Mackerel Paste (Pasta z makreli): A Quick and Tasty Spread

by Jan Vasil

Mackerel paste is a delicious and nutritious spread, perfect for crackers, bread, or even as a dip for vegetables. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, mackerel is not only tasty but also offers a multitude of health benefits.

This recipe provides a simple and quick way to prepare mackerel paste, ensuring you get a burst of flavor in every bite!

Mackerel Paste (Pasta z makreli): A Quick and Tasty Spread

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: All Recipes, Appetisers


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  • 300 g 300 smoked mackerel or fillets

  • 2 tablespoons 2 mayonnaise (adjust according to your preference)

  • 1 tablespoon 1 lemon juice or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Dijon mustard (optional)

  • 1 small 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh herbs (like dill or parsley), finely chopped (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon 1 capers, drained and chopped (optional)

  • A dash of hot sauce or chili flakes for a kick (optional)


  • In a mixing bowl, flake the mackerel with a fork, ensuring there are no large chunks.
  • Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard (if using), and chopped shallot. Mix well until the ingredients are combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • If you’re using any of the optional ingredients like herbs, capers, or hot sauce, add them now and mix well.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Transfer the mackerel paste to a serving dish or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Serve with crackers, bread, or veggies. Enjoy!

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Can I use fresh mackerel for this recipe?

Yes, you can! If using fresh mackerel, make sure to cook it first (either grilled, baked, or steamed) until it’s fully cooked. Let it cool, then proceed with the recipe.

How long does the mackerel paste last in the refrigerator?

The paste can last for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze the mackerel paste?

While it’s possible to freeze, the texture might change once thawed. It’s best consumed fresh or within the recommended refrigeration period.

I am not a fan of mayonnaise. Can I substitute it with something else?

Absolutely! You can replace the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or sour cream for a tangier taste.

Can I add other ingredients to the paste?

Of course! Feel free to get creative. Some additions could be olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or even roasted bell peppers. Adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences.

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