Prawn cocktail canapes

Jill Dupleix
A simple party classic that can be adjusted to your tastes.
A simple party classic that can be adjusted to your tastes. Photo: Edwina Pickles

The prawn cocktail is back, being reinvented by modern chefs and served up any which way in rolls and burgers, layered in glass jars, or given a spicy Asian spin. Prep everything beforehand and assemble at the last minute to avoid the sog factor.


1 avocado

1 tbsp lime or lemon juice

sea salt and black pepper

2 tbsp tomato sauce (ketchup)

150ml good mayonnaise

Tabasco or chilli sauce to taste

half tsp smoked paprika

12 round corn chips (I recommend Mission Foods' crisp, round corn chips, available from IGA supermarkets in Victoria and NSW.) 

12 prawns, cooked and peeled

1 cup picked baby rocket leaves

2 tbsp finely snipped chives


1. Roughly crush the avocado with a fork, then mix in 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper.

2. To make the sauce, beat tomato sauce, mayonnaise, Tabasco and paprika with sea salt and pepper.

3. To assemble, set out 12 round corn chips, spread with crushed avocado and arrange a few small rocket leaves and a prawn on each one. Add a spoonful of cocktail sauce, scatter with extra paprika, chives, sea salt and pepper and serve.