rocket crayfish marie rose sauce
rocket crayfish marie rose sauce

Rocket and Crayfish in Marie Rose Sauce Sandwich Filling


January 17, 2016

Keeping the kids school lunches interesting (and ours for that matter) is a challenge that lots of us face. We're always on the look out for new, interesting but still fairly healthy options.

Our latest favourite, and one the kids absolutely love, is rocket and crayfish in Marie Rose sauce. As a boy growing up in the 70s and 80s, Marie Rose sauce seemed very exotic though this illusion was shattered when I was working in a (fairly low rent) restaurant in my late teens and the 'chef' showed me how he made it with mayonnaise and ketchup.

Now, a few short years (cough) after this, we found crayfish tails in Lidl and bought some to use for packed lunches. I tried making the Marie Rose sauce just as the 'chef' had shown me and wasn't that bothered with the result so the kids and I started to experiment, raiding the spice cupboard, and have come up with this recipe.

Of course the Marie Rose sauce can be used in a traditional prawn cocktail with little gem lettuce and if you are feeling very nostalgic you can serve it in a wine glass! The perfect throwback dinner party starter.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • 10 mins

    10 mins

  • Yields: 5 Servings


2 packets of Lidl crayfish tails (or you could use cooked prawns)

3 tbsp tomato ketchup

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 pinch smoked paprika

1 pinch sweet paprika

few drops Tabasco sauce

1 pinch cayenne pepper

few grinds of black pepper

1 pinch of salt

Small squeeze of lemon juice


Mix all of the ingredients together. You can adjust the amounts and omit ingredients to taste.

Add the crayfish tails and stir in carefully.

Serve with rocket leaves either in an enclosed sandwich on brown bread, preferably home made, or as an open sandwich on a nice slice of wholemeal brown soda bread.

The kids can make the sauce all on their own with no input from us, we just need to keep an eye on them to make sure all of the crayfish tails make it into the sandwich. They can even cut the bread with supervision.



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