Smoked Spanish Mackerel Dip

This smoked mackerel dip is delicious! A friend catches Spanish mackerel in South Florida and fillets it for us. He delivers it, and we spend the day smoking 10 pounds of fish. We vacuum pack what we don't need and freeze it for later. It keeps very well for months in a freezer. How long? We don't know, because we make this dip so often! Can't find smoked mackerel? There are YouTube videos that teach you how to smoke your own! Serve with an assortment of crackers, toasts, celery, and carrots.

close up view of Smoked Spanish Mackerel Dip served with crackers, carrots, celery and lettuce, on a plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
2 1/2 cups


  • 3 smoked Spanish mackerel fillets, skin and bones removed

  • 1 cup olive oil mayonnaise (such as Hellman's®)

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, liquid reserved

  • ½ red onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons cilantro paste

  • 1 small lemon, juiced

  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt (such as Alessi®)

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place mackerel, mayonnaise, ketchup, chipotle pepper with 1 teaspoon adobo sauce, onion, cilantro paste, lemon juice, sea salt, and pepper into a food processor and process until thoroughly combined.

  2. Transfer mixture to a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 1 to 2 hours. Serve.


Please feel free to use varieties other than the mayonnaise, salt, or cilantro listed. These are what we prefer.

The food processor is by far the quickest way to make this recipe, but if you don't have one, you can use a blender too. Just add the wet ingredients first, then the fish, and then the remaining ingredients. Remember to scrape down the sides often.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
24g Fat
5g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 870mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 317mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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