How to Make Prawn Cocktail Sauce

Prawn cocktail was around in the 60's,70's and 80's when it was very popular as a starter but with that said it's still served to this day; it's just a bit more fancy that it used to be.

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

Cocktail Sauce

Simple to make, just shred a few lettuce leaves, I use iceberg lettuce for it's crispness. Put some prawns on top. I have 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. Therefore, please note that the amounts in the following are a rough guide.

Yield: 2

Prawn Cocktail

Back to the 60's, 70's and 80's good old Prawn Cocktail!
prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins


2 handfuls Prawns
Iceberg lettuce - shredded
Lemon wedges to serve 

To make the cocktail sauce:
4 tablespoons of Hellmann's mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of Heinz tomato ketchup
1 or 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of paprika
3 or 4 small gherkins - finely chopped
10 capers - rinsed well and finely chopped
A squirt of fresh lemon juice - to taste
Freshly ground black pepper 


Just mix the lot together and taste it. It should be a lovely orange colour and taste nice and tangy. 

Season with some freshly ground black pepper. You may want to add a little more Worcestershire sauce or ketchup.

Serve the sauce on top of the lettuce and prawns, a little more black pepper and a wedge of lemon.
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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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