Mackerel Pate & Crudites – 49p a serving

Jul 30, 2013 | 2 comments


Mackerel Pate & Crudites – 49p a serving


Been thinking about fish lately after Jack Monroe had been blogging about her Fish chapter in her forthcoming book, and wondered if I could do anything with smoked mackerel fillets, which I love, at the 50p a portion level, and indeed I could – hooray!


So bought a pk of fillets at £2.03 and a pack of soft cheese at 73p and carried them home, put them on the worktop and contemplated

Mackerel and soft cheese

Extracted them from their very difficult to get into packaging and cut one fillet in half and removed the skin.

Mackerel Fillet

Then flaked it and mixed it with 100g of soft cheese, and added a bit of black pepper and a tsp lemon juice from a bottle – and that was it – a bowl of deliciousness.

Mackerel Pate

  • half of 1 fillet of smoked mackerel £2.03 for 2 fillets, 50p
  • 100g  Basics soft cheese, 73p/300g, 24p
  • black pepper
  • tsp lemon juice 1p?
  • 300g carrot batons 80p/kg, 24p

Serves 2

you could have lots of other vegetables if you have them, cucumber, peppers or celery spring to mind, radishes from the garden maybe

this pate would also be lovely piled into a pitta bread or used as a sandwich filling, or a yummy jacket potato topping. It is very portable for a packed lunch too

per serving, with carrot batons
279 calories, 9g protein, 20g fat, 11g carbs

I now have three other fillets and wondered if I could make something nice with them that was also at the 50p  level. I Googled ‘cheap mackerel fillet recipes’ and lots of yummy ideas came up – I don’t feel I’ve got enough fillet left now to try them all!

This is what I ended up doing

Half fillet one – Mackerel pate and crudites – this post
Half fillet two – Mackerel pate and pasta
Half fillet three – Smoked mackerel and roasted beetroot salad
Half fillet four – Mackerel kedgeree

Faggots & Gravy



  1. Thrifty Lesley

    Elaine – ooh yes, mackerel would be lovely

  2. Elaine Smith

    I think the pate would work with tinned mackerel too. There are quite a few flavoured varieties so that would give variety. Asda do a lower fat garlic and herb soft cheese, I would think maybe other supermarkets do too? That would also make it interesting and lower the calorie content for dieters ie me.

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