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Provençal Smoked Fish Paté Recipe

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Smoked fish paté? Think tuna salad from France on steroids. You can serve this like a dip for chips, a spread for crackers or toast points, make a sandwich with a tomato and melted cheese, plop it on top of a green salad, mix it with elbow pasta, rollups, serve accompanied by a platter of cured meats, and/or a cheese board…

Serve smoked fish with a crisp, high-acid, dry white wine. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc-based wines such as French Chablis or white Burgundies (Chardonnay) or White Bordeaux or Pouilly Fume (both Sauvignon Blanc) are classics. Champagne is also a winner.

Provencal Smoked Fish Pate Recipe

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This delicious fish spread is perfect for any special occasion.

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4 servings
Servings: 4 servings


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons high quality olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon of caper brine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 6 ounces smoked fish
  • 10 kalamata-style olives sliced into rings
About the smoked fish. I have done this with salmon and white fish. Works for both. The link above is to a smoked salmon recipe but you could substitute another fish if you wish.
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  • Prep. Mix together everything except the fish and the olives with a fork. Flake the fish and mix it in. Gently add the sliced olives so they don’t break apart.
  • Serve. Taste and add whatever you think is needed.

Published On: 9/21/2023

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