King prawns cocktail recipe

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This King prawns cocktail is succulent and packed full of flavour. It's so simple to make and only takes 10 mins. Served with crisp lettuce leaves

Preparation Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

Prawn cocktail has suffered a bad press in recent years. Its connotations conjure up tired images of suburban dinner parties from the 1970s – think Abigail’s Party – but the dish is much better than that. It is, in fact, a contemporary classic and if you have the courage to try, you will immediately find out why. Its light, and fresh, and just the thing to start a meal. It’s also very easy to put together. And it tastes delicious! So park your prejudices and let your taste buds live a little.


  • 125g cooked and peeled jumbo king prawns
  • 4tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ¼tsp creamed horseradish (or a drop or two of Tabasco) to taste
  • 1 lime
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 little gem lettuce, trimmed, washed and drained
  • Mustard and cress to garnish




  1. Drain the prawns. Mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup and horseradish (or Tabasco). Cut a couple of slices from the lime for a garnish, add a little lime juice, to taste, to the mayonnaise mixture, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Finely shred the lettuce and pop in the bottom of a couple of cocktail glasses. Spoon over the mayonnaise mix and neatly arrange the prawns on top.
  3. Garnish with mustard and cress and a slice of lime.

Top tips for making King prawns cocktail

When adding the horseradish (or Tabasco) only add a little at a time; and check. You want to add a little flavour, not a lot of heat.

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