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Classic Prawn Cocktail Recipe For Parties

This retro classic prawn cocktail is the perfect recipe starter for entertaining. Very quick and easy to make, yet super tasty. Ideal for light lunches on their own or add to a jacket potato.

prawn cocktail starter

WHERE DID PRAWN COCKTAIL ORIGINATE?

In the United Kingdom, the invention of the prawn cocktail is often credited to British television chef Fanny Cradock in the 1960s; however, it is more likely that Cradock popularised her version of an established dish that was not well known until then in Britain

Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1/2 Lettuce Washed and dried
  • 4 tbsp Plain Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Horseradish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 230 g Cooked, peeled Prawns

How to make the best prawn cocktail

  • Shred your lettuce, and half fill your glasses or serving bowls.
  • Combine the mayonnaise with the yoghurt, ketchup, Worcestershire and horseradish sauces and lemon juice.
  • Add the prawns and mix well. Chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Spoon equal amounts on top of your lettuce.
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve with bread and butter.

WHAT MAIN MEAL GOES WITH A PRAWN COCKTAIL?

You can add this to a bowl of pasta and eat it either hot or cold. Prawn cocktail is well known to go with jacket potatoes. Add a lovely mixed salad to go with it.

HOW IS THE PRAWN COCKTAIL FLAVOUR MADE?

The prawn cocktail sauce consists of:

  • Plain Yoghurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Horseradish Sauce
  • Lemon Juice

WHAT PRAWNS DO I USE FOR THE COCKTAIL?

I buy frozen ready-cooked small prawns and defrost them when I need them. Or you can buy raw prawns and cook them, then leave them to cool. King prawns have more flavour but don’t go as far if you have plenty of mouths to feed.

HOW TO SERVE A PRAWN COCKTAIL?

All you need is a small serving dish such as a ramekin bowl as in the photo, but a more traditional and retro way is to serve it in a cocktail glass. You can also just serve it in a lettuce cup and place it on a fancy plate.

prawn cocktail starter

Classic Prawn Cocktail Starter Recipe

Rachel
Retro delightful prawn cocktail. The best starter for entertaining.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine British
Servings 4
Calories 131 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 Lettuce (Washed and dried)
  • 4 tbsp Plain Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Horseradish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 230 g Cooked, peeled Prawns

Instructions
 

  • Shred your lettuce and half fill your glasses or serving bowls.
  • Combine the mayonnaise with the yoghurt, ketchup, worcestershire and horseradish sauces and lemon juice.
  • Add the prawns and mix well. Chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Spoon equal amounts on top of your lettuce.
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve with bread and butter.
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Notes

For a bit more spice you can add a splash of Tabasco Sauce to give it an extra kick!

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 609mgPotassium: 306mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 531IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy prawn cocktail
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