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5 from 7 votes

Easy Prawn Cocktail with Homemade Sauce (Shrimp Cocktail)

A classic for a reason! This perfect appetiser or light meal is so easy to throw together and can be customised to your tastes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: British
Keyword: prawns, shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Carrie Carvalho



  • 400 grams cooked and peeled prawns
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts
  • paprika to garnish
  • 4 lemon wedges to garnish

Cocktail Sauce

  • 4 tbsp double cream (heavy cream) or mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 4 drops Tabasco
  • 1 tsp dry sherry
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash and slice the lettuce. Slice the tomatoes in half.
  • Prepare the cocktail sauce by mixing the ingredients together in a bowl until fully combined. Add salt and pepper to taste, plus extra tabasco and/or lemon juice as desired.
  • To assemble, divide the lettuce and tomatoes between four plates or glasses. Top with the prawns plus a generous spoonful of cocktail sauce.
  • To serve, dust with paprika and serve with a lemon wedge.


The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. It is not suitable for freezing.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1816IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg