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Epic Seafood Sauce

30/11/2023

Whether you call it seafood sauce, Marie Rose sauce or even prawn dippy sauce – this is a classic Aussie favourite for retro prawn cocktails! Discover our new secret ingredient that elevates this epic recipe to a whole new level.

A shrimp is dipped into a bowl of Marie Rose sauce.

Why We Love This

Any sauce you can throw together in a minute with ingredients you already have on hand is always going to be a winner in our books.

The fact it tastes WAY better than store bought (and cheaper) is another win win.

Related: Prawn Cocktail Salad / Tuna Mornay

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A blue bowl filled with seafood cocktail sauce with prawns in the background.

What is Seafood Cocktail Sauce?

Seafood sauce started out in the 60’s in Britain, and sometimes referred to as Marie Rose sauce. It’s since become a staple in Australia – especially with a platter of prawns at Christmas.

The classic base of mayo and tomato sauce is enhanced in our take with the addition of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and gochujang.

Whether paired with classic prawn cocktail or simply served up with a fresh bowl of cooked prawns, we guarantee you this sauce will not disappoint.

What You’ll Need

  • Tomato Sauce / Ketchup – Also known as good ol’ ketchup. One of the main base flavours for this sauce.
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise – We love using this because of its extra creamy, rich flavour. You can find it at most grocery stores, buy Kewpie mayo online, or even make your own kewpie mayo at home.
  • Gochujang – Add flavour depth and a nice subtle heat. Sub with the more traditional tabasco.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – If using an English version, use the amount in the recipe. Or, if you have the Bulldog Japanese Worcestershire Sauce, this is a lot sweeter, so you can double the amount. Otherwise, you can make your own Worcestershire sauce or use tonkatsu or bbq sauce in a pinch.
  • Lemon Juice – The acidity from the juice helps mix everything together, and adds a little zing to boot. Sub with lime juice or vinegar.
Ingredients laid out ready to make seafood cocktail sauce.

How to Make Marie Rose Sauce

First, gather your ingredients: See recipe card below for measurements.

  1. Add in your Kewpie mayonnaisetomato sauce / ketchuptbsp lemon juiceWorcestershire sauce and Korean hot pepper paste / gochujang to a small bowl.
  2. Mix together well until completely combined – especially the gochujang. Then serve immediately with a garnish of optional chives or dill. Alternatively, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Serving – As this is a light coloured sauce, it looks great when served in dark dishes, so keep this in mind when you’re serving it with a platter!
  • Portion it Out – If you’re not sure you’ll use the whole amount of sauce, only serve what you need. That way you don’t waste the sauce if only half gets eaten once it’s had prawns dipped in it.
  • Chill the Sauce – Letting the sauce chill in the fridge for around 30 min will really allow the flavours to develop.

FAQs

Can you make the sauce ahead of time?

You sure can! Just make sure you keep it in the fridge in a jar or airtight container.

What else can you use this sauce with?

If you’re not dipping prawns straight into it, drizzle it over fish tacos or sushi bowls. It will pair well with a lot of seafood based dishes – experiment and have fun with it!

Variations

  • Spice Level – Either add more gochujang or even gochugaru / chilli flakes to up the heat.
A platter of cocktail prawns slathered in seafood sauce.

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A prawn is dipped into a bowl of seafood sauce.

Epic Seafood Sauce

Whether you call it seafood sauce, Marie Rose sauce or even prawn dippy sauce – this is a classic Aussie favourite for retro prawn cocktails! Discover our new secret ingredient that elevates this epic recipe to a whole new level.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Christmas, Condiment
Cuisine: Australian, English
Servings: 1 Bowl
Calories: 809kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add in your ½ cup Kewpie mayonnaise, 2 tbsp tomato sauce / ketchup, 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice, ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp Korean hot pepper paste / gochujang to a small bowl.
  • Mix together well until completely combined – especially the gochujang. Then serve immediately with a garnish of optional chives or dill. Alternatively, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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Recipe Notes

  • Serving – As this is a light coloured sauce, it looks great when served in dark dishes, so keep this in mind when you’re serving it with a platter!
  • Portion it Out – If you’re not sure you’ll use the whole amount of sauce, only serve what you need. That way you don’t waste the sauce if only half gets eaten once it’s had prawns dipped in it.
  • Chill the Sauce – Letting the sauce chill in the fridge for around 30 min will really allow the flavours to develop.
  • Spice Level – Either add more gochujang or even gochugaru / chilli flakes to up the heat.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Epic Seafood Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
809
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
84
g
129
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
50
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
19
g
Cholesterol
 
47
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
1095
mg
48
%
Potassium
 
216
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
245
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
25
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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