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Cocktail Sauce for Shrimp

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This tangy cocktail sauce for shrimp is so easy to make! It's zesty and tasty and made with only a few simple ingredients.

You'll never need to buy jarred cocktail sauce again, because this is the best cocktail sauce.

It's perfect for when you want to serve shrimp cocktail, but you can use it in other ways too - like serving it as part of a relish tray, or with crab cakes, or on beef tenderloin.

A small bowl of homemade cocktail sauce next to popcorn shrimp.

Why You'll Love Homemade Cocktail Sauce

This classic cocktail sauce is incredibly easy to make and is the tangiest, tastiest sauce for seafood!

You can make it ahead as it saves for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. It's very quick to pull together though, so if you need a great last minute sauce, this one's a winner.

Ketchup, horseradish, hot sauce, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, and ground black pepper.

Cocktail Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • dash of hot sauce*

*If you'd like a lightly spicy cocktail sauce, go for just a dash of Tabasco or Frank's hot sauce. If you want something with a bit more kick, add some chili sauce or a teaspoon of hot sauce.

Cocktail sauce ingredients in a small glass mixing bowl.

How to Make this Homemade Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Combine ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. 

Serve immediately or save for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

You can serve this recipe with popcorn shrimp or grilled large shrimp for a delicious appetizer or main course! Serve with fresh lemon wedges if desired.

Cocktail sauce being whisked in a mixing bowl.

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A bowl of homemade cocktail sauce next to shrimp.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Specialty Ingredients - I recommend Frank's Red Hot Sauce and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce.

Recommended Tools - I like using a small whisk to make sauces like this. I think it makes it easier to fully combine the ingredients.

Storing Tips - You can save this sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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Yield: Makes a little over 1/2 cup

Cocktail Sauce for Shrimp

Cocktail Sauce for Shrimp

This delicious and tangy cocktail sauce is easy to make and saves in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • dash of hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine the ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. 
  2. Serve immediately or save for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

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