Ultimate prawn cocktail recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
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  • This classic prawn cocktail recipe makes the perfect starter for any dinner party and it’s so easy to do that you’ll never want to buy shop bought again. We think sometimes prawn cocktail gets a bit of a bad reputation for being old fashioned, but we’d argue it’s a classic! The sweet and sour combination of spicy Tabasco, brandy, tomato ketchup and mayonnaise works so well with juicy prawns and crisp lettuce. You can serve this prawn cocktail recipe up in individual portions or make one large sharing dish for friends or family members to dig into and help themselves. You can make the sauce up ahead of when you need it so this is a good pre-pre recipe for when you’re busy. Just pop it in a jar in the fridge and it’ll be ok for up to a week. When it’s time to serve your prawn cocktail simply take your sauce from the fridge, arrange your extras and portion up some delicious bread and butter to mop up all the tasty sauce. It’s as easy as that!


    • 350g prawns
    • 200g iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
    • 4 spring onions finely sliced
    • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
    • Squeeze of lime
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper
    • For the cocktail sauce:
    • Small jar mayonnaise, or about a cup full of home-made
    • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
    • Dash of Tabasco
    • Splash of whisky or brandy
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper


    • Mix the lettuce with the spring onions, avocado, a little salt and pepper, a pinch of cayenne and a squeeze of lime.

    • Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together, adding a little more or less of everything to suit your taste. Reserving one spoonful of the cocktail sauce and a few juicy prawns for the top, stir the remaining prawns in the cocktail sauce.

    • In two ice cream sundae style glasses, layer the salad mix and then the prawn mix in five layers to the top and finish with a spoonful of the cocktail sauce topped with a few juicy prawns.

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