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Swedish Prawn Cocktail (Skagenröra)

by Che-Cheh on April 4, 2012 11,924 views

in Appetizer, Seafood, Snack, Swedish

Prawn cocktail is a classic appetizer dish and this one I’m doing is a Swedish recipe called Skagenröra which uses prawns, mayonnaise, crème fraîche/soured cream and dill. I think I’ve seen it in Ikea’s restaurant before and truth to be told, this is my first time tasting it. Do I like it? Oh hell yeah. I LOVE IT so very much!!!

Swedish Prawn Cocktail

Just heavenly!!!

Let’s cook!


My lovely prawns! Haha
Rinse ‘em then steam for about 10 minutes over boiling water.

Soak Cooked Prawns In Ice Water

Once cooked, soak the prawns in ice water to stop the cooking.

Cook & Peeled Prawns

Shelled and deveined prawns.
Here’s a warning: I spent more than half of the cooking time peeling and deveining these babies. *sweats

Coarsely Chopped Prawns

Chop the prawns coarsely. Set aside a few whole prawns for garnish later.

Ready To Toast Bread

Meanwhile, toast some bread in the oven. Here I have sliced baguette which I will coat with butter. Put in the oven at 160oC until lightly brown or grill ‘em on a grill pan like what I did.

Add Soured Cream, Mayonnaise and Prawns & Chop Dill Finely

Next, add mayonnaise and crème fraîche together and stir in the prawns. In my case, I’m using soured cream (couldn’t find crème fraîche). Chop a small bunch of dill finely. Oh yeah the dills were from my garden. :) But it is dying slowly. :( Leave a few fronds for garnish later.

Add Dill, Lemon Zest and Juice

Add dill, lemon zest and juice to the mixture and stir well. Here you get to adjust the taste according to your liking. For me, 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice is good enough. Chill cocktail in the fridge before serving.

Swedish Prawn Cocktail

Here’s how I serve Swedish prawn cocktail (Skagenröra): add some prawn cocktail on the toasted bread and squeeze juice of a lime wedge on it. Then take a BIG bite. YUM!!! Tsk, have someone pull you back to earth after THE bite, okay? Hehe

Swedish Prawn Cocktail

Yummy and tangy. Everything just wrap in your mouth nicely.
Highly recommended!!!

Swedish Prawn Cocktail (Skagenröra)
Adapted from Notes From A Swedish Kitchen
Serves 4

600g (1 1/2lb) cooked, unpeeled prawns (soak in ice water after steaming to stop the cooking)
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 tablespoons crème fraîche (I used soured cream)
1/2 bunch fresh dill
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon brandy (optional)

To serve
Thin slices of toasted bread or baked potatoes
Lemon wedges

1. Peel and devein the prawn. Set aside a few to use as garnish and chop the remainder coarsely.

2. Mix mayonnaise and crème fraîche together and stir in the chopped prawn.

3. Set aside a few fronds of dill to use a garnish and chop the rest finely.

4. Add chopped dill to the prawn mixture. Add lemon zest and juice to taste (author note: I like to use half a teaspoon of zest and one teaspoon of juice – then season and add the brandy, if using).

5. Serve chill on thin slices of toasted bread or in a baked potato. Top with a few whole prawns, a sprinkle of dill and a wedge of lemon.

Hope you like this dish.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

small Kucing April 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

seems easy to make. Might attempt this someday


Che-Cheh April 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi, yup it’s easy except for the peeling and deveining part. Haha


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