Quick smoked mackerel & avocado pate

4 ingredients, 5 minutes! This quick & easy mackerel & avocado pate is a delicious lunch, or a sophisticated starter.

Sitting in the hairdresser’s chair at noon, listening to my tummy rumble, all I could think about was lunch! While I should have been watching the snipping scissors or making small-talk, I was fantasising about the contents of my fridge, and what I was going to eat just as soon as I got home!

Quick and simple

I had planned that classic quick lunch staple – a plate of random foods with crackers. However a sudden spark of inspiration made me combine some of the fridge contents together into this absolutely delicious pate. It only takes about 3 minutes to make, maybe 5 if you’re relaxed about it, which I wasn’t, as I was pretty desperate to eat the lot pronto.

Luckily for you, I managed to ignore my hunger pangs for just 5 more minutes while I snapped some pictures. I can assure you that once they were done, I scoffed the whole thing down in a matter of seconds!

A great combination

This pate basically contains a selection of my favourite lunchtime foods, so it’s not terribly surprising that I loved it. However I do think that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The pate is creamy with avocado, but has just enough texture from the smoked mackerel to retain some bite. I was going to add a squeeze of lemon, but after tasting, I decided it didn’t need it. Feel free to add it to your taste though.

Make it fancy!

I ate this wonderful avocado & mackerel pate with some cherry tomatoes, which added a little acidity, as well as some sweetness. They went really well together! If you wanted to make this into a fancy starter, you could serve it inside little hollowed-out tomatoes. Fancy.

Since this would be a terrific Pesach lunch, I’ve shown it here with matza crackers. You could also serve a dollop inside a jacket potato. And the rest of the year, it’s great spread on toast, tortilla wraps, ryvita, you name it! You could even eat it as a dip, with crudite veggies for scooping.

This makes enough for two as a starter or snack, or one really ravenous Jewish mummy.

4 ingredients, 5 minutes! This quick & easy mackerel & avocado pate is a delicious snack or starter that's perfect for Pesach or all year round.

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Quick smoked mackerel and avocado pate

Course Lunch, Starter
Cuisine European
Keyword avocado, mackerel
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 310kcal
Author Helen


  • 1 smoked mackerel fillet
  • ½ medium avocado
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Squeeze of lemon juice to taste (optional)


  • Remove the skin from the mackerel fillet and break it into pieces.
  • Peel the avocado and chop it into chunks.
  • Put the mackerel and avocado into a mini chopper with the cream cheese and mayonnaise, and pulse a few times to combine into a rough pate. Alternatively, mash everything together with a fork.
  • Taste and add lemon juice if desired.
  • Serve with toast, crackers, or crudites for dipping.

Other quick lunch ideas featuring smoked mackerel and/or avocado include avocado toast with smoked mackerel and lime, courgetti with avocado pesto and baby tomatoes, and avocado salad with oranges, olives and watercress. You might also like this smoked mackerel pate without the avocado.

Quick smoked mackerel & avocado pate (Pesach)


  1. Made smoked mackerel and was too salty so thought I should add avocado to make it less salty ? Is that a good idea ?

    • Ah, I think I misunderstood. Certainly adding avocado will dilute the amount of salt in the pate overall, and it does go well with mackerel. I think it’s probably worth a go! Good luck!

  2. Made mackerel pate but a bit salty so thought avocado would make it less salty ?

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  5. I love smoked mackerel, this is great recipe… than you for sharing this 🙂

  6. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I love using avocado to make dips – everything’s better with avocado! 🙂

  7. Would never have thought to put avocado in mackeral pate but I really like the idea so must try this:-)

  8. Absolutely delicious Helen, I am going to make this as a starter when we have friends at the weekend. I’ve just started smoking our own mackerel so it will be a great chance to try it out 🙂

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