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These pretty little no-bake nibbles are perfect for passing around at a party or offering up on a buffet table.
Simple Prawn Cocktail Canapés are so delicious and can be made up in no time. And who doesn’t love a retro classic when celebrating for a dose of tradition and nostalgia?!
Prawn Cocktail is the classic 80s-inspired starter. It still features on many a British Christmas Dinner table today, because we all love a timeless classic during the festive season.
These Prawn Cocktail Canapés are an adapted version of the starter-in-a-glass and can be served up at any time of year for quick and easy finger food that looks impressive and tastes so good, but is actually put together in minutes.
Why you’ll love this Prawn Cocktail recipe
⭐️ Inexpensive but impressive
⭐️ Simple but tastes so good
⭐️ Food nostalgia!
How we came up with these canapés
What I love the most about making a tray of these Prawn Cocktail Canapés is how little faff and prep goes into them. But despite the simplicity, they look lovely and decadent, and they always go down a treat with guests.
The little gem lettuce has a perfect bite-size cup, which I use the inner leaves of for this recipe as they’re a bit more robust for handling. I save the outer leaves to use in salads.
Another little win is that you can prepare everything ahead of time, and all that’s left to do is just fill the cups with the prawn filling before you serve, which means less time in the kitchen and more time with your friends and family!
Make this as part of your No Stress Christmas Dinner Plan 2023!
More easy Christmas canapés and nibbles
⭐️ Baked Camembert ⭐️
⭐️ Smoked Salmon Canapés ⭐️
⭐️ Brie & Cranberry Bites ⭐️
⭐️ Mince Pies ⭐️
Prawn Cocktail Ingredients
- Little gem lettuces – They are the perfect size
- Prawns – Peeled and cooked
- Mayonnaise – Any type is fine here
- Tomato ketchup
- Worcester Sauce – Or Henderson’s Relish
- Paprika – To sprinkle
- Chives – To garnish (optional)
How to make Prawn Cocktail Cups
- Separate and wash the inner leaves of the lettuce. Prepare the prawns and prawn cocktail sauce in a bowl.
2. When ready to serve, spoon the filling into the leaves and sprinkle with paprika and chopped chives.
Marie Rose sauce – This is a simple recipe made up of mayo, ketchup and Worcester sauce, but you can use a ready-made sauce if you prefer.
I like to sprinkle paprika and fresh chives to garnish
This is a small portion size, being suitable for 4 people as nibbles or canapés served with other dishes too. If you’re only serving this as a starter I’d suggest double the recipe for 4.
The recipe says 1 lettuce but I always buy 2 in case the leaves are not the right size and I need extra! Save any you don’t use for salads, of course.
Make this as a classic prawn cocktail instead
Using the same ingredients, simply chop up the lettuce and serve inside a small glass bowl as a starter for a sit-down meal.
Yes, just defrost them according to the pack instructions before using.
Do this by prepping up to the end of step 2 in the recipe. Store the separated leaves and the prawns in the sauce (in a covered bowl) in the fridge over night. All that’s left is to fill the cups just before serving.
Don’t fill them more than 15 minutes before serving (ideally) as the lettuce will go a little floppy.
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Prawn Cocktail Canapés
- 1 Little gem lettuce
- 150 g Prawns (cooked and peeled)
- 100 g Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Tomato ketchup
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Pinch of paprika, To sprinkle
- Chives (optional), Snipped
- Cut the stalk from the lettuce and carefully separate the leaves. Wash and dry.
- In a small bowl mix the prawns with the mayo, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
- Spoon the filling into the lettuce leaves just before serving and sprinkle with a little paprika and/or chives.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.