Smoked mackerel salad

I often mention my childhood flavors. I grew up by the lake where we had most amazing fresh fish and among them my all time favorite- smoked mackerel. I swear it doesn’t taste like that anywhere else, I looked everywhere . My mom used to make me and my sister this simple paste very often and served it with rye bread. Yum!

The quality of the fish is crucial (duh!). If you can’t find smoked mackerel, you can use another smoked fish or even canned tuna.

I love to post recipes like this one. It is seriously something I was eating all the time when living in Poland and it just feels so special to share it with everybody. Another amazing thing is this salad can be made with 3 simple ingredients (plus some olive oil, salt and pepper) in under 5 minutes! It’s also healthy and delicious with crunchy, smokey, salty, not-too-fishy flavor.


The directions are crazy easy. I started with separating meat from bones, placing it in a bowl and adding chopped onion and corn. I mixed in some olive oil and sprinkled salt and pepper on top.


I served it over my favorite rye bread.






If you tried this recipe and posted a pic or a comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!


  • 1 smoked mackerel
  • 1 onion
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Separate fish from bones. Place it in a bowl.
  2. Chop an onion. Add it to the fish together with corn.
  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve by itself or on bread. Enjoy!

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