A new dawn for prawns

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am


Prawn cocktail used to be popular in the 1960s and 70s but fell out of favour and fashion soon afterwards. This is because restaurants and cafes alike started using poor-quality ingredients in their dishes, making them a popular choice even among less well-off people.

But with the seafood dish now enjoying a modern-day revival, this is your chance to make a big splash with this yummy appetiser.


2 glasses

Chopping board




Small bowl


200g cooked prawns

1 Romaine lettuce, washed

2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon tomato ketchup

1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

salt and black pepper

Tabasco sauce

2 thick slices of lemon as garnish


1 Cut the lettuce into thin strips on a chopping board using a knife.

2 To make the cocktail sauce, place the mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, lemon juice and a dash of Tabasco sauce in a small bowl and mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3 Place the lettuce in the glasses. Place an equal number of prawns on top of the lettuce in each glass.

4 Using a teaspoon, drizzle the cocktail sauce over the prawns.

5 Decorate with lemon slices and serve immediately.

How much do you know about the ingredients used to make prawn cocktail? Take this quiz to find out.

1 Prawn cocktail was served at the wedding reception of which of these famous couples?

a David and Victoria Beckham

b Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton

c Monaco's Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock

d Katy Perry and Russell Brand

2 Prawns are also known by what other name?

a crayfish

b lobster

c shrimp

d scampi

3 Where is the prawn's heart located?

a its head

b its thorax

c its abdomen

d it doesn't have a heart

4 How many pairs of appendages do prawns have?

a 4

b 6

c 8

d 10

5 Are prawns cannibals?

a yes

b no

6 Worcestershire sauce is a fermented seasoning. Which of the following ingredients gives it its unique flavouring?

a prawns

b anchovies

c tomato ketchup

d Parmesan cheese

7 Romaine lettuce is also known as ...

a gem

b iceberg

c cos

d webbs

8 In traditional Chinese medicine, lettuce is considered to have which of the following qualities?

a heating

b warming

c neutral

d cooling

9 Where did tomato ketchup originate?

a America

b Malaysia

c Indonesia

d China

10 How many tablespoons of ketchup on average are eaten with a portion of French fries?

a 2

b 3

c 4

d 5

Answers: 1. b, 2. c, 3. a, 4. c, 5. a, 6. b, 7. c, 8. d, 9. d, 10. c