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Recipe  •  18 April 2024


Air Fryer Sweet Chilli Prawn Cocktail Pitta

This ultra-speedy lunchtime dish packs crispy air fried pittas with a fresh sweet chilli mayo prawn cocktail.

This is one of my favourite work-from-home lunches that you can turn around in a heartbeat. The flavour of the sweet chilli mayo sauce is something else, and those crispy pitta pockets soak it all up to make this really comforting. If you like things extra spicy, you can drizzle a little chilli oil over the top for added punch. Get creative with the mayo, try adding chopped gherkins or even a dash of pickle juice from the jar.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10min
Cook Time: 20min


  • 170g raw, peeled prawns
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 pitta breads
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp light mayo
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli cause
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp paprika



  1. Coat the prawns in the paprika and some salt and pepper, then air-fry for 5–7 minutes at 180°C until they turn pink.

  2. Mix together all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

  3. Around 2 minutes before the prawns are ready, cut the pittas in half across the middle to create pockets, then air-fry for 2 minutes so they give a warm and crunchy welcome to the prawns.

  4. Toss the cooked prawns in the sauce and assemble your pittas with the prawns, cucumber and lettuce, then garnish chopped chives and a splash of chilli oil, if you like.

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