.

2. In a serving bowl, mix together the onion and cucumber with a large pinch of salt, the sugar, dill and lemon juice.

3. Preheat the grill to high. Halve each slice of bread and arrange on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with a little oil and grill, turning once, until toasted on both sides. Alternatively, use a griddle pan to toast and create grill marks on the bread. Serve alongside the mackerel pâté and pickled cucumber.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 as a starter

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,774kJ
Fat 20.1g
Saturated Fat 5.7g
Carbohydrate 39.7g
Sugars 6g
Protein 20.9g
Salt 2g
Fibre 2.7g

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