Marie Rose sauce recipe

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5 min


5 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 159 kCal 8%
Fat 17g 24%
Carbohydrates 2g 8%
  -  of which Sugars 2g 2%

Marie Rose sauce is also known as seafood, cocktail or burger sauce and this tangy dressing is easily made with a few store cupboard ingredients.

It’s often served with seafood and is the sauce used in the classic British dish prawn cocktail. Choose a good quality mayonnaise for the base of the sauce and add more lemon juice to give a runnier consistency if you like. The calorie count provided is for full-fat mayonnaise. For a less calorific version, replace half the mayonnaise with natural yogurt or half fat crème fraiche. This easy Marie Rose sauce will take 10 mins to make plus chilling time. This recipe makes 250ml of sauce.


  • 200ml mayonnaise
  • 2tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ¼tsp cayenne pepper
  • Dash of Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce
  • Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Place the mayonnaise in a bowl and stir in the tomato ketchup, cayenne pepper and Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce.

  • Add lemon juice to taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hrs before serving.

Top tip for making Marie Rose sauce

For a quick and easy starter, mix the sauce with 350g cooked peeled prawns and a little fresh chopped dill. Divide between four individual glasses and garnish each with a sprig of fresh dill.

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