Beverley's Retro Prawn Cocktail recipe

Weekend recipe: Beverley’s retro prawn cocktail

Beth Macdonald Food and Wine, Life 9 Comments

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I’ve donned my best Leona Christmas frock, popped open a bottle of champagne and am SO excited to be in Nikki’s kitchen today!

With Christmas a ridiculously short time away now I thought I would share with you a simple starter that we usually have on Christmas Day – including the one coming up.

As a little girl a prawn cocktail was SUCH a special thing.

They were my Pa Frank’s favourite thing and I love to keep traditions alive by serving Retro Prawn Cocktail up to my family year in, year out. I serve them in our Riedel stemless glasses because I like how they look, but you could use anything you have – the more retro the better.

Beverley's Retro Prawn Cocktail recipe


  • 1kg of cooked, peeled, de-veined prawns
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Bunch of dill
  • Whole egg mayo
  • Sweet chilli sauce


  1. Mix together the mayo, sweet chilli sauce and chopped dill in equal parts. Taste and adjust accordingly – perhaps a little less chilli to the other two parts.
  2. The sauce can be made a few days in advance, prawns peeled so all you have to do is shred the lettuce and put it all together. It will only take a few minutes which means more time for you to spend with your family and friends with champagne in hand.

I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas! x

Do you have a dish that you serve up at Christmas that’s a bit of a family tradition?

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Comments 9

  1. Prawn cocktails are on our Christmas menu every year without fail. I served them in maroon mexican style (like the blue ones) martini glasses!

  2. Thanks Beverley who doesn’t love a prawn or 10 these were always my faves as a child too,you were pretty posh if you had a prawn cocktail in my day lol and It is one of those dishes that never go out of style.

      1. yes I know,we would go out to dinner with my parents and order prawn cocktail everytime,love prawns I could eat them everyday happily and yep we were dead posh …….0:)

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