Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp cocktail sauce is one of those amazing sauces that just perfect. I don’t know who first thought of this sauce and created, but I want to say a big THANK YOU!

This seafood sauce is the ideal dipping condiment for shrimp cocktail. I remember as a kid, always wanting to order shrimp cocktail, anytime we would go out to a restaurant. They were always pricy, but those big plump shrimp resting on the edge of the cup full of sauce – man that was one great appetizer.

As a kid, it seemed so fancy and so high class!

Well, I have never stopped loving shrimp or this amazing cocktail sauce! I often have a jar of it either in the fridge or the pantry. But, there is no need to buy the sauce because it is very easy to make and you likely have all the ingredients already in your kitchen!

For instructions to make peel and eat shrimp that is perfect for this cocktail sauce, check out this recipe – Peel and Eat Shrimp

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe Seafood Easy Classic

Lately, I have been making my own homemade cocktail sauce for the shrimp and my family have been preferring it to the store-bought versions.

This sauce can be made in just a few minutes and all that is required is to whisk all the ingredients until they are well combined and the sauce is smooth in consistency.

It can’t get any easier than that, right??

If you are looking for cocktail sauce at the supermarket, sometimes you may come across regular and hot/zesty versions. The main difference between these two is the amount of horseradish.

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe Seafood Easy Classic

The beautiful thing about making your own cocktail sauce is that you can adjust the ingredients to match your taste preference. Use this recipe as a guide and tweak it to the way that you like it.

If you like it on the zesty side, add a little more horseradish. If you prefer a milder sauce, decrease it. If you like lots of tang, add more lemon juice.

I like mine with lots of zip, so I add a little extra horseradish. YUM!

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe Seafood Easy Classic

I boil my own shrimp because I prefer the texture and taste of freshly boiled shrimp. But, you can purchase a bag of frozen shrimp, that has already been deveined, cooked and are ready to eat. Just thaw and serve them with this sauce.

It is such a simple appetizer!

If you are going to boil your own shrimp, make sure the raw shrimp is fresh or thawed. I don’t throw them in the water frozen. I like to boil them with the shell on and peel them once cooked. If they are deveined or butterflied, that is fine, just make sure they are not completely peeled prior to boiling.

Bring water, and any spices you want, to a boil in a big pot. Throw in the shrimp and once they are pink and float to the top they are done.

Once the shrimp float to the top of the boiling water, use a metal strainer to remove the cooked shrimp. Chill the shrimp in the fridge of toss them in a large bowl full of ice cubes.

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe Seafood Easy Classic

I find the amount of sauce that this recipe yields is enough for about 2 pounds of shrimp. Some lemon wedges go well with the shrimp and cocktail sauce.

Most times, I serve the shrimp with the peel still on and we do ‘peel and eat’ shrimp. Sometimes, and as shown in these photos, I peel all the shrimp ahead of time. This is nice when you are serving the shrimp at a party or event.

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe - Easy Classic Seafood Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe Seafood Easy Classic
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How to make cocktail sauce for shrimp with this easy recipe. Homemade and copycat to the Heinz seafood cocktail sauce. Ketchup, horseradish and lemon for dipping.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 tablespoons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp horseradish (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Whisk all the ingredients together until well mixed.
  • Serve with cooked shrimp.

Nutrition

Per serving:

Calories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g

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Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe Seafood Easy Classic

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93 comments

  • Your shrimp cocktail sauce would be much better if you add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Heinz chili sauce to the recipe. That is how I always make it.

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  • Very easy and super delicious. Never thought to make it myself however will be doing it from now on. My husband can’t handle too much horseradish and I love it. So I make a separate batch for him with be very little horseradish.
    My biggest question would be how long does it keep in the fridge?????
    Thanks a bunch

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  • 5 stars
    A little garlic and perfecto. Add Mayo and relish for a great Thousand Island Salas dressing.

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  • Easy and excellent. I never buy bottled sauce anymore; no where near as good as this recipe.

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  • 4 stars
    I would usually just put ketchup and horseradish together. Not sure why I never thought about hot sauce to add as I like things spicy. This recipe was what I needed to get it right. Used fresh shredded horseradish. Will definitely use this one again. Thanks for the share

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  • like my recipe, but i also add dijon mustard for the hot sauce. I never have hot sauce when i need it.

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  • 4 stars
    Great recipe. Your recipe is so similar to mine but I also add 2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine and also a good table spoon of dried basil. Sometimes I will add a few shakes of cayenne pepper…Enjoy

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect! We made 2 batches so we’d have enough for 4

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    • Made this for Christmas, so yummy

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  • 5 stars
    This sauce is just awesome served with Panko breaded fried shrimp 5 star favor !!!

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  • Yummyy sauce

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  • 5 stars
    Absolute perfect combo of ingredients for those moments of, “I need this to taste exactly like shrimp cocktail sauce”.

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  • 5 stars
    Very good sauce for freshly boiled shrimp

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  • 5 stars
    Really good and easy too!

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect! I love cocktail sauce with a zip – I saved this one for future use.

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  • 5 stars
    I mixed this up in a couple of minutes, and it is simply delightful. There are two of us so I only made 1/2 the recipe. There are only a couple of ingredients all of which we had around here. Easy to make, easy to eat!

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  • 5 stars
    This was the best shrimp cocktail sauce that I have ever tasted! I followed recipe as written and it was perfect. I have tried other recipes but this is by far the BEST!

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  • Looked for a shrimp cocktail recipe online because the store bought one I use to buy is no longer available – Hoffman House. Made your recipe for a shrimp snack on a trip to a northern cabin. Didn’t use the hot sauce because my friend doesn’t anything spicy. Anyway, I want to pass on this recipe beats the H.H. recipe hands down. So glad I discovered your website. I too am a self made foodie and don’t always go according to the recipe. I tend to tweet it to my liking. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect

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  • 5 stars
    Very good and all pantry staples! Thanks Steve!

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  • I tried this tonight. It was so simple & so yummy!! Definitely will be making this again!!

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