Prawn (Shrimp) Cocktail

"A fairly traditional Australian prawn cocktail recipe with the addition of some tomato and corn to garnish. It always tastes best if you use prawns just freshly cooked but then cooled in the fridge a while."
photo by Leggy Peggy photo by Leggy Peggy
photo by Leggy Peggy
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  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, tomato sauce and pepper and mix well.
  • Add a few drops of tabasco sauce, stir and taste, adding more tabasco to taste.
  • Add prawns to the bowl and blend through lightly.
  • Place lettuce leaves in bottom of 4 martini glasses and top with prawn mixture (4 prawns per serve).
  • Garnish with cherry tomatoes and corn kernels.
  • Serve chilled.

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  1. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    WHAT a amazing recipe! OH my. My DH took this to lunch yesterday (at work) and people were drooling all over it. (thankfully he was able to wipe the drool away) I followed this exactly, and the taste was so comforting, and good for the soul. Love, love, love the sauce! Added some green onion bits on the salad overall and used fresh corn kernels as suggested. Made for Aussie Swap 2012
  2. Leggy Peggy
    Perfect recipe -- easy-to-make, colourful, delicious and classy. I had 12 medium-size prawns, so made half a batch of sauce, which was plenty. Used Recipe #207860 for the sauce base and couldn't resist adding a teaspoon of horseradish cream. Used fresh, raw corn kernels, which gave a lovely crunch. Also cut a small tomato in wedges and alternated the slices with the prawns. Hubby was so pleased he figured it was still his birthday, but that was yesterday. Thanks for posting.
  3. Lavender Lynn
    Loved this. Different from the sauce used here in the USA. I liked it better. The corn really added a great complimentary flavor to the shrimp. Made for Aus/NZ swap.
  4. Sheynath
    This is a great sauce. I don't usually use a mayo base on a shrimp cocktail, so it was a nice change for us. The corn highlights the sweetness of the prawns and adds a nice texture.
  5. edna.harris
    i found it better with prawns & no pepper but apart from that it was top notch it was so simple to make even my partner could make it i put spring onions in it aswell and its tastes even better.


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