Prawn Cocktail with lettuce at bottom of glass, avocado chunks on top of the Marie Rose sauce, and a lemon wedge.

English Prawn Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: British


Shrimp cocktail in England is different than in North America. In England it’s called Prawn Cocktail and they use a different sauce, among other things.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. ketchup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce, like Tabasco (optional)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 20 large cooked shrimp, deveined, peeled but with tail on (buy them already cooked or learn how here)
  • 8 small butter lettuce or romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed (learn how to cut an avocado here)
  • 4 slices of buttered whole wheat bread, quartered
  • Lemon wedges for optional garnish


  1. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, and salt. Taste.
  2. Add any or all of the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper. Stir.
  3. Put two lettuce leaves into each of four small serving bowls (martini glasses are great for this!).
  4. Top each set of lettuce leaves with ¼ of the avocado cubes. Drizzle each with ¼ of the sauce.
  5. Hook shrimp around the edges of the serving bowls, 5 shrimp per bowl.
  6. Put each serving bowl onto a plate. Onto each plate plate put 4 quarters of buttered bread. Top avocado with a lemon wedge, if desired.

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