Smoked Mackerel Rillettes

Rillettes usually refers to meat such as pork or duck preserved in fat, but for a lighter take, smoked mackerel is combined with chives, butter, and sour cream. Serve the rillettes on pumpernickel toast points, in endive leaves, cucumber slices, or with whole grain crackers.
Course Appetizers
Keyword Fish
Servings 8 appetizer portions


  • 6.7 oz canned smoked mackerel in natural juice
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3 tbsp minced chives
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • pumpernickel toast points, endive spears, cucumber slices, or crackers for serving


  • Combine the smoked mackerel and the butter in a medium bowl.
  • Add chives, shallot, vinegar, and lemon juice, and mix gently to combine well.
  • Fold in the sour cream and chill mixture for at least one hour before serving.


Recipe adapted from