Homemade Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe made with sweet ketchup and zesty horseradish. These flavors are balanced with salty Worcestershire, Tabasco and tart, freshly squeezed lemon. Shrimp Cocktail Sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make and also one of the BEST! Once you make it yourself, you’ll never buy it again!
If you follow me on Instagram stories you know we went to the beach last weekend. We had the most wonderful couple of days in Morro Bay.
We relaxed in the mornings with coffee and danish and when the weather warmed we were off walking around the town and enjoying the spectacular views!
We arrived just in time to walk on the beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset! It was super windy on Friday and with the wind brought the cold! We enjoy much warmer temps in Fresno and I didn’t really have the appropriate clothing. I definitely needed a heavy coat! It was worth braving the cold to enjoy the view.
This was our view in the morning. The fishing boats were just getting ready to head out and when the rising sun hit the rock, it turned it a beautiful golden brown. The clouds off in the distance were pink and blue. We decided why go anywhere? Coffee and danish were perfect for breakfast!
Lunch on Saturday was enjoyed at a restaurant right on the bay. There was a sailboat race going on and from our table we had the BEST seat in the house!
Dan and I both took a ton of pictures – over 1000! Thank goodness for digital photography, right? 😁 It was a perfect time away and of course there was plenty of food!
Fried oysters, raw oysters, grilled halibut, cod and perfectly seared scallops. Clam chowder? Of course! I can’t go to the coast and not feast on seafood. Dan says I have to get my seafood “fix” and he’s right! It was delicious and perfect weekend!
That’s why I decided today would be the perfect day to share my shrimp cocktail sauce recipe. The timing is perfect. Seafood is at its peak this time of year during the cold winter months. Have you ever made cocktail sauce yourself? No?
Trust me, you’ll never buy it again! Let me show you how easy it is so you can make it at home. Homemade Shrimp Cocktail Sauce is 100 times better than store-bought!
Shopping List for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe
- horseradish sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- fresh lemon or lime juice
Horseradish gives Shrimp Cocktail Sauce that zesty bite. Though you can use creamy horseradish (mild, not near as spicy) sauce, I prefer to use the extra hot grated horseradish. It gives your sauce an extra ZING!
You can buy jarred horseradish that has been grated or grate your own. I use the jarred version.
What if you don’t like horseradish, is there anything that can be substituted?
- wasabi is your best substitute!
- fresh grated ginger
- spicy mustard
Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe – directions
- measure out each ingredient
- pour into a small bowl
- mix it well
- refrigerate leftovers
This will make about one cup of sauce. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for three to four days.
Serve as a dipping sauce with your favorite seafood – shrimp, crab, raw oysters or fish – also delicious in a seafood sandwich!
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Looking for more tasty seafood sauces?
- Hollandaise Sauce – rich, buttery and lemony this adds an amazing elegance to any seafood feast!
- Thousand Island Sauce – you love it on a crab louie right? It’s also delicious as a seafood dip!
- Creamy Dill Sauce – dill, garlic, cream another delicious homemade sauce!
- Ponzu Sauce – citrus, salty and spicy this is perfect for seared tuna!
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Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe
Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe
- 2/3 cup catsup
- 2 tbsp horseradish I prefer grated, though creamy will work. No horseradish? Substitute with wasabi!
- dash Worcestershire sauce
- dash tobasco sauce
- 1/2 lemon or lime, juiced
- Measure out each ingredient, pour into a small bowl.
- Stir it together well. Refrigerate until serving.
- This will make about one cup of sauce. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for three to four days.