Delicious Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté Recipe

Hey, fellow foodies! I’m excited to share with you my latest recipe for Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté. If you’re a fan of the smoking process and want to tantalize your taste buds with a smokey, creamy goodness, then this recipe is perfect for you.

Scottish Smoked Salmon has been known around the world for its exceptional quality and distinct smokiness. By using the finest Scottish farmed salmon, combined with a secret ingredient, we can create a mouthwatering paté that will surely impress.

Whether you’re looking to impress your guests for a holiday feast or simply want to treat yourself to something special, this salmon paté recipe is an absolute must-try.

Plus, it’s incredibly easy to prepare and can be made-ahead of time, giving you more time to enjoy the company of your loved ones. So let’s get started on making this scrumptious Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté
Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté

Are you looking for a quick, yet elegant, addition to your appetizer or brunch menu? Look no further! This Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté recipe is the perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication.

What’s not to love about this dish? It’s made with the finest Scottish farmed salmon, a secret ingredient smoked to perfection, and served with crackers or crostini. The creamy, luxurious texture of the pâté melts in your mouth, leaving you with an explosion of flavors from the lemon zest, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes.

This recipe is incredibly versatile and can be tailored to fit any occasion or palate. Whether you’re preparing for an intimate dinner party or a larger family gathering, this pâté will impress anyone who tries it. It can be used as a dip for vegetables or chips or can be spread on crostini with some fresh herbs for a beautiful presentation.

What sets this recipe apart from other smoked fish patés is the smoked Scottish salmon that is used as the main ingredient. The smoking process infuses the salmon with a unique flavor that is impossible to achieve through ordinary cooking methods. Moreover, the addition of lemon juice cuts through any residual fishiness and brightens up the dish, giving it a refreshing finish.

In conclusion, you’ll love this Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté because it’s easy to make yet elegant and sophisticated. It uses only the finest ingredients with a secret ingredient smoked to perfection, making every bite a flavorful experience. Plus, it’s versatile enough to complement any menu or occasion. Don’t miss out on this perfect addition to your next gathering!

Ingredient List

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Let’s start with the heart of any recipe: the ingredients. Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make this flavorful Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté recipe:

  • 6 oz Scottish smoked salmon
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes

These ingredients are all quite easy to find in your local grocery store. I recommend purchasing the finest Scottish smoked salmon available to ensure maximum flavor. If you can’t find crème fraîche, sour cream would also work as a substitution.

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of cooking this Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté.

Step 1: The Ingredients

Firstly, before beginning the cooking process, be sure to have your ingredients in place.

To make this delicious paté, you will need:

  • 2 oz Scottish smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz smoked salmon, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cupheavy cream
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • zest of half a lemon
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche (optional)

Ensure all ingredients have been properly washed and are at their optimal state before embarking on this recipe.

Step 2: Preparing the Smoked Scottish Salmon

Place the finely sliced smoked Scottish salmon in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Step 3: Mix and Blend Ingredients

Add the heavy cream, unsalted butter, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and mix all these ingredients together until fully combined.

Step 4: Creating Smooth Texture

Add the blended smoked Scottish salmon and mix again until everything is well combined to make a smooth texture.

It is essential to ensure that you mix thoroughly to acquire that perfect smoothness without any lumps.

Step 5: Final Touches

Taste the paté and adjust seasonings if needed. I highly recommend adding another dash of lemon juice as it brings out the flavor more.

For an extra layer of richness and depth of flavour, I use my secret ingredient – add one tablespoon of crème fraîche to the mix. Trust me; it does the trick! Only if you want! This is optional.

Step 6: Cooling Down

Place the paté in your preferred container and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or until set.

Once it’s set, serve it cold with crostini, crackers, toasted bread, or cucumber rounds. Garnish with a little lemon zest to add a zing of citrus flavor.

That’s it! An effortless, delicious Paté that is perfect as a party starter or snack. Now you can enjoy a taste of Scottish smoked salmon right at home!

Substitutions and Variations

 Smoked salmon so rich in flavor, I can almost smell it through the screen!
Smoked salmon so rich in flavor, I can almost smell it through the screen!

If you’re looking for ways to get a little creative with your Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté, I’ve got you covered. While this recipe already packs a ton of flavor, there are plenty of ways to make it your own by incorporating different ingredients.

Instead of using heavy cream in your paté mixture, try using crème fraîche instead. This will give your paté a tangier flavor and a lighter consistency.

Not a fan of Worcestershire sauce? You can substitute it with soy sauce or even hot sauce to add some heat.

For those who love a little kick in their food, add some red pepper flakes to the mixture. Just keep in mind that this will amplify the heat factor!

Don’t have any fresh lemons on hand? You can use bottled lemon juice instead. However, fresh lemon zest provides a brighter, more intense citrus flavor that you just can’t get from bottled juice.

This recipe is also versatile when it comes to the type of smoked salmon you use. While Scottish Smoked Salmon is the star of the show, feel free to experiment with other types of smoked salmon such as Hot Smoked Salmon or even smooth smoked salmon from Tesco.

Finally, if you want to switch things up entirely, try making this paté with poached salmon instead. Not only will it give the dish a completely different texture and flavor profile, but it’s also an excellent way to use up leftover salmon from another meal.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to make this paté- just have fun with it and experiment until you find the perfect combination for your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 This creamy, tangy paté is the perfect addition to any charcuterie board.
This creamy, tangy paté is the perfect addition to any charcuterie board.

Alright, now that you’ve whipped up this delicious Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté, it’s time to determine how best to serve and pair it with other dishes. First things first, let’s talk about the texture of the paté. This rich and creamy spread is perfect for topping a crisp cracker, crostini or baguette slices.

When it comes to pairings, I recommend serving this paté as a starter for a dinner party or using it as an appetizer at your next gathering. Since the paté has such distinct flavors of smoked salmon and tangy lemon juice, it pairs well with other seafood dishes or fish recipes, such as poached salmon dip or even a salmon terrine.

For those who are looking for meats or vegetarian options, worry not! The paté also works well with thinly sliced cured meats such as prosciutto or salami. On the vegetarian side of things, try pairing the paté with grilled artichokes or asparagus wrapped in bacon.

To elevate your experience, consider enjoying the paté with some dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. Alternatively, a sparkling wine will lift up this creamy dish with its effervescence.

Remember that pairing food and drinks is all about finding balance; flavors should complement each other rather than clash. Pro tip: balance out the rich flavors of the paté by adding a squeeze of lemon juice and serving it alongside fresh mixed greens.

Bottom line, this Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté is a versatile delicacy that can be served any time of day for any type of gathering. Always keep in mind your guests’ dietary needs when planning your menu and enjoy serving them one of the most delicious appetizers in British cuisine.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 My taste buds are already in love with this Scottish take on classic paté.
My taste buds are already in love with this Scottish take on classic paté.

One great benefit of Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté is that it can be made ahead of time, which saves you precious moments in the kitchen when entertaining family and friends. I recommend making this paté at least an hour in advance and allowing it to chill in the fridge. It’s even better if you can make it the day before so that the flavors have a chance to mingle.

When storing your paté, make sure to cover it with plastic wrap, pressing it down onto the surface to prevent air from getting in, which could cause spoilage. Store the paté in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated for up to three days. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, remove the plastic wrap, give it a good stir and serve as usual.

Reheating or freezing smoked salmon paté will compromise its quality, so I don’t recommend either of these options. Instead, if you anticipate needing more than what the recipe yields or have leftovers, make another batch fresh instead of attempting to reheat or freeze. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who says comfort food can't also be elegant? This salmon paté proves otherwise.
Who says comfort food can’t also be elegant? This salmon paté proves otherwise.

Creating a Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté may seem easy, but there are little things that can make a big difference in the final dish. After making this recipe numerous times, here are some tips to ensure perfect results every time!

1. Use the finest Scottish smoked salmon you can find

The smoking process affects the taste of smoked salmon immensely. Using a high-quality smoked salmon can completely change the flavor of your pâté. Look for salmon that is smoked from Scotland or Scottish farmed salmon for this recipe.

2. Don’t forget the secret ingredient

While not a must-have ingredient, Worcestershire sauce adds an extra depth of flavor to your pâté. Just a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce can make all the difference.

3. Incorporate fresh ingredients

Fresh lemon juice and zest add brightness and tanginess to the pâté, while red pepper flakes add a little bit of heat. Don’t skip these ingredients as they make the flavors pop.

4. Use soft cheese and cream cheese

Using cream cheese in combination with soft cheese like crème fraiche helps to create a luxurious texture and smoothness of the pâté.

5. Remove skin and bones

When preparing your smoked Scottish salmon fillet, make sure to remove any skin or bones before blending it into a smooth paste with other ingredients.

6. Chill for at least an hour

Allow your Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté recipe to chill for at least an hour before serving to enhance its flavor and texture.

7. Experiment with toppings

Try adding different toppings such as dill or chives on top of the pâté serve as an appealing decoration for your dish or bring added flavor dimension.

By following these tips, you will ensure that your guests ask for seconds and will be impressed with how flavorful homemade Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté recipe can be!


Now, let’s move on to item number nine – the FAQ. I understand that you may still have some questions regarding this recipe, and that’s absolutely normal. With any new recipe, there are bound to be some uncertainties or confusions, but worry not! I’m going to address the most commonly asked questions in this section so that you can be confident in your skills while preparing this Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté Recipe. So, let’s dive right in!

How to serve Scottish smoked salmon?

There are countless ways to enjoy the distinct flavor and texture of crackers, cream cheese, and capers. These versatile ingredients can spruce up any meal, from a simple salad to a more complex pasta dish. With their complementary flavors and contrasting textures, they make a delicious addition to any recipe. Let me walk you through some ways to incorporate these ingredients into your next culinary masterpiece.

What is smoked salmon pâté made of?

To make a creamy yet textured pâté, begin by combining cream cheese, crème fraîche, lemon zest, lemon juice and horseradish in a food processor or a mixing bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined and silky smooth, using an electric hand mixer if necessary. Afterwards, add smoked salmon and dill to the mix and pulse to create a cohesive, slightly chunky pâté.

What is Scottish style smoked salmon?

Scottish smoked salmon is well-known for its distinct taste that results from using oak barrels or chips from whisky barrels during smoking. Pinneys of Scotland, a major producer of Scottish smoked salmon, utilizes Sherry-casks for flavoring. The process for making Scottish smoked salmon involves dry-curing and cold-smoking.

Bottom Line

And there you have it, my recipe for the ultimate Scottish smoked salmon paté! This dish is perfect for any occasion, from casual get-togethers to elegant dinner parties. It’s easy to make, and the ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store.

But what sets this dish apart is the quality of the smoked Scottish salmon that we used. By sourcing the finest Scottish farmed salmon and smoking it using traditional methods, we’ve created a paté that’s truly unique and full of flavor.

So, if you’re looking to enjoy a delicious appetizer that’s sure to impress your guests, or if you simply want to treat yourself to something special, give this smoked salmon paté recipe a try. Trust me, once you taste it, you won’t be able to get enough!

Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté

Scottish Smoked Salmon Paté Recipe

You don’t need to buy expensive salmon paté in delicates shops. This easy recipe is wonderful and really very fast to prepare.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 15 Mins, European, Scottish, Spreads, Very Low Carbs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Calories 324.4kcal


  • 3 ounces butter
  • 7 ounces smoked salmon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Place salmon, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, Worcestershire and red pepper flakes if used in a bowl.
  • Blend until you will get a smooth paste.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, blend shortly.
  • In another bowl beat the cream to stiff peaks.
  • Fold cream into the salmon paste and spoon in a nice bowl.
  • Top with some red pepper flakes if desired.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours until serving.


Serving: 58g | Calories: 324.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.8g | Protein: 10.4g | Fat: 30.5g | Saturated Fat: 18.3g | Cholesterol: 98.6mg | Sodium: 659.5mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g

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