Make your own: Prawn Cocktail Sauce

Don’t buy a whole bottle of sauce for one meal.

I’ve used this for quite a number of years now whenever I have served prawns, either in a traditional prawn cocktail or on a platter. It tastes just like the store bought seafood sauce, if not better as you can adjust the flavour balance to suit your own taste buds. And of course it works out a lot cheaper than buying a bottle or jar, especially if you rarely eat prawns and the left-over sauce ends up sitting in the fridge for months.

The ingredients below will make enough for 3 or 4 servings when used as a dressing. It is easily multiplied if needed for more people or to fill a dipping bowl. You can make this a day or two in advance and keep in a jar or airtight container in the fridge.

I find it is best to make the sauce using the proportions given, then taste and adjust if required – if you like a pinker colour then add more tomato sauce, for more tang add a few more drops of Worcestershire sauce.

Ingredients – serves 3-4 as a salad dressing:

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise (I use whole egg mayo)
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (from a bottle is fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Place all the ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
  • Taste and adjust if necessary. Add a little more tomato ketchup for sweetness and extra pink colour. Add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce for extra tang.
  • Serve with your prawn cocktail or other seafood.
  • Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Make your own: Prawn Cocktail Sauce

  1. awoni3 says:

    I can’t believe how easy this is! Thought there would some crazy secret ingredients!

  2. lonaj68 says:

    I love prawn cocktails. So 70’s of me I know. I make a similar sauce too. Try adding a dash of Tabasco and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Brings out the zing.

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