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prawn cocktail served in glass ware
Spicy Prawn Cocktail
Cook Time
5 mins
 
Spicy Prawn cocktail is a classic starter dish where juicy prawns are tossed in traditional pink Marie Rose sauce with an added punch. A dish that can be served as starter, for salads or along with mains. Prawn cocktail essential has prawns, salad and a sauce in it.
Course: Starters
Cuisine: British
Keyword: starters, prawns, seafood, party appetizers
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 228 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb freshest and best prawns
  • 1 lemon or lime quartered
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 whole black pepper corns
  • Generous pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce or romaine, shredded
Cocktail Sauce-
  • 4 tablespoon mayonnaise preferably whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce or Worcestershire sauce or tabasco sauce or any hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish finely grated creamed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. You can season or flavour it with a bay leave, few whole black pepper corns along with salt. Once water comes to boil, add prawns (shelled or with shells but remember to devein the prawns) to the boiling water.
  2. Pro-Tip : I devein the prawns before cooking. I also prefer removing the head , but leave the tail on. It’s so hard to devein it once cooked.
  3. For serving purpose keep a few prawns with tail on.
  4. Cook until pink and slightly firm to touch. It should take about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Drain prawns immediately and cool it under running water.
  6. To make prawn cocktail sauce, combine good mayonnaise that is smooth in texture, tomato ketchup, Sriracha sauce, lime juice, horseradish, ground pepper and salt in bowl. Whisk well and make a smooth sauce. You can store this in fridge for about 24 hours.
  7. Note - Just before serving, toss cooked prawns in the sauce.
  8. Place cooked prawns in large bowl, add sauce over it and toss well until every prawn is coated well in the sauce.
  9. Note - If sauce seems thin, add a little more of each of the sauce ingredients over the prawns and toss again.
  10. If serving in lettuce cups, do not shred all lettuce leave, keep few lettuce cups whole.
  11. If serving in martini glasses for sophisticated elegant look, shred lettuce leaves and divide it between the martini cups or any glass ware that you want to use to serve these cocktail prawns.
  12. Arrange neatly prawns tossed in sauce. This is an important step.
  13. Garnish with lemon wedged and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Cooked prawns and cocktail rose Marie sauce can be made ahead and stored in refrigerator for about 24 hours. 

Toss prawns in sauce only before serving.

Leftover cocktail prawns can be refrigerated for a day. But best eaten as soon as its made. 

 

Peeling prawns and deveining them needs practise. Prep time is how much time it took me to devein and peel prawns. Depending on how well practised you are to handle prawns the time will very. 

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Prawn Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 291mg 97%
Sodium 1085mg 45%
Potassium 199mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 26.2%
Calcium 19.9%
Iron 15.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.