The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.

I’m pretty picky about my Cocktail Sauce. The bottled stuff just doesn’t cut it for me. Thankfully, I can have my Cocktail Sauce mixed up really quickly and even make more than I know we’ll need so that I have a little bit leftover.

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It’s really good stuff, y’all.

Hence the name, “The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.”

The other night we celebrated my my husband’s birthday. I pulled out all the stops making my husband’s favorite beef tenderloin with horsey saucecompany potatoes, and a huge salad. I even topped the meal off with my Southern Caramel Cake. I’d planned the meal of his dreams!

My family was all coming to supper and got to my house a little bit before everything was ready. I knew I needed something to tide us all over until supper was ready so I pulled out a bag of pre-cooked shrimp from the freezer and broiled them in the oven with garlic salt and butter. By the time they were finished, I had the cocktail sauce ready to go. My neice was just as excited about it as I was.

I love that girl.

We sat down, snacked on shrimp and cocktail sauce, and caught up with everything going on with her this year in high school. Boy, even though times change, some things stay the same – don’t they?

Anyway, back to the cocktail sauce.

You really should give it a try the next time you have shrimp, oysters, or the like.

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Here’s how I make it.


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The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.
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A quick recipe for cocktail sauce that will make you never buy bottled again. Ingredients
Serves: 12 – about 2 cups
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish (adjust to taste)
  1. Mix all ingredients together until well-combined.
  2. Keep refrigerated.


Now, grab a plate of shrimp and dig in.


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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    Once you’ve had GOOD cocktail sauce, it’s hard to go back to the jarred stuff. This sounds perfect!

  2. 2

    Homemade will always beat jarred/commercial stuff :) great recipe!

  3. 3

    We love cocktail sauce in our house, but my husband is super picky. Like you, he loves horseradish. This sounds like the perfect recipe!

  4. 4

    My folks owned a fish restaurant when I was a teenager and I’d bet I’ve made a ton of cocktail sauce. I make mine the same way as you and it is delicious! You have me craving shrimp!

  5. 5

    I’ve never thought about making my own cocktail sauce – what a great idea!!

  6. 6

    horseradish is the BEST part of cocktail sauce. I pretty much only like the stuff at red lobster. the bottle from the store- no matter the brand- just isnt right. Ill have to give this a try!

  7. 7

    Girlfriend!I know what you mean about not going back to jarred stuff. I can’t wait to give your cocktail sauce a try with my next batch of shrimp :D xoxo

  8. 8

    Great and simple recipe, no need to ever buy it again!

  9. 9

    This is the ONLY reason I can think of for having ketchup in the fridge! I love it.

    It’s simple and so good.

    Remembering my mentioning Happy Hour Friday a while back? Would love it if you would add this today…looking for both drinks and appetizer and I think this qualifies. Now to find some shrimp!

  10. 10

    Having our own homemade cocktail sauce is so much better then those preservative added jarred sauces. You can always make it fresh and you know it is healthy. Plus those step wise pictures are so illustrative. Great work done.

  11. 11

    That bottled stuff doesn’t cut it for me either. Your sauce looks way more yummy!

  12. 12

    Souds perfect!

  13. 13

    It’s perfect!!! Exactly how I make mine except I measured ingredients this time! Nothing better than fresh cocktail sauce with boiled shrimp.

  14. 14

    If you add just a table of vodka, it becomes transportative….

  15. 15

    Try Italian rose …I get it at walmart it’s the best I ever ate including ho made’s in the refrigerated section

  16. 16

    Cool. Thank-you!


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