Marie Rose sauce on a plate of prawns and lemon

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A classic Marie Rose sauce recipe. Perfect for pairing with any seafood to add a piquant flavour with a super silky texture. Yet mild enough that it won’t overpower your dish! Takes mere minutes to make.

What is it?

Marie Rose sauce originates from the UK and has been popular since the 1960’s, driven by the now passe prawn cocktail trend. It’s typically served with seafood and its flavour is fairly mild, so it doesn’t overpower whatever it is accompanying.

It’s typically made with a base of mayonnaise and ketchup with a few spices added including Worcestershire sauce, tabasco and cayenne pepper or paprika. Lemon juice also adds some additional zest.

Marie Rose Vs. Thousand Island

Marie rose sauce with a juiced lemon

Marie Rose and Thousand Island are very similar in a lot of ways. They both use mayonnaise and tomato sauce as their base and often have many of the same ingredients including Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. In fact, many people think them to be the same thing, although there are a few subtle differences.

The differences lie in the fact that Thousand Island sauce originated in America and can often contain other finely chopped ingredients such as garlic or onion, unlike the traditionally smooth Marie Rose sauce.

What can I serve it with?

Hands down, the most common pairing for Marie Rose sauce is seafood. Particularly prawns. Serve this as a dipping sauce for grilled prawns, or make yourself an old school prawn sandwich.

This is also great with smoked salmon. You could add it to this smoked salmon and avocado starter for a special occasion, or just serve it as a dressing on a salmon salad or on this avocado and prawn salad.

Prawns around a glass of Marie Rose sauce

Ingredients & Substitutions

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Marie Rose sauce ingredients
  • Mayonnaise – standard full fat mayo gives the best, most creamy results. However, you can substitute for light mayo if you are looking to save on calories
  • Tomato sauce/ketchup
  • Tabasco sauce – you can skip this if you don’t want the extra kick that it adds
  • Paprika – can also be substituted for cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed or bottled
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cracked black pepper

How to make it

  1. This homemade Marie Rose sauce couldn’t be easier – simply put all in the ingredients excluding the tobacco together in a bowl and mix until fully combined and even.
  2. Add the tabasco a little at a time and taste until you have the right amount of ‘kick’ for you.
How to make Marie Rose sauce

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Marie Rose sauce on a plate of prawns and lemon

Marie Rose Sauce

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


A classic Marie Rose sauce recipe. Perfect for pairing with any seafood to add a piquant flavour with a super silky texture.

The default recipe serves 4 (around 2-3 tbsp each)


  • 125ml / 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • dash tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix well and serve as a sauce or dip with seafood dishes.


  1. You can use cayenne pepper instead of paprika if preferred.
  2. Full fat will give a creamier and richer result, but you can use light mayo if you are watching calories.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 23g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Protein: 0g

Keywords: dip, sauce, seafood, mayo, easy, quick

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