Quick-Pickled Cucumber with Mackerel Pâté

Lightly Seasoned Vinegar Blend is now available in Tesco and Morrisons.

Make this using Sarson’s Lightly Seasoned Vinegar Blend.


Pickled cucumber

  • 40g of cucumber, sliced into ribbons
  • 120ml of Sarson’s “Pickle in 15 Minutes” Lightly Seasoned vinegar blend
  • 2 sprigs of dill, chopped

Smoked mackerel pâté

  • 240g of smoked mackerel
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced
  • 3 sprigs of dill, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 100g of crème fraîche
  • Sourdough, toasted


  1. Place the sliced cucumber and chopped dill in a small bowl and pour over the Lightly Seasoned vinegar blend, ensuring the cucumber is submerged. Leave to pickle for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the skin from the mackerel and flake the fish into a bowl.
  3. Add the spring onion, two of the dill sprigs and the lemon zest, then fold through the crème fraîche. Be careful not to overmix or the oils from the fish will split the crème fraîche and the pâté will become grainy.
  4. Drain the cucumber from the vinegar.
  5. Spread the pâté on the toast and top with pickled cucumber.

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