Potted prawns recipe

(96 ratings)

Woman's Weekly's potted prawn is a great quick and easy dinner party starter. For more prawn recipes visit goodtoknow.co.uk

  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins (not including defrosting or chilling time)
Cooking Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories253 Kcal13%
Fat21 g30%
Saturated Fat6 g30%

Good dinner party starter or lunchtime snack, quick and easy to make using cooked frozen prawns


  • 150g (5oz) butter
  • 400g (14oz) cooked prawns, defrosted if frozen
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4-6 sprigs of dill, for garnish
  • Melba toast or crispbreads, to serve
  • 4-6 small pots or dishes




  1. Melt the butter in a pan, add the prawns and cook over a gentle heat for 3-4 mins, or until the prawns are hot.
  2. Stir in the lemon zest, cayenne pepper nutmeg and seasoning. Divide prawns between the pots or dishes and pour the butter over the top.
  3. Leave the mixture to cool so that the butter sets.
  4. Once cold, the prawns may be refrigerated for up to 2 days, but remove the pots/dishes from the fridge about 10-15 mins before serving, to allow them to warm slightly.
  5. Garnish each pot/dish with a sprig of dill and serve with Melba toast or crispbreads.
Top Tip for making Potted prawns

If this recipe is prepared more than a day in advance, make sure the prawns are completely covered with butter to stop them drying out - so add a little more butter, if necessary

Food & Recipes writer

Sue McMahon is a former Food and Recipes Writer at GoodTo and Cooking Editor at Woman's Weekly. Her primary passion is cakes and Sue regularly travels the world teaching cake decorating. Her biggest achievement to date was winning the Prix d’honneur at La Salon Culinaire International de Londres beating over 1,200 other entries.