With a creamy base, smoked mackerel and freshness from green onion and parsley, this smoked fish spread comes together in minutes and is so incredibly rich and tasty! Sure to be a party favourite!
Hubby and I love seafood dip, especially around the holidays or when we have friends over.
So, it’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of this smoked fish spread.
Plus, we absolutely love canned mackerel (well, pretty much all canned fish) in our home. It’s just so darn tasty, pretty inexpensive and convenient for quick lunches or snacks (including this mackerel spread).
With the upcoming holiday season fast approaching, this creamy spread is a great recipe to have in your back pocket.
Having a cream cheese base, it’s super rich. A little goes a long way, which means it’s great for parties.
If you’ve ever tried those popular store-bought flavoured cream cheese spreads (and enjoy them), these homemade fish spread recipe is a must try!
You could totally enjoy this mackerel spread on its own with some crackers, or serve alongside a charcuterie board or seafood board.
Fan of smoked fish? You may enjoy this smoked salmon flatbread!
How To Make Smoked Fish Spread
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
Start by combining softened cream cheese with sour cream, black pepper, cayenne pepper powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and cayenne pepper in a food processor and process until combined and smooth.
Tip: Want to soften the cream cheese quickly? Here are 3 ways to soften cream cheese.
Once the base of the spread is nice and creamy, add parsley, green onion and your smoked fish.
Cover and “Pulse” until just combined. You don’t want to blend too much because you still want some texture from ingredients.
If your food processor doesn’t have a pulse feature, no worries. Just process just a little.
Then it’s just a matter of transfer the mackerel fish spread into a serving dish.
You can garnish, if you like, with a little green onion and parsley, then devour!
Type of Smoked Fish To Use
As mentioned, this smoked fish spread is quite versatile.
Canned smoked mackerel was used here, but other delicious options are canned kippers or smoked salmon.
Just keep in mind that brands and varieties of smoked fish can vary in their level of smoke.
Depending on what you use (and your love of that smoky flavour), the quantity of smoked fish you use may vary. If you’re not sure how smoky it is, you can always try some before adding to the dip.
Tip: If using a canned smoked fish in oil (like used here), remove the fish from the oil, give it a little rinse under fresh, cold water and pat dry with some paper towels before using. That way, it won’t add extra oil to your spread.
Ways To Enjoy This Spread
This mackerel spread works great with any of these:
- Crackers (pretzel crackers are my favourite with this smoked fish spread)
- Veggie sticks
- Thick-cut chips
- Toasty bread
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If you make this fish spread recipe, be sure to leave a comment below!
Smoked Fish Spread
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (250 grams)
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 3 to 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more to taste for optional garnish
- 3 tablespoons sliced green onion, about 2 green onion (plus more to taste for optional garnish)
- 1 (4-ounce) can wild smoked mackerel in oil, mackerel removed from the oil and rinsed/patted dry
- Crackers (pretzel crackers are great) and/or toasted bread, for serving
- In a food processor, combine cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper (if using), then process until combined and smooth.
- Add parsley, green onion and smoked mackerel. Cover again and use the "Pulse" feature to combine. Don't over mix because you still want a little texture in your spread from the parsley, green onion and fish.
- Transfer the spread to a serving dish and garnish, if desired, with more parsley and green onion. Serve with salty crackers or toasted bread. Enjoy!Note: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy with 2 to 3 days.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
Tried this recipe?
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We just made this with some home made smoked mackerel I caught a few days ago. We love it and it should be a great hit at a party we are going to. We made sure to save some for ourselves.
Dawn | Girl Heart Food
That’s wonderful, John! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe, thanks so much!!
David @ Spiced
This recipe just brought back all the memories! I used to go fishing with my grandfather when I was a kid, and we’d fry most of the fish we caught. However, a couple of times I remember him smoking some of the fish. We never turned it into a spread, but this sounds amazing – especially with a glass of wine during the holidays!!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
This is my kind of dip! We smoke kokanee, which is a type of salmon and I think it will be delicious in this dip! Can’t wait!!! 🙂
Dawn, this sounds fantastic. I think I need a tub (yes, a tub!) at the ready in my fridge always. Such a great appetizer to share with friends — holidays or not. And so easy to put together with such strong flavors. 🙂 ~Valentina
Ooh this fish spread looks delicious! Funny enough, my youngest loves mackarel! So I’ve always got cans of it in the pantry — will have to give this a try soon!
Katherine | Love In My Oven
Cream cheese? Yes please! This spread looks wonderful, just in time for the holidays when we need ALL of the appetizers right!? Yum!