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Homemade Seafood Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

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Elevate your seafood experience with this homemade cocktail sauce recipe that perfectly balances tangy, sweet, and savory flavors. Crafted with just a handful of ingredients, this sauce adds a zesty kick to any shrimp cocktail or seafood dish.

homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in a yellow bowl
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Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Customization: Creating your own cocktail sauce allows you to tailor the flavors precisely to your liking. You can adjust the spice level, sweetness, tanginess, and overall balance of the sauce to match your preferences.
  • Freshness: Homemade sauces often utilize fresh ingredients, providing a vibrant and more authentic taste compared to store-bought versions that may contain preservatives or additives.
  • Quality Ingredients: By making the sauce from scratch, you have control over the quality of each ingredient, ensuring they are fresh, flavorful, and of your choosing.

Key Ingredients

  • Ketchup
  • Horseradish
  • Sweetener or Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
fresh lemon, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sweetener, and garlic powder in white bowls

What Does it Taste Like

  • Tangy: The zesty flavor comes from the addition of ingredients like ketchup and lemon juice.
  • Sweet: The sweetness comes from the natural sweetness of ketchup or the addition of a small amount of sweetener. The sweet element helps balance the tanginess and adds a pleasant undertone.
  • Spicy (optional): The level of spiciness is typically adjusted by adding horseradish or hot sauce.
  • Savory: Worcestershire sauce contributes to the savory notes of the sauce.
  • Hint of garlic: Complements the seafood.
horseradish sauce and ketchup in separate glass bowls

How to Store/How Long it Will Last

The sauce can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 weeks. However, it’s always best to rely on your senses to determine if it is still good to use. If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, mold, or unusual texture, discard the sauce.

homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in a yellow bowl

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shrimp cocktail on a plate with ice and sauce
homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in a yellow bowl

Homemade Seafood Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Elevate your seafood experience with this homemade cocktail sauce recipe that perfectly balances tangy, sweet, and savory flavors. Crafted with just a handful of ingredients, this sauce adds a zesty kick to any shrimp cocktail or seafood dish.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing, sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 42 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons horseradish Adjust to taste for desired spiciness. I use 1 tablespoon.
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon sweetener or sugar Adjust to taste or omit if preferred.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce Optional, for added heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine the ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce (if using), garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the flavors according to your preference. If you prefer it spicier, add more horseradish or hot sauce. For a tangier taste, add a bit more lemon juice.
  • Once you are satisfied with the flavor, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the sauce to a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Refrigerate the cocktail sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and develop. (This is optional, but great for the best flavor).

Notes

I recommend starting with 1/2 tablespoon of horseradish. Taste and adjust accordingly.
For a smaller batch you can divide the ingredients in half, etc.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 42kcalCarbohydrates: 9gFat: 1g
Keyword cocktail sauce for shrimp, homemade cocktail sauce, seafood cocktail sauce
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Recipe Rating




khaleejuae

Saturday 6th of April 2024

Wonderful web site Lots of useful info here Im sending it to a few friends ans additionally sharing in delicious And obviously thanks to your effort

Gianne

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

It had the perfect balance of tanginess and spice, and really elevated the flavor of the shrimp. I couldn't get enough of it and will definitely be making it again!

Brandi Crawford

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

So glad to hear you will make it again.

Nikki

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

This is a handy, quick and easy cocktail sauce. I will definitely be using this in the future.

Brandi Crawford

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

🙌🏾

rebecca

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

I wouldn't have thought that cocktail sauce was so easy to make. this is perfectly tangy and sweet. thanks!

Brandi Crawford

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Yessss!

Dana

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

We LOVE this stuff! It's so much better than the jarred stuff. Perfect for fried shrimp or shrimp cocktail!

Brandi Crawford

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Yay! Agreed.