Classic prawn cocktail

Prep: 25 mins No cook


Serves 4
This classic retro starter packed with juicy prawns will never go out of fashion

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal292
  • fat25g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein10g
  • salt2.23g
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  • 400g cooked atlantic shell-on prawn



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 4 Little Gem lettuce, washed and trimmed
  • 5 heaped tbsp mayonnaise
  • 5 tbsp tomato chutney
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp creamed horseradish
  • tiny splash Tabasco sauce
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • paprika, for dusting



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 4 tsp snipped chive


  1. Peel all but 4 of the prawns (reserve these for the tops). Break the lettuces into individual leaves, then divide the leaves evenly between 4 small glass bowls.

  2. Sprinkle the prawns over the lettuce and season with black pepper.

  3. Mix the mayonnaise, tomato chutney, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and Tabasco together. Season to taste with lemon juice and salt and pepper, then spoon sparingly over the prawns. Dust the top with a little paprika and sprinkle with chives. Top with the remaining prawns and serve immediately. Delicious with brown bread.

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Comments (16)

elizabeth1979's picture

Have made this prawn cocktail sauce for the past 3 years for Christmas and Valentine's, and it has gone down a treat for my husband. Thank you good food.'s picture

This sauce was amazing. We used a sundried tomato chutney (probably a little bit less than the recipe called for), and the flavour was excellent. Raves from everyone!

zoeross's picture

The tomato chutney made the sauce extremely sweet, and we weren't too keen on it - won't make again.

rapata80's picture

Makea the perfect starter just how a prawn cocktail should be! Delicious and easy to make!

lizag1982's picture

Great recipe - sauce was amazing, way better than any pre-bought ones. Added a little extra tobasco for more of a kick - family loved it for Xmas day starters!

innes02's picture

This was a great tasting dish. I made it as a starter for Xmas lunch. Everyone thought the flavours were fresh and intense. Much better than shop bought and so easy to make.

sutty's picture

The sauce was amazing! So easy and everyone loved it

goodwinsimon's picture

Sauce is very weird, not a fan

amalie's picture

This is a brilliant recipe I made it and I can never cook but this came out perfect. It came out darker than normal just because of the tomato chutney type I used I guess but it didn't make any deference to the taste, delicious.

amyduffin's picture

This is so easy to make, and looks and tastes great. Play about with the sauce flavour before serving, and you will get lots of compliments :)

tigerfood's picture

Just made this exact to recipt and served it, and every person commented on how tasty the sauce was I am very pleased.
Thank You

utbw123's picture

I made up a jar and hour or so before our dinner party then just mixed with the prawns before serving. Lovely..

sh3ll8y's picture

Very easy to make, i used fantail prawns and they were gorgeous the sauce is lovely will not make any other way again amazing.

pixieloveheart's picture

I use this sauce all the time now when I make prawn cocktail and it never fails to impress. It's definitely worth using this instead of shop-bought thousand island. I mix the sauce with prawns, then spoon the mixture into halve and stoned avocados and serve with brown bread!

anna22's picture

Fantastic. Anyone can make the sauce- have as a starter and then use the sauce in chicken burgers

alfielewis's picture

nice sauce and great advice about the prawn varieties

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