Hot Fish Dip, Tuna Walnut Spread & Fish Pate

Pate, Spread, Dip

...sounds like a little happy hour jig but it is actually 3 great appetizers to start off the weekend.

Fish Pate

1 1/2 cups cooked fish fillets (or smoked)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Pecorino and fresh dill for garnish

Using a food processor with a steel blade, combine all ingredients well. Pack into a small bowl or crock and chill overnight or at least 6 hours. Best served on crackers or toast points. Garnish with a sliver of pecorino cheese and fresh dill.

Note: if mixing by hand, mash fish with a fork and blend with the butter and remaining ingredients.

Tuna Walnut Spread

1 -3 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 -6 oz can tuna, drain well
Half an onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
Bread and Butter pickles, as desired
Toasted chopped walnuts, as desired
Lemon juice to taste

Mix the onions with desired amount of chopped pickles, add the walnuts and incorporate into the cream cheese. Fold in the parsley and tuna and add lemon juice to taste.

Serve with crisp crackers.

Hot Fish Dip

2 tablespoons butter
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
2 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cup white American cheese (or your favorite)
1 cup cooked finely minced white fish fillets
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan until bubbly. Add onions, stir in the sherry and cook for 1 minute. Add in the flour and stir cooking for 2 or 3 minutes until smooth. Add half-and-half and cook for several minutes until thicken and heated. Stir in the cheese blending well; fold in the fish, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Add red pepper if desired.

Serve warm with crackers.


  1. these dips. I have some ready steamed salmon in my fridge. Checking out which one to go for it. Think I like the second one with cheese. Thanks for sharing

  2. Great collection of spreads and dips here.

  3. Good ways to use up leftover fish! Thanks!

  4. honestly, i'm not a big fan of fish. but this way of eating fish is my favorite!

  5. Pate, Spread, Dip

    ...sounds like a little happy hour jig but it is actually 3 great appetizers to start off the weekend.

    When I read that I busted out laughing hahaha you are so funny. Anyways, these dips look great I am a huge fan of pate!! I will bookmark these for my next dinner party, thank you for sharing :)

  6. These are wonderful for appetizers! Great ideas!

  7. I agree w/Joy, I liked that comment, too!

    Tuna with walnuts sound really cool!

  8. I like the pate the best. Imagining the combo of smoked fish and pecorino, fabulous!

  9. Very well done so cute your fish are lol hope you have a great weekend!

  10. Great fish appetizers. Wonderful ideas.

  11. Yummy dips! I will be interested to try the hot fish dip.

  12. Love all those dipping! Wow, you can actually came up with sooo many flavours. Well done!


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