Quick and Easy Prawn Cocktail Recipe

Prawn cocktail is the ultimate, tongue in cheek, retro starter, which many of us secretly love. It takes us back to childhood, when a prawn cocktail was considered sophisticated and adventurous, but had the reassuringly familiar flavours of salad cream and tomato ketchup.

Nowadays retro food is cool again and you will find that prawn cocktails have graduated to using mayonnaise and are garnished with whole prawns in their shells. You might even find grown-up ingredients like vodka and horseradish added in an attempt to turn the prawn cocktail into a serious foodie interpretation of its Seventies self. This recipe goes back to the retro roots of prawn cocktail, with an easy Marie Rose sauce keeping it simple and tasty, as well as fun.

Recipe for Prawn Cocktail

300g / 9oz large cooked peeled prawns
one unpeeled prawn per person to garnish
Iceberg or little gem lettuce
Paprika to sprinkle on top
Lemon wedges to serve

For the prawn cocktail sauce
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 ½ tablespoons tomato ketchup
dash of Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix together the sauce ingredients and taste to make sure it is right for you. You might like another dash of Tabasco if you like spicy food.

Shred your lettuce and arrange it at the bottom of your serving glasses or bowls. Pile your peeled prawns on top, then spoon over the Marie Rose sauce. Garnish with the unpeeled prawns and sprinkle with a little paprika. Serve with a wedge of lemon.

You can use a mixture of salad cream and mayonnaise if you are hankering after that childhood memory of prawn cocktail.
Or make your own mayonnaise if you want to smarten up your prawn cocktail, and use tomato puree instead of ketchup.
Try making a sauce with mayonnaise, tomato chutney, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and Tabasco, for a new take on the prawn cocktail.
For shrimp cocktail just use cooked peeled shrimps instead of the prawns in this recipe. The only difference is in that shrimps are smaller than prawns and can have a slightly blander flavour, so you might want to spice up the sauce a bit.

Feeling like Modern British food rather than retro tonight? Try eating out at one of the great British restaurants in Nottingham.

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  1. This recipe is totally decadent and “Bugger the Calories imbibed. It was given me so long ago but never forgotten.

    1 Cup of cream, whipped to a medium/heavy thickness
    Half a cup of tomato sauce
    Third of a cup of Worcester sauce,
    Juice of one large ripe lemon
    A touch of Tobasco sauce if you enjoy spicy foods

    Several leaves of Buttercrunch Lettuce or similar

    Mix Cream, Tomato Sauce, Worcester sauce and Lemon juice. (Tobasco to suit your taste if required).

    Place liberal quantity of cooked and peeled, cooled shrimp from the refrigerator into the mix above. I love plenty of Shrimp.
    Shrimp (halve if they are large)

    Mix all together, and then add as much finely chopped lettuce as necessary leaves to bind mix together to a heavy thickness on the spoon.

    Spoon into cocktail glasses. Squeeze a half medium Lemon into each glass and place in refrigerator for an hour.

    Serve. This also is a “to die for recipe” for an oyster cocktail. All my friends bully me for a second helping. This recipe will make about three to four glasses, depending on the amount of shrimp added.

    Am salivating while writing this. Great Christmas starter, or party talking point. Print this recipe and hand to friends who try this totally fattening cocktail mix. Is different from the usual offerings listed for shrimp cocktails, but so YUMMM!! and you will be pestered for it, so be prepared.

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