How To Make Smoked Salmon Pate
Smoked salmon pate ready in less than 5 minutes, a great way to impress with minimal effort. It’s light, creamy, elegant and a real crowd pleaser!
Crack open the breadsticks and start slicing the baguette! This smoked salmon pate is a recipe you won’t forget.
It takes just 10 minutes to make and even less time to finish. Make this pate for your next dinner party and your guaranteed to have smiles all round.
The taste is amazing and the texture so creamy. Smoked salmon…in a pate – what else could you ask for?
Why You’ll Like This Recipe
- Only takes a few minutes to make just like my tuna pate recipe!
- Makes tasty canapés and sandwiches.
- A great way to use up leftover smoked salmon and cream cheese.
- This recipe is so easy anyone can make it!
- Perfect for Christmas and dinner parties.
Watch How To Make It
Salmon Pate Recipe Ingredients
Below are the few ingredients needed for this recipe:
- Smoked Salmon: I brought 200g of ready to eat smoked salmon. I used 150g for the pate and ate the rest. If you’re making canapés, you can top any excess salmon on it for a beautiful finish.
- Cream Cheese: I used full fat cream cheese for a really creamy and smooth pate. You can of course use low fat cream cheese, but the pate won’t be as creamy.
- Chives: Adds an oniony taste, you can use fresh chives or dried chives seasoning. Breaking the chives into small chunks before adding it to the food processor helps it blend thoroughly.
- Black Pepper: Added for flavour; feel free to use hot chilli powder for more heat.
- Salt: Smoked salmon has a salty taste to it, but I like to add half a teaspoon of salt for more flavour.
- Lemon Juice: A dash of lemon juice is added for a slight tangy taste.
How To Make Smoked Salmon Pate
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make smoked salmon pate. Full recipe instructions are on the recipe card.
Place the smoked salmon, cream cheese, chives, black pepper, salt and lemon juice into a food processor.
Pulse the mixture until the pate is creamy and smooth (or until it reaches your desired consistency).
Place the pate in a bowl or airtight container and enjoy! Serve immediately or store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for it to firm-up.
What To Serve With Smoked Salmon Pate
Serve this pate with French bread, soda bread or with crackers; it will make a great addition to any cheeseboard too! I also like to serve this pate with homemade breadsticks.
For a tasty upgrade, you could spread the salmon pate on a bagel or use it as a sandwich filler.
Below are more serving options:
My Top Tips
You can make this pate with a mixture of smoked salmon and cooked salmon. You can buy cooked smoked salmon fillets, which generally are more affordable. The texture won’t be as smooth as using smoked salmon, but the pate will still be creamy and tasty.
For a really smooth pate, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until it’s really smooth, it takes me around 1 minute and 30 seconds. Pulse for less time for a chunky pate.
It’s so easy to scale up or triple up this recipe for a large crowd or dinner party. You can also cut the recipe in half if you want to make smaller portions too!
Change The Herbs: Instead of chives, you can use parsley or dill; these substitutions will taste great in this pate. You can of course leave out any herbs if you like.
Use Mayonnaise: Don’t have cream cheese or prefer to use something else? Using mayonnaise is a great alternative, you’ll need around 3 to 4 tablespoons. After pulsing the ingredients, add more mayonnaise if you’ll like a creamier consistency.
Use Flavoured Cream Cheese: You can use plain cream cheese like I did or use flavoured cream cheese! Some flavours I’ve seen are garlic and herb alongside a sweet chilli flavour.
You can make this recipe without a food processor, but you’ll have to slice the salmon and other ingredients into small pieces. Bear in mind, the pate wouldn’t turn out as smooth as it would if you use a food processor.
Can I Freeze Smoked Salmon Pâté?
Yes, you can freeze smoked salmon pate. Place the pate in a freezer-safe container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready, defrost the pate in the fridge then serve.
How Long Will Smoked Salmon Pâté Last?
Keep the pate stored in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 1 to 2 days.
Smoked Salmon Pate Recipe
- 150 g Smoked Salmon
- 200 g Cream Cheese
- 2 tbsp Chives (5 Sticks)
- ½ tsp Black Pepper
- ½ tsp Salt (Or To Taste)
- ½ tbsp Lemon Juice
- Place the smoked salmon, cream cheese, chives, black pepper, salt and lemon juice into a food processor.
- Pulse the mixture until the pate is creamy and smooth (or until it reaches your desired consistency).
- Place the pate in a bowl or airtight container and enjoy! Serve immediately or store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for it to firm-up.
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