Mackerel spread
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Mackerel spread


I love smoked mackerel! Mackerel is a really oily fish which makes it ideal for smoking. Today I am using these beautiful Scottish smoked mackerel fillets to make an incredible mackerel spread, to serve on your party, to have as a snack or just for a Sunday breakfast! I’m serving mine on Scottish Oatcakes, but feel free to use crackers, toast or anything else.


  • 1

    Take the skin off the mackerel and peel the meat into chunks. Check carefully for remaining bones.

  • 2

    Add the mayonnaise, onion, granny smith, mustard, chives, spring onion, capers and lemon juice to the mackerel and mix until you have a rough spread. Season with salt and pepper.

  • 3

    Divide the spread over the toasts and garnish with red onion rings, basil leaves and extra chives. Finish the snacks with lemon zest. Enjoy!


  • - 2 smoked mackerel fillets, skin on

  • - 2 tbsp. mayonnaise

  • - 2 small onions, finely chopped

  • - 1 granny smith apple, finely chopped

  • - 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

  • - 10 chive sprigs, finely chopped

  • - 1 spring onion, roughly chopped

  • - 1 tbsp. capers

  • - zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

  • - 1 red onion, in rings

  • - 10 basil leaves

  • - salt and pepper

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  • 2 persons