Seafood Cocktail Sauce Recipe

prawn cocktail sauce served in an oval marble bowl with a wooden spoon with a whole lettuce in the background

seafood cocktail sauce served in an oval marble bowl with a wooden spoon with a whole lettuce in the background


Seafood cocktail sauce is super easy to make, delicious and ready in minutes.

This cocktail sauce recipe takes fresh prawns or seafood to another level. Spicy, sweet, delicious and made in minutes. You’ll never buy store bought again!

So retro, but ever so popular, no wonder this classic is timeless. Prawn or seafood cocktails simply say summer. The perfect combination of super fresh prawns, cold, crunchy lettuce finely shredded and this glorious rose coloured sauce says Christmas in Australia.

We grew up with prawn cocktail as a starter for our Christmas feast. Our father, who grew up as one of 9 children watched his mother slave in the Australian heat of Christmas day, preparing a traditional English hot roast Christmas lunch. Dad suggested to Mum when they married that he didn’t want her to swelter under the same circumstances. Hence our Christmas Day feast always had loads of cold seafood and chilled salads. Here, Here! Not to mention,  Mum was a Christmas day baby, Noeleena Mary Josephine! If that doesn’t say Christmas I don’t know what will.

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prawn cocktail sauce served in an oval marble bowl with a wooden spoon with a whole lettuce in the background
Yield: 2 cups

Seafood Cocktail Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Seafood cocktail sauce is super quick to make and delicious. It really lift prawns or seafood to another flavour level.


  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 heaped tsp dry mustard powder or wet hot English mustard
  • 1/2 cup malt vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fine white pepper
  • 3 tblsp pouring cream
  • 3 tblsp tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • 1 1/2 tblsp worstershire sauce
  • 2 tsp tabasco sauce


  • pour condensed milk into a bowl
  • add vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper
  • whisk till blended
  • mix in tomato sauce (ketchup), worstershire sauce, tabasco and cream
  • whisk till blended
  • refrigerate covered
  • mixture thickens when refrigerated
  • serve and enjoy

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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