Prawn Cucumber Cups

Day 11 : Prawn Cucumber Cups

After chocolate, seafood (prawns or shrimps usually) has to be one of my favourite food groups 😛 The spicier the better, hence the hot paprika.  Hot paprika isn’t always easy to get in New Zealand – I’ve never seen it in any mainstream food store as yet.  The box I bought, I found whilst shopping in my local Mad Butcher store, but I think any Mexican food store should be able to help you out with this.  If you can’t find the hot paprika, but like the spicy taste, you could probably try a bit of sriracha sauce or even cayenne pepper.



  • Precooked prawn cutlets
  • Oil for cooking
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Hot Paprika (optional if available)
  • Telegraph cucumber
  • Mayonnaise
  • Capsicum (any colours you choose)



  • Cut the telegraph cucumber into approximately 1cm slices
  • With a teaspoon, or a melon baller, scoop out half the depth of the middle of each cucumber slice (the part with the seeds) – thus making your cucumber cup 🙂  Set aside the scooped out part to be used later
  • In a hot frypan, or wok, add a little oil and the smoked/hot paprika.
  • Add the prawn cutlets & cook until heated through.  Keep turning so that all the prawns are coated in the paprika mix.  Season to taste.  Set aside
  • Finely chop up the cucumber you had scooped out previously and set aside.
  • Add to this the mayonnaise.
  • Assemble the canapé by adding the mayonnaise mix into the cucumber cup, and placing the prawn in the middle.
  • Garnish with the capsicum.


Enjoy! 🙂



  • As with all my 12 days of Canapés recipes, the ingredients are just a list of all the products I used to do this.  Feel free to chop & change for your favourite brands 🙂
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