SIMPLE Homemade Cocktail Sauce

You will almost always find a spicy cocktail sauce right next to peel and eat shrimp.  It is a very simple sauce to make
and packs much more flavor than jarred.

Let’s talk about what exactly makes up a good cocktail sauce.  You can also use chili sauce if you prefer.

  • Ketchup – the base of the sauce.  Try and find one that is organic and doesn’t use HFCS, it will make a difference.
  • Horseradish – this is where some of the kick comes from.  Use a ‘prepared’ horseradish.  It is usually found either in the refrigerated section or by the pickles and condiments.   This little spice goes a long way.  It’s best to start small, taste, then adjust.
  • Worcestershire sauce – this adds another depth of flavor, a deeper richer flavor.
  • Brown Sugar – there is a very small amount of brown sugar in this but it’s just enough to add a little more sweetness.
  • Lemon – this will lift the cocktail sauce back up and give it a refreshing burst of flavor.

If you find yourself with some leftover cocktail sauce it makes a great base for Bloody Mary’s

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Simple Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice


  1. Stir all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Serving Size: 1

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