Mackerel Pate – Desperately Seeking Fresh Horseradish in London

Mackerel Pate – Desperately seeking fresh horseradish in London

In the UK  few people eat the two recommended portions of fish a week. Many people are slightly fearful of oily fish but it is tasty and is SO good for you.  This is an adapted popular recipe from The Cycling Chef based in the City of London. It’s great on toast, oatcakes, rye cracker and freshly baked bread. However, there are probably several other variations I just haven’t thought of them yet! It is much more flavoursome  using fresh horseradish but it doesn’t flourish in my garden and it can be difficult to find. If you are really lucky you will find it in specialist fruit and vegetable shops or supermarkets – it looks like a large parsnip.  If you have fresh horseradish, peel first, then shred and it will really enhance the flavour as well as being incredibly good for you.

ingredients for mackerel pate


250g Best Smoked, Filleted Mackerel Fillets (skin removed, check for bones and slice into smaller pieces)

5 Sundried Tomatoes chopped

2 tsp Capers rinsed, drained and dried

2 Anchovy Fillets

1tsp finely shredded Fresh Horseradish mixed with crème fraiche or 1tsp Horseradish Sauce

Ground Black Pepper

½ tsp chopped fresh Parsley


Fillets of  UK smoked mackerel



You need to add all the ingredients to a bowl and blend with a hand-blender or food processor until it’s combined.  Enjoy


mackerel pate in white ramekin



smoked mackerel fillets skin up




I’m entering this into Javelin Warrior’s Made With Love Mondays as its delicious and healthy  and Ren Behan’s Simple and In Season as April is the time to eat Mackerel whether Smoked or Unsmoked. And, thanks to London’s Cycling Chef for sharing his recipe with me.




Simple and in Season



11 Responses to "Mackerel Pate – Desperately Seeking Fresh Horseradish in London"

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  1. Javelin Warrior

    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve never had any kind of fish pate before, so I’m intrigued by the flavor of smoked mackerel. Spread over crackers as an appetizer, I’m sure this would be delicious… Thanks so much for sharing!

    • ella

      April 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      It’s delicious (and nutritious) and a great contrast with firmer base such as crackers. Fish Pate very popular here in UK, France, Denmark, Sweden as we tend to use ingredients close to home.

  2. Blueberetmum

    April 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Yum! Have you ever tried miliony horseradish with beetroot pure? Goes very well with cold meats on sandwiches (an old family tradition) x

  3. Blueberetmum

    April 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Sorry meant horseradish sauce with beetroot (boiled and puréed) – late and off to bed hence the typo! X

    • ella

      April 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Wow that sounds interesting I know someone passionate about beetroot and horseradish so will make it for them – thanks for the tip x

  4. Chloe King

    April 19, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I spotted a space for fresh horseradish on the shelf in my local Waitrose the other day, admittedly it was all sold, and I’m in Lewes, not London, but perhaps this is a new addition to their range? Give it a go! Love the stuff, and it works great with all kinds of fish.

    • ella

      April 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks will do. Are you near the original Bill’s? Lucky you, if you are!

  5. Vernia Szalankiewicz

    April 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Cooks use the terms “horseradish” or “prepared horseradish” to refer to the grated root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar. Prepared horseradish is white to creamy-beige in colour. It will keep for months refrigerated but eventually will darken, indicating it is losing flavour and should be replaced. The leaves of the plant, while edible, are not commonly eaten, and are referred to as “horseradish greens”.;
    kind regards

  6. Gillian Schlette

    August 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    There is an Indian shop called “The Jolly Boy” on Turnpike Lane N8. He sells Fresh Horseradish and lots of fresh and wondefull fruit and veg. If not this shop there are many along this street. Kind regards Gilly.

    • ella

      August 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Gilly. Will def pay a visit to Turnpike Lane. J

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