Prawn cocktail

Prawn cocktail

Preparation : 15 mins ·Cooking : 5 minsServes 4



gcooked prawns
2 1/2
tbspWorcestershire sauce
tsplemon juice
tsphot sauce
to tasteSalt
to tastepepper
1 1/2
-2iceberg lettuce heads
for garnishparsley or dill
cocktail glasses or small bowls

Nutritional information

Calculated based on standard values with available measurements and may therefore not be accurate

  • Energy2118 kcal
  • Protein64 g
  • Total Lipid (Fat)182 g
  • Cholesterol196 mg
  • Saturated Fatty Acids31 g
  • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids0 g
  • Carbohydrate16 g
  • Sugars9 g
  • Fiber0 g
  • Calcium21 mg
  • Iron1 mg
  • Magnesium7 mg
  • Phosphorus18 mg
  • Potassium216 mg
  • Sodium4576 mg
  • Zinc0 mg
  • Copper0 mg
  • Selenium0 µg
  • Vitamin A10 µg
  • Vitamin E1 mg
  • Vitamin C5 mg
  • Vitamin B60 mg
  • Vitamin K1 µg


Step 1

Prepare the Prawns: If your prawns are uncooked, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes until they turn pink and opaque. Drain and let them cool. If your prawns are precooked, skip this step.

Step 2

Make the Cocktail Sauce: In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce (if using), salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. This mixture will be your cocktail sauce.

Step 3

Assemble the Cocktail:

  • In each cocktail glass or bowl, place a handful of shredded lettuce at the bottom.

  • Add a layer of the prepared prawns on top of the lettuce.

Step 4

Add the Sauce & Garnish

  • Spoon the cocktail sauce generously over the prawns, ensuring they are well coated.

  • Garnish each cocktail with a lemon wedge on the rim of the glass.

  • Sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley or dill over the cocktail for added flavor and presentation.

Step 5

Chill and Serve:

  • Place the prepared prawn cocktails in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

  • When ready to serve, place the glasses or bowls on individual plates and serve cold.

Recipe Story

In the realm of culinary classics, few dishes boast the nostalgic charm and timeless appeal of a well-crafted prawn cocktail. Picture this: succulent prawns, impeccably peeled and gently nestled atop a bed of crisp, shredded iceberg lettuce, generously draped in a velvety blanket of homemade cocktail sauce. This recipe, a testament to simplicity and flavour harmony, is a revelation waiting to grace your table.

First things first – the star of the show, those luscious prawns. Whether fresh off the market or tenderly cooked to perfection, their succulence harmonises with the zingy elixir of ingredients that compose the cocktail sauce. A medley of mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and a hint of tangy lemon juice creates a symphony of flavours that dance on your palate.

The magic truly begins as you layer the elements. A generous scattering of shredded iceberg lettuce forms the base, providing a crisp and refreshing contrast to the rich, creamy sauce that follows. Then, those beautiful prawns take centre stage, gently arranged atop the lettuce like precious jewels awaiting their moment in the spotlight.

But ah, the sauce! A concoction so delightful, it deserves a standing ovation. Creamy, tangy, and with a subtle kick if you dare add a dash of hot sauce, it cascades over the plump prawns, enveloping them in a decadent embrace.

Garnished with a spritz of lemon and a sprinkle of fresh herbs, each bite becomes a symphony of textures and tastes, a marriage of simplicity and sophistication that captures the essence of indulgence without complexity.

This prawn cocktail isn't just a dish; it's an experience. It's the embodiment of culinary elegance that elevates any gathering, from intimate soirées to grand celebrations. So, gather your freshest ingredients, adorn your table with cocktail glasses, and prepare to savour the symphony that is the prawn cocktail – a timeless classic reimagined for the modern palate.

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