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Seafood Sauce Recipe

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This delicious seafood sauce recipe is perfect for dipping! It's creamy and tangy - perfect for shrimp, crab legs, and more.

If you like to make your own cocktail sauce, then you've got to try this recipe. One of the best parts of eating seafood is the sauce you dip it in!

I think this is the best cocktail sauce because it's ready in a few minutes but still has some complex flavors.

A plate of shrimp with a bowl of seafood sauce.

Why You'll Love This Easy Sauce Recipe

Pair this creamy sauce with your favorite seafood. This lightly spicy sauce is perfect for dipping. It's got a slight tang and some sweetness which pairs well with buttery seafood.

This easy sauce is ready in a few minutes and will save in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. It tastes so great you'll probably eat all of it in one sitting though!

Mayonnaise, hot sauce, ketchup, lemon, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.

Dipping Sauce for Seafood Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise (I like Duke's)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated (substitute for ½ teaspoon garlic powder if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce (like Tabasco sauce or Frank's Red Hot Sauce)

To garnish - serve with lemon wedges and/or parsley.

Optional add-ins - You can also add a sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning to this sauce, red pepper flakes if you'd like more heat, and ground black pepper if you want a little bite.

A small bowl with ingredients for seafood sauce.

How to Make this Recipe

In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir to combine. 

Serve with shrimp or other seafood for a delightful dipping sauce!

This easy recipe pairs well with seafood recipes and more - here's what you can serve it with:

A small bowl of mixed seafood sauce with a gold spoon.

More Seafood Sauce Recipes to Try

Try some of these other delicious sauces that pair well with seafood and fish!

If you are looking for seafood boil recipes, check out this delicious Cajun Butter Sauce.

A bowl of seafood sauce next to shrimp.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Optional Ingredients - You can easily adjust the spice levels of this sauce. If you'd prefer this recipe not to be spicy, omit the hot sauce. If you like medium heat spiciness levels, up the hot sauce amount to 1 teaspoon or more!

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

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Seafood Sauce Recipe

A seafood sauce in a bowl next to shrimp.

This delicious creamy seafood sauce recipe is easy to make and great for dipping!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce


  1. Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. 
  2. Serve with shrimp or other seafood. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g


Tuesday 25th of April 2023

When I was a child, and my family would get together and eat crabs, my aunt used to make this sauce! I forgot all about it until stumbling across this recipe. You unlocked so many memories, cant wait to make this version. Thank you <3

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