Prawn cocktail and salmon parcels recipe

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These prawn cocktail with salmon parcels are the perfect starter for any special occasion.

Prawn cocktail and salmon parcels
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  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins plus chilling
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeExpensive
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories344 Kcal17%
Fat27 g39%
Saturated Fat4 g20%
Carbohydrates5 g2%

These prawn cocktail with salmon parcels are perfect for starting your Christmas dinner, or any other special occasion.

The prawn cocktail has managed to stay fashionable (well, sort of) since the 1960s. Never out of place at a dinner party, we’ve made our prawn cocktails extra special by wrapping them in smoked salmon. We’ve also used tiger prawns to add glamour but you can use smaller prawns if you’re on a budget or find them easier to get hold of. Even better, these can be assembled a couple of hours before serving, and garnished just before taking to the table. Perfect for Christmas starter (opens in new tab) or any special occasion when you’re making a whole range of dishes. For a fruit twist, try our top-rated prawn cocktail recipe (opens in new tab).

Looking for another bite-sized treat? Why not try our delicious mince pies recipe!


  • 200g smoked salmon slices
  • 150g cooked tiger prawns
  • 1 ready-to-eat avocado, peeled and cut into cubes

for the Marie Rose sauce:

  • 5 heaped tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3tbsp tomato ketchup or chutney
  • 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • splash of Tabasco sauce juice of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp paprikasalad leaves, to serve

you will need:

  • 4 ramekins, lightly oiled and lined with cling film




  1. Line the prepared ramekins with the smoked salmon, allowing an overhang, as you’ll need to fold this over the bases once filled.
  2. For the Marie Rose sauce, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.
  3. Season to taste with lemon juice and salt and pepper. Reserve 4 tiger prawns for decorating the tops. Mix the remaining prawns, along with the avocado, into the sauce and use to fill each of the lined ramekins. Fold the overhang of smoked salmon over the top and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
  4. To serve, turn out the prawn cocktail parcels carefully onto serving plates and garnish with the salad leaves. Place a whole tiger prawn on top and finish with a sprinkling of paprika.