Savory Potted Prawns are a British favorite that are equally suited for a picnic appetizer or added to a weekend brunch!

savory potted prawns in ramekins with bagel chips

TRY THESE SAVORY POTTED PRAWNS – Poached and “potted” in a savory butter sauce

Savory Potted Prawns is a traditional British dish made with shrimp flavored with anchovy and nutmeg or mace.

ingredients for savory potted prawns on a cutting boardThe dish is usually set in a small pot or ramekin, with the butter acting as a preservative. Some type of heat is usually added, either cayenne pepper, or a hot sauce as I use in my version of this classic appetizer. 

Potted shrimp was a favorite dish of Ian Fleming who passed on his predilection for the delicacy to his fictional creation James Bond.  I remember fondly reading about this strange dish in his books when I was young.  (it seemed strange to a young Polish gal, anyway!)


This is such a simple recipe, but yields a very “fancy” presentation of shrimp preserved in a lovely anchovy, garlic and mace butter sauce.

You actually want to cook the butter sauce a few minutes to help start the flavors to meld.  Then the sauce sits off the heat while you peel and devein the shrimp.   This extra step allows you to serve your Savory Potted Prawns only 24 hours after preparing, as opposed to the usual 48 hours.   


Savory Potted Shrimp will last in your refrigerator for up to 7 days. 

I like to store mine in a glass jar, especially if I’m not serving individual ramekin servings.  That way we can pluck a few Savory Potted Prawns from the jar whenever we feel like a quick snack. 


I feature this recipe with homemade “better” bagel chips that are so simple to make, but are so much more tasty that bagged chips.better bagel chips in basket with box of butter

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  • House-Made Cream Cheese
  • Garlic Gorgonzola Spread
  • Crunchy Vegie and Cream Cheese Bagel Chips
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I hope you enjoy this fabulous British treat soon!  Tell us how you liked it in the comment section below!   AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THIS FABULOUS RECIPE IDEA TOO!

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Savory Potted Prawns

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes

A British favorite, shrimp poached in a savory "butter bath" redolent with anchovy, thyme, and the key ingredient, mace, is a fabulous appetizer or brunch item.


  • 12 Tbsp. butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into chunks
  • 5 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 2 tsp. worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. ground mace
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 lbs. large raw prawns or shrimp
  • Serve with lemon wedges and Tabasco or hot sauce
  • Crackers, toasts or bagel chips


  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, combine all the ingredients EXCEPT the shrimp. Place over medium-low heat and stir to combine as butter melts.
  2. Cook for 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and let sit to allow flavors to start to meld. (let rest for at least 5 minutes)
  3. While savory butter sauce is resting, peel and devein the shrimp.
  4. Turn the heat back on under the butter sauce to medium. As soon as the butter comes to a simmer, add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute, stirring a few times. Turn off the heat and let shrimp finish cooking in the butter sauce .
  5. Cool potted prawns for 10 minutes, transfer to a tightly covered container or jar and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
  6. Serve with hot sauce and lemon wedges on crackers, toasts or bagel chips.


SAVORY POTTED PRAWNS will last up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 129Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 34mgSodium 300mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

Calorie and nutritional counts will vary according to the specific ingredients used.

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