Classic prawn cocktail

Classic prawn cocktail

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(19 ratings)

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 lettuces, washed and trimmed
  • 5 heaped tbsp mayonnaise
  • 5 tbsp tomato chutney
    Apple & cranberry chutney in three jars



    Unlike a pickle which should be vegetable-based, a chutney should be fruit-based. This means…

  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp creamed horseradish
    Horseradish root on a wooden chopping board


    hors rad-ish

    Horseradish root is larger than an ordinary radish, and has a hot, peppery flavour.


  • 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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22nd Oct, 2010
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
4th Apr, 2010
I made up a jar and hour or so before our dinner party then just mixed with the prawns before serving. Lovely..
27th Aug, 2009
Very easy to make, i used fantail prawns and they were gorgeous the sauce is lovely will not make any other way again amazing.
25th Apr, 2009
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!
25th Jul, 2008
Fantastic. Anyone can make the sauce- have as a starter and then use the sauce in chicken burgers
19th Jan, 2008
nice sauce and great advice about the prawn varieties


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