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Smoked salmon paté – a quick and easy starter

Smoked salmon paté on a plate with oatcakes and shredded lettuce garnish

This is one of the quickest and easiest starters you could ever make. Better still, you can make it a couple of days ahead – just keep it covered in the fridge. (Don’t freeze it.)  It’s delicious, looks good too, and it takes less than ten minutes to make (plus chilling time).


(serves 4-6)

  • 300 g smoked salmon
  • 125 g butter (preferably unsalted, but it doesn’t really matter)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp French mustard
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • ¼ tsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp drained capers


Bung it all in to the food processor and blitz until it’s smooth. Spoon into a serving dish or dishes. Refrigerate until firm.

Serve with Melba toast or brown bread – or oatcakes, as I’ve done here.



You can also spread the paté on top of Ritz biscuits or similar to hand round as a party snack.

If you’re looking for my other paté recipes then please see:

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