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How to Make Prawn Cocktail Sauce

Check out my extra special prawn cocktail sauce recipe. Prawn cocktail was around in the '60s, '70s and '80s when it was very popular as a starter but with that said it's still served to this day.

Prawn Cocktail

Old fashioned it may be, but I love prawn cocktail then again, is there much I don't like in the way of food - possibly not!

Simple to make, just shred a few lettuce leaves, I use iceberg lettuce for its crispness.

What is Prawn Cocktail Sauce made of?

Prawn Cocktails are served with a Prawn Cocktail Sauce (it's also known as Marie Rose Sauce) which is made of mayonnaise, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.

I like to spruce mine up a bit so it's actually more like a Thousand Island dressing because of the addition of gherkins and capers.

Put some prawns on top of the lettuce. I've never measured the amounts I used to make the dressing - just taste as you go and add a bit more of whatever you feel it needs.

So therefore please note, the amounts in the following recipe are a rough guide - you can make any amount you wish.

Be sure to very finely chop the capers and gherkins - you don't want big lumps in the sauce.

Prawn Cocktail Sauce Recipe 

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  1. Great looking prawn cocktail Jan. I can't eat prawns unfortunately. When I first started working as a chef years and years ago,it was as the pastry Chef in the Old Orchard In in Nova Scotia. I was responsible for all the appetizers and desserts. Prawn Cocktail was one of the things I had to make. The Prawns came brined in these huge jars. I used to make the coctail sauce out of ketchup, horseradish and mayo. Not much has changed! I love your addition of chopped gerkins!

  2. The ultimate comfort food - wouldn't be the Christmas season without it! Crispy french bread a neccessity.....

  3. OH, did prawn cocktail go out of style? lol

    I've been eating this starter since you were in the Benny Hill show! ;)

  4. Looks wonderful! A great way to start any meal!

  5. Hi Jan ... I'm getting caught up on all my favorite blogs! I love prawn cocktail, and could eat it on a regular basis! I really like your cocktail sauce ... especially the capers! YUM! Happy New Year!

  6. A tasty way to enjoy shrimp!

    Happy New Year!

  7. I love prawn cocktail, and your sauce sounds super.

    Have a very Happy New Year.

  8. It has been a pleasure to get to know you over the past year Jan. I can't wait for 2009 and all that it will bring..with tasty dishes like this prawn cocktail as well. Have a safe and happy New Year!!

  9. would love to have some! :o) HAPPY NEW YEAR and here's to more lovely creations in 2009!

  10. HNY Jan. Can't go wrong with shrimp cocktail!

  11. Loving the prawn cocktail Jan. It's still a hit with me.
    Looks and sounds delicious.


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