Smoked Trout Pâté with Toasted Rye Bread & Carrot Sticks

At first glance this smoked trout pâté might not look like the ideal winter’s lunch – where’s the warm nourishing soup? The hearty stews? But in fact, this packs a fabulous protein punch, and is bursting with omega oils – both of which are just the ticket for sustaining your concentration through the dark afternoon, keeping you from unhealthy snacking, and warding off the winter blues.


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Dietary info: Wheat Free


  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ½ cm slices
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 40g raisins
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil3 smoked trout fillets, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraiche
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • cracked black pepper
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • Small handful coriander, finely chopped


  1. Steam the carrots over a pan of simmering water for 8 minutes until tender. Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl. While still warm, add the cumin seeds, honey, lemon juice, raisins and olive oil. Stir to coat in the dressing and leave to cool.
  2. Meanwhile mix the smoked flaked trout fillet with the crème fraiche and lemon juice. Season with cracked black pepper.
  3. Toast your rye bread
  4. Stir the coriander through the cooled carrot salad.

To Serve

  • 2 large handfuls lambs lettuce, washed
  • 20g pine kernels

Spread or pipe the trout pate onto the rye bread triangles.  Arrange the lambs lettuce on a serving platter. Spoon the carrot salad on top of the leaves around the edge of the platter. Place the trout pate toasts in the middle and sprinkle over the pine kernels.

Jennifer’s Tip

Resist the urge to toast the pine nuts as once toasted the essential fats turn into saturated fats.  They still taste yummy un-toasted.

Recipe taken from Jennifer Irvine’s Diet for Food Lovers