Smoked Fish and Fruit Pintxos

Smoked fish and fresh fruit make a perfect match when combined in this recipe and served as an appetizer. Smoked salmon is now ubiquitous in Spain, particularly in the cities. Less evidence is traditional bacalao (salt cod), for which smoked mackerel is a substitute here.

  • Makes 12 units


  • 7 oz smoked salmon
  • 7 oz smoked trout
  • 7 oz smoked mackerel
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 mixed green and red grapes, halved and deseeded
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 9 oz assorted berries (strawberries, raspberries, etc)
  • 6 green olives, pitted and halved
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 12 skewers


Cut the fish into 1-inch pieces. Alternate pieces of the three fish, folding where necessary, with the cherry tomatoes, fruit and olives. Season lightly with pepper and squeeze over the juice from the lemon wedges.

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