Prawn Cocktail: A Quick and Easy Lunch

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Yesterday, with Mum off work and lunch having to be more than a cheese and crisp sandwich (that really won’t help the diet), we decided to be a little bit more adventurous with the left overs in the fridge and make a prawn cocktail. This delicious prawn cocktail is quick and easy to make.

What we found was actually very simple. There were a few prawns leftover from dinner the night before, some avocados getting close to their use by, and a looking-sorry-for-itself lettuce. As always, we had the staples like bread and cheese and eggs but no one wanted anything using them. This was when we had the idea to try a prawn cocktail.

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Cutting the avocados in half and removing the stone, mum placed a half on each plate. While she did that, I mixed 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise with a generous helping of tomato purée until it turned a nice pink colour before adding a splash of tabasco sauce. We then chopped up the prawns and mixed them through the mayonnaise before serving it on top of the avocado. To finish it off, a few chopped cherry tomatoes, a couple of slices of cucumber and some lettuce for a bit of a crunch. Et voilà! A perfectly simple lunch for anyone wanting something quick and easy.

What you need (serves 3)

  • 3 avocados
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (light if you wish)
  • Approx 1 tablespoon tomato purée (can use ketchup)
  • A splash of Tabasco sauce
  • 100g cooked prawns chopped
  • 6 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • Cucumber for garnishing
  • Lettuce for garnishing


  • Mix the mayonnaise, tomato purée, Tabasco sauce and prawns in a bowl
  • Cut the avocados in half and remove stones
  • Spoon some of the prawn mayonnaise onto the halves of avocado
  • Garnish with tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce
  • Serve with a spoon!

So there you have it, a quick and easy lunch for anyone wanting to try something new.


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Prawn cocktail is a retro classic that always stands the test of time. The creamy Marie Rose sauce is made from store cupboard ingredients so is perfect for a budget-friendly starter or lunch that still feels like a treat. Stir through a mixture of fresh prawns and layer up on fresh lettuce, avocado and cucumber for a simple, no-fuss starter that takes you back. If you want to bulk it out, serve your prawn cocktail on a bed of buttered freshly baked wheaten bread. Or a nice thick slice of white bread!

Prawns with shells on can’t be beaten for flavour or texture. Although time-consuming to peel, they really are worth the effort and you can make great stock for risotto from the shells. At times, a shell-on prawn will have a dark green or black head – this occurs naturally due to a pressure change when the fishing nets are brought to the surface. Ready- peeled prawns are perfect sandwich-fillers. Either are great for this recipe! We tend to have some ready peeled, ready cooked prawns in the freezer for this perfect occasion, but buying fresh always tastes so much better.

To make your meal look super fancy, why not serve it in a fancy cocktail glass? I mean, we just serve it on a plate, but if serving to a group then a fancy glass makes it look really impressive for something so simple!

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