Serve-yourself prawn cocktail

This clever prawn cocktail recipe creates a rustic, serve-yourself-style meal that's perfect for fuss-free summer entertaining

By Jennene Plummer
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Serve-yourself prawn cocktail
  • 4 slice pancetta
  • 1 baby cos lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, seeded, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch watercress
  • 2 radish, finely sliced
  • 750 gram cooked king prawns, peeled, deveined, tails on
  • lemon wedges to serve
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoon horseradish cream


Serve-yourself prawn cocktail
  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2
    Place pancetta in a single layer on tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp.
  • 3
    On a large platter, arrange lettuce leaves cup-side up. Top each leaf with cherry tomatoes, avocado, watercress and radish slices.
  • 4
    Top with prawns and break over pancetta. Drizzle with sauce and season to taste. Accompany with lemon wedges.
  • 5
    In a bowl, whisk all the ingredients together. Season to taste.


  •  If preferred, you can build prawn cocktails in individual dishes or small cocktail glasses.