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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.75 / 5 (60 votes)

Prep time:
10 min

It’s no surprise the prawn cocktail is as popular as ever, with the combination of fresh prawns, crunchy lettuce and cocktail sauce making a winning starter.


1. For the cocktail sauce, whisk the egg yolks, mustard and vinegar, then pour in the vegetable oil in a thin, steady stream. Continue to whisk until you have the consistency of double cream. Stir in the ketchup, whisky or brandy and cayenne pepper.

2. Mix the lettuce, spring onions and cucumber with a little salt and a squeeze of lemon and put in the bottom of two glasses.

3. Stir the prawns into the cocktail sauce and place on top of the lettuce, finish with a sprinkling of cayenne.


For the cocktail sauce

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • splashes whisky or brandy
  • pinches cayenne pepper

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Why is there a dog photo?

KASPER90 KASPER90  Posted 02 Apr 2010 11:14 AM

Why is there a dog photo?

KASPER90 KASPER90  Posted 02 Apr 2010 11:13 AM