Chunky prawns mixed with a creamy Sriracha sauce and loaded in to a baguette with crisp greens make lunch time much more exciting. Ready in under 10 minutes, this prawn sandwich is going to transform lunchtimes. Easy to adapt and bursting with flavour, this is the perfect make at home pub grub.
The meal that we struggle with the most is lunch. We don't have a lot of time and sandwiches can get boring really quickly. This prawn sandwich is far from boring thanks to the Sriracha mayo and slices of avocado that compliment the prawns perfectly. Mix it up with different bread and salad and you never have to have it the same way twice.
- Baguette - Whilst we call this recipe a sandwich, we have actually used a baguette. We find it makes a nice change from two slices of bread and we love the crunchiness. You could use a good sourdough bread, or even make this in a bagel.
- Prawns - We used frozen cooked king prawns, and defrosted them. If you are using raw prawns, then cooking times will vary.
- Mayonnaise - This is where the creaminess of the sauce comes from. We used reduced fat, to lower the calories, however you could use full fat if you prefer. It would change the nutritional information though. If you wanted to make this a little lighter, you could use reduced fat Greek yoghurt instead.
- Sriracha - If you have never had Sriracha mayo, then you are missing out. You can buy it in a bottle, but we prefer to make it ourselves so we can make it as spicy as we like. You could swap Sriracha for a sweet chilli sauce, or your favourite chilli sauce if you prefer.
- Lime - A little squeeze of lime juice really lightens the sauce up and adds some freshness. You could use lemon instead. If you want to give it more of an intense lime flavour, then add a little lime zest too.
- Little gem lettuce - We love some crunchy salad in a sandwich, and little gem is one of our favourites. You could use iceberg or romaine instead, or a mixture.
- Rocket - Add some peppery flavour by using rocket (arugula) lettuce with the little gem.
- Avocado - This adds some creaminess and helps balance out the spiciness from the Sriracha. Prawn and avocado are also a wining combination.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Fry the prawns in a little oil for 2 minutes. Allow to cool.
Two: In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, sriracha and lime juice.
Three: Add the prawns to the sauce and mix well.
Four: Slice the baguettes lengthways, being careful not to cut all the way through. Butter the bread (optional).
Five: Add the little gem lettuce, rocket (arugula), avocado slices and then the prawns. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the prawns.
Why should you try it?
- An exciting lunch option - Lunch is probably my least favourite meal. I don't have a lot of time, usually just enough for a sandwich or salad, but I can get bored of the same things. This makes lunchtime far more exciting. Forget boring sandwiches and give this a try.
- A delicious way to eat prawns - If you are a bit unsure of cooking with prawns, this is an easy place to start.
- Adaptable - Once you have the prawns in the sauce, the rest of this recipe is really adaptable. Change the bread and change the salad or even add some vegetables. We have given some options below.
- Pub grub at home - Who doesn't love a pub lunch? I usually go for a prawn baguette, so making this at home is much cheaper. Pint of beer on the side is optional.
Health benefits of prawns
Prawns are a low-in-fat protein source and they are so versatile. You can use them in pasta, salads, sandwiches and so much more. They are a good source of selenium, which is one of the most effective antioxidants at maintaining healthy cells. They also contain high levels of zinc, which is important to develop a healthy immune system.
Take a look at some other recipes that use prawns.
We use avocado in this prawn sandwich too and they are also abundant in vitamins K, C, B5, B6, E, folate and potassium. They are full of fibre and can also help to reduce cholesterol and help with eye health. Pretty much the ideal superfood!
Bread - We love the texture you get from a baguette - the soft and fluffy insides with the crispy outside. However, you could go a more traditional sandwich route and use 2 slices of bread. Sourdough is our favourite, but anything will work. This is quite a loaded sandwich though, so you want something strong that will hold the fillings.
Other bread type products that will work with this filling are wraps, bagels, brioche rolls or ciabatta.
Prawns - The prawns really are the star of the dish, however if they aren't your thing or you fancy a change, then you could use grilled and flaked salmon or even a tin of tuna instead. If you didn't want fish at all, then cooked chunks of chicken work.
Vegetables - We love anything that you can add extra vegetables to. We just added some salad greens, however you could pack some spinach in to the baguettes for an iron boost or you could even add some roasted vegetables. We love roasted peppers, courgette and artichoke.
Sauce - This is a simple and flavour packed sauce that mixes mayo, lime and sriracha. However, you could go the more traditional route and make your own Marie Rose sauce.
What to serve with a prawn sandwich
This prawn sandwich is pretty filling by itself, however we are a big fan of side dishes. If you want some extra carbs in your life (and who doesn't?), then why not try our Air Fryer Chips, Celeriac Chips or Garlic Potato Wedges?
However, we are a big fan of some crisps on the side, especially salt and vinegar crisps. It makes us feel like we are in a pub! Have you tried our homemade garlic crisps?
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are using already cooked prawns, then you don't have to fry these. However, we like to fry them in a little oil for a couple of minutes just to give them a little crispiness.
No, you don't have to butter it because the sauce on the prawns makes sure it isn't dry. However, we find that buttering the baguette takes this sandwich to the next level.
If you have leftovers of these wraps, or if you want to make extra, then you can wrap them up and keep them in foil and they will store in the fridge until the next day. They might get a big soggy though, so they are always best eaten fresh. If you wanted to make part of it in advance, you could always chop up your salad ingredients and then assemble the sandwiches just before serving.
If you use gluten free bread, and make sure there is no other cross contamination, then these are gluten free sandwiches.
• You could add some extra flavour by seasoning the prawns before frying them. Cajun seasoning would work well.
• Swap the baguette for sourdough or a bagel for something a little different.
• You can make the sauce sweeter by adding a pinch or sugar, or add a generous amount of black pepper for something with a bit more spice.
• The amount of lime juice used will depend on how juicy your lime is. If it isn't very juicy, then use half a lime instead.
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The Best Prawn Sandwich
- 200 g frozen king prawns defrosted
- 2 small baguettes (about 85g/3oz each)
- 0.25 lime juice only
- 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- 0.5 little gem lettuce
- 10 g rocket (arugula)
- 0.5 avocado sliced
- Fry the prawns in a little oil for 2 minutes. Allow to cool.200 g frozen king prawns
- In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, sriracha and lime juice.3 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce, 0.25 lime
- Add the prawns to the sauce and mix well.
- Slice the baguettes lengthways, being careful not to cut all the way through. Butter the bread (optional).2 small baguettes
- Add the little gem lettuce, rocket (arugula), avocado slices and then the prawns. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the prawns.0.5 little gem lettuce, 10 g rocket (arugula), 0.5 avocado
- You could add some extra flavour by seasoning the prawns before frying them. Cajun seasoning would work well.
- Swap the baguette for sourdough or a bagel for something a little different.
- You can make the sauce sweeter by adding a pinch or sugar, or add a generous amount of black pepper for something with a bit more spice.
- The amount of lime juice used will depend on how juicy your lime is. If it isn't very juicy, then use half a lime instead.