How to Make Cocktail Sauce


Everyone loves shrimp cocktail. You might have prepared some simple boiled shrimp or even some fried shrimp, and now you are wondering how to make shrimp cocktail sauce. It’s actually very easy to create your own tasty homemade cocktail sauce; there’s no need to go to the store to buy it. You can also save money by making many common store products at home.

One of my long-standing objectives with copykat recipes is to make as many things from scratch as I can. For instance, I love to make my own taco seasoning. This easy, quick recipe for zesty, zippy cocktail sauce requires only a few ingredients and can easily be adjusted to your liking. You’ll never want to settle for jarred cocktail sauce from the store again!

When I bought some wonderful Texas Gulf shrimp, I naturally wanted some cocktail sauce to go with them. Making homemade shrimp cocktail sauce is very easy to do. You only need a few simple ingredients – ketchup, prepared horseradish, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and some lemon juice. If you are not familiar with chili sauce, it’s a tomato-based sauce that is usually located in the grocery store near to the cocktail sauce.

Chili Sauce is great in 5-way chili and also in cocktail sauce. It doesn’t provide a lot of heat, but what it does add is some sweet, slightly spicy flavor. If you haven’t tried this, I would definitely recommend you giving it a try in this recipe. Chili sauce adds just the right amount of punch to this cocktail sauce recipe. If you like, you can make your shrimp cocktail sauce more spicy by adding a little more horseradish.

  • Tip from a Reader: For a sneaky trick, you could also add a splash of either cayenne or tabasco hot sauce.

How long can you keep homemade cocktail sauce? This sauce will stay fresh in your refrigerator for about a week. You can also freeze cocktail sauce in an airtight container for up to six months.

What can I use instead of cocktail sauce? Here are some links for some other copycat dipping sauces for dipping your shrimp.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Allow the flavors to marry for about an hour before serving. This will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week.



Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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