Classic prawn cocktail

Classic prawn cocktail

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(21 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


  • 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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26th Oct, 2014
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.
1st Jan, 2014
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!
11th May, 2012
The tomato chutney made the sauce extremely sweet, and we weren't too keen on it - won't make again.
6th Mar, 2012
Makea the perfect starter just how a prawn cocktail should be! Delicious and easy to make!
4th Jan, 2012
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!
27th Dec, 2011
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.
16th Dec, 2011
The sauce was amazing! So easy and everyone loved it
15th Dec, 2011
Sauce is very weird, not a fan
7th Jun, 2011
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.
8th Apr, 2011
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 :)


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