Seafood cocktail

The secret to a brilliant seafood cocktail is not only homemade mayonnaise (which is essential), but also chopping all the ingredients evenly and finely so it’s easy to eat. 

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 0 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 4


12 large cooked tiger prawns, shelled

100g white crab meat

½ small cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

12 baby plum tomatoes, quartered

1 little gem lettuce, finely shredded

1 avocado, finely diced

paprika, for sprinkling



2 heaped tbsp tomato ketchup

4 heaped tbsp homemade mayonnaise (see recipe overleaf)

1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

lemon juice, to taste

1 tsp brandy (optional)

• few drops Tabasco sauce


1. Mix all the ingredients for the cocktail sauce together; season and set aside.

2. Reserve 4 prawns to garnish, then chop the rest into bite-sized pieces. Mix the crab meat with 1 tbsp cocktail sauce. Assemble the remaining ingredients in 4 glasses or bowls, layering them up as you like, with a little cocktail sauce in between. Garnish each with a whole prawn and sprinkling of paprika.