Spicy prawn cocktail with tomato & coriander dressing

Spicy prawn cocktail with tomato & coriander dressing

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Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins Cook: 2 mins - 3 mins


Serves 6
An entertaining favourite with light and fresh flavours - make it a feature of a retro dinner

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal176
  • fat14g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.25g


  • 350g raw peeled tiger prawns, defrosted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red chilli
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 vine tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 2 Little Gem lettuces
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and stoned



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • handful of rocket leaves



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • Italian flatbread or toasted pitta breads, to serve


  1. Prepare Ahead: Pat the prawns dry with kitchen paper. Peel the garlic and finely chop. Halve the chilli, discard the seeds and finely chop. Mix the garlic, chilli and prawns. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a pan, add the prawns and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until pink. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool, then chill for up to 8 hours.

  2. Quarter the tomatoes and discard the seeds. Finely chop the flesh and tip into a bowl with the lemon juice, honey and remaining oil. Add coriander, season and whisk until slightly thickened. Cover and chill for up to 8 hours.

  3. On The Day: Tear the gem leaves into small pieces. Chop the avocado flesh. Fill six glasses with lettuce, avocado and rocket leaves. Pile the prawns on top and spoon over the dressing. Serve with Italian flatbread or toasted pittas.

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4th Jan, 2012
Made this for my partner at Xmas as he dislikes original prawn cocktail sauce - he absolutely loved it!
4th Sep, 2011
fab recipe. guests loved it. also added cray fish tails to the mix
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10th Nov, 2010
Delicious! Just marinaded pre-cooked prawns which worked wonderfully too. Everyone loved it!
5th Dec, 2009
This is a fabulous starter for a special meal. Easy to make and prepare beforehand. Only need to assemble before serving. Always a hit with guests. Will be making it as a starter for Christmas eve dinner.
4th Feb, 2008
have made something similar to this, my guests were so delighted with this.
22nd Jan, 2008
I have made this recipe several times when entertaining as you can prepare all the ingredients and just finish when the guests arrive. It is a great starter / lunch time meal and everyone always praises the dish
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