Polish Smoked Mackerel Spread Recipe

Today I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite Polish spread recipes. I make it at least once a month. The author of this Polish smoked mackerel spread recipe is my dad who used to make it for me when I was a kid.

When I was too young to make it myself, I asked him to buy a smoked mackerel, farmer cheese, and make this delicious spread for me.

He carefully picked all the fish bones, making sure the spread is smooth and easy to eat.

Right now I am a parent myself. My three-year-old daughter loves Polish smoked mackerel spread just like I loved it when I was her age.

What’s more, my hubby who hates fish says the spread is good enough to have it for breakfast.

Tips For Making Polish Smoked Mackerel Spread

See also my Polish fish paprikash recipe.

Remove All The Fish Bones!

The only thing that may go wrong when making Polish smocked mackerel spread is not removing all the fish bones.

It’s not nice to find a bone while eating, so make sure to remove all of them.

Add Tomato Paste If You Want

If you want to change the color (and taste!) of the Polish smocked mackerel spread, add 1-2 tablespoons of tomato paste.

Serve It With Bread

The spread is perfect to put on the sandwich. You can also have it solo, as a snack.

See also my Polish egg spread recipe.

If You Don’t Know Where To Buy Farmer’s Cheese, Do It Yourself!

It’s really easy! Here’s my homemade farmer’s cheese recipe.

Polish Smoked Mackerel Spread Recipe

Polish Smoked Mackerel Spread

Polish Smoked Mackerel Spread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 smoked mackerel
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 cup of farmer/ cottage cheese
  • 5 tbsps of sour cream
  • ½ tsp of salt


  1. Remove the skin and fish bones from the mackerel.
  2. Mince the fish meat using a fork.
  3. Add cottage cheese and mince again.
  4. Peel and dice an onion, then add it to the spread.
  5. Add sour cream, season with salt, and mix.

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