Smoked Mackerel With A Kick recipe

More than a lunchtime snack – This snack ‘ Smoked mackerel with a kick’ is one of my favourites and stems from the time when I was still living in the Netherlands. We used to sell it from the fish counters over the weekends and it was one of the best sellers. I have adapted it slightly as in the Netherlands you make it with Indonesian sambal and ketchup. If you don’t feel like messing about in the kitchen too much you can use Hot Chili & Jalapeño relish instead.

cambridge food tour smoked mackerel pate

I love smoked mackerel. It is not always easy to get it in Cambridge, apart from the fishmongers or at the market. However, smoked mackerel is very popular within the Polish community so, with a growing number of Polish delicatessen shops in Cambridge, you will always be able to get hold of it. I buy mine at the the Polish delicatessen shop on Chesterton Road. Although they sell a large variety of Polish food, they do sell Italian and Asian food too.

This snack is not only delicious, but it only takes 5 minutes to make! Perfect for a quick snack, but it works well as a starter or part of a buffet too.


1 small smoked mackerel
1 small onion or shallot
3 teaspoons of red jalapeño peppers
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
3 teaspoons of tomato ketchup
1 sweet red pepper

How to make it

Put the jalapeño peppers, sweet pepper and onion in a blender and chop until fine. Take the skin of the mackerel and debone. Add it to the mixture add the lemon juice and ketchup. Mix it. Season it with salt. Ready to eat!

Serve with nice toasted crusty bread. Enjoy!



Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram