The ultimate makeover: Prawn cocktail

The ultimate makeover: Prawn cocktail

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins


Serves 4
Try a lighter, modern version of this ever-popular retro starter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal186
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.23g
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    For the salad

    • 650g prawns in their shells, cooked (to give 200g/8oz cooked, peeled prawns)



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

    • 2 tbsp lime juice
    • 100g/4oz cucumber
    • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp snipped dill
    • 1 small ripe avocado



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

    • 50g watercress



      With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

    • pinch cayenne pepper, for sprinkling

    For the sauce

    • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
    • 5 tbsp fromage frais
    • 1½ tbsp tomato ketchup
    • splash Tabasco sauce
    • splash Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp brandy



      Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…


    1. Peel the prawns. Rinse them in a large sieve under a cold tap, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Lay the prawns in a shallow dish and squeeze over 1 tbsp of the lime juice, then add a twist of pepper. Set aside.

    2. Chop the cucumber into small dice and tip into a dish. Spoon over the vinegar, scatter over the dill and a grating of pepper, then set aside. Halve, stone and peel the avocado, then chop into small dice. Spoon over the rest of the lime juice and toss together gently with a twist of pepper.

    3. For the sauce, mix together the mayonnaise, fromage frais and ketchup. Stir in the Tabasco, Worcestershire and brandy with a twist of pepper.

    4. To serve, put a small spoonful of the sauce into the bottom of each cocktail glass. Very coarsely chop most of the watercress, leaving a few sprigs whole. Lay the chopped watercress on top of the sauce. Drain the cucumber well, then spoon it over the watercress with the avocado. Pile over the prawns, then spoon over the rest of the sauce. Tuck in the sprigs of watercress and serve with a sprinkling of cayenne.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    23rd Dec, 2019
    But why yucky avocado again. Ruins a great starter.
    25th Dec, 2015
    Made this for a Christmas starter and went down a treat. The father in law said it was the best prawn cocktail he'd ever had. Would definitely recommend.
    17th Aug, 2013
    Absolutely lovely, really light and refreshing. A great starter for a dinner party!
    19th Apr, 2012
    I love this prawn cocktail, I have made it several's perfect! and so easy.
    30th Dec, 2011
    Did this as a starter for Christmas day_ great sauce. Put smoked salmon, langoustines and small salad with the sauce- great taste, thanks
    31st Aug, 2010
    Very refreshing light summer starter. Enjoyed by everyone. Just as it states in Good Food mag , half the fat, all the flavour.
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