Rainbow prawn cocktails served as canapés

Rainbow prawn cocktails

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins plus at least 1 hr pickling


Serves 6 as a starter or canapé

Serve this Asian-inspired twist on classic prawn cocktail as a starter or party canapés over the festive period 

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal386
  • fat33g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre3g
  • protein11g
  • salt3g
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  • 7 heaped tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 3 tsp sriracha or other chilli sauce
  • 15g pickled pickled ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated
  • 300g cooked king prawns



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

  • 3 spring onions, shredded
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • handful of prawn crackers, crushed

For the pickles

  • 100ml rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • ½ large cucumber, peeled into ribbons
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced



    The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy…


  1. For the pickles, put the vinegar, 50ml water, the sugar and 2 tsp sea salt in a pan and simmer for 5 mins over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Leave to cool a little. Put the vegetables in a bowl and pour over the pickling liquid. Leave in the fridge for at least 1 hr.

  2. Mix together the mayonnaise, lime juice, sriracha and pickled ginger. Arrange the lettuce leaves in six bowls, then top with the pickled veg, prawns and sauce. Finish with spring onions, sesame seeds and prawn crackers.

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27th Dec, 2019
Excellent alternative to a traditional prawn cocktail. I served on one large platter as part of a sharing starter selection and everyone loved it. I mixed some cocktail prawns in the mayo too and dotted around. The only thing I’d say is that there’s a lot of the sauce and I had quite a lot left over.
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