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How to Serve Prawn Cocktail

Prawns Cocktail

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This prawn cocktail is one of the easiest appetizer to make that just looks out of this world professional which also of course includes an absolutely to die for recipe for Marie Rose sauce. 

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 309 kcal


Prawn Cocktail
  • 24 large raw prawns per person
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1 or 2 Avocados de-stoned and quartered
Dressing for iceberg
  • 15 ml of olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp of brown sugar
  • pinch of salt & pepper
Marie Rose Sauce
  • 150 g of mayo
  • 60 g of ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of brandy
  • 1 tsp of tabasco
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 dessert spoon of lemon juice
  • 1 dessert spoon of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cracked black pepper
Garnish, options
  • small bunch of chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp of freshly chopped chives


  • Begin by preparing the Marie Rose, simply compile all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk well making sure there are no lumps, taste and make sure it is seasoned to your taste.
  • Next make the dressing for the iceberg, again, just mix all ingredients together in a separate bowl and season to taste
  • If you are using raw prawns* boil them in a pot of lightly salted water for 2/3 mins then transfer directly in an ice bath**.
  • To assemble, shred the iceberg with a sharp knife scatter a bit of fresh parley throughout and lightly toss it in a dessert spoon of the dressing (you just want a hint of dressing it should not be wet wet just glistening) , slice a quarter of an avocado and drizzle it with lemon juice
  • When the prawns have cooled put them in a small bowl and mix them in a tablespoon of Marie-rose sauce
  • In a martini glass or on a plate place a handful of iceberg , followed by the prawns and arrange the Avocado neatly to the side
  • Top with a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh chives and maybe a drizzle more Marie Rose & finish by placing a slice of lemon on side
  • Enjoy with some crusty white bread of a fresh slice of buttered Guinness bread


* See Notes above in post below 'How to Cook Prawns'
** An ice bath is a bowl filled with cold water and ice cubes.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 7gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 470mgPotassium: 347mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 732IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
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