Prawn Cocktail - Prawn again

Prawn Cocktail

Well hello you. It's been a while! Update on life: Boyfriend and Maria are still very much alive and have missed you dearly!

Just yesterday in fact, a friend asked me what was up with my blog - it's been a year since I've posted. I know, shameful right? I also received a kind comment online recently from someone asking me when I was going to post again. I think I've therefore come to the conclusion that two comments in one week constitutes a good kick up the backside!

So here I am! And I intend to stay! I'm also starting off with an easy dish - prawn cocktail.

To my English friends this is something that is all very familiar. Prawn cocktail is a classic light dish typically served as an Hors-d'oeuvre/starter and consists of prawns in a Marie Rose/Thousand Island dressing type sauce. Interestingly enough, my boyfriend knows nothing of this dish, so either he's been living under a rock or maybe it didn't quite cross the pond?! Either way, if you like seafood, prawn cocktail is a great starter to impress your friends or a delicious light salad on a hot summers day.

If you are super lazy you could buy pre-made prawn cocktail sauce (Thousand Island dressing for my American friends). 

Prawn Cocktail

Prawn Cocktail (Serves 4)

  • 400g cooked shell-on north atlantic prawns 
  • 1 iceberg lettuce or equivalent amount of gem lettuce, washed and trimmed
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • A pinch of paprika for dusting

For the sauce: 

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 5 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • A few drops of tabasco to taste (I use 4-5 drops)
  1. For the sauce, mix together the tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, splash of tabasco and lemon juice in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. The prawns should be pre-cooked and cold. If you managed to buy raw prawns, then cook them in a dry frying pan until pink all over and leave to cool.  Peel the majority of the prawns, leaving a couple with their shells per serving for garnishing purposes. 
  3. To assemble the cocktails, place the lettuce on the bottom of four glasses or small bowls followed by the diced avocado on top. Add the peeled prawns and a generous helping of sauce on top.
  4. Arrange the unpeeled prawns on the top and give the whole thing a light dusting of paprika.
Prawn Cocktail
Prawn Cocktail