Prawn Cocktail Dinner Bowl

Prawn Cocktail Dinner Bowl Recipe

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Carolyn Haas


Hugely popular in Australia, the prawn (or shrimp) cocktail is transformed into a dinner bowl. While technically shrimp and prawns are slightly different (prawns have more teeny tiny claws) they are interchangeable for cooking purposes. I prefer to peel and devein my shrimp before cooking - suit yourself! And one more thing: avocado, once relegated to prawn cocktails and salads, is now exploding in use across AU and is a major export to Malaysia and Singapore!


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30 Min
10 Min


  • 1 Tbsp
    red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c
    olive oil, (divided)
  • 1/3 c
    lemon juice, (divided)
  • 3 small
    zucchini, sliced thinly, the long way into ribbons
  • 1/4 c
    fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 1 small
    baguette, sliced diagonally into 8 slices
  • 20 oz
    raw, large shrimp
  • 2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 3 c
    lettuce, shredded (iceberg or romaine)
  • 2 small
    avocados, sliced
  • ·
    cornichons (tiny sour pickles), to serve

  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • pinch
    cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 c
  • 1-3 tsp
    brandy (optional)

How to Make Prawn Cocktail Dinner Bowl


  1. Combine vinegar, 1/2 the oil and 1/2 the lemon juice in a large bowl. Add zucchini. Stir to coat. Let stand, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in mint.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a greased barbecue grill (charcoal, gas or electric) on medium-high heat. Combine garlic and remaining oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Brush each side of bread with oil mixture. Chargrill for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until toasted. Transfer to a plate. Increase heat to high. Drizzle shrimp with remaining lemon juice. Sprinkle with paprika. Toss to coat. Cook shrimp, turning, for 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Make Marie Rose Sauce: Place all ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until smooth and combined. (You can do this while the zucchini is standing.)
  4. Arrange lettuce, zucchini, avocado, shrimp and cornichons in serving bowls. Drizzle with a little sauce. Serve with chargrilled bread and remaining sauce.

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About Prawn Cocktail Dinner Bowl

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Australian
Hashtags: #shrimp #avocado #salad

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