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.

The Best Cocktail Sauce - Ever


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.

Cocktail Sauce

Here’s how I make it.

5.0 from 7 reviews
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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 10

    Sam says

    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.

  4. 13

    Chelsey says

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

  5. 15

    Suzanne says

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

  6. 17

    Kim Honeycutt says

    I’ve always mixed ketchup and horseradish, now I know to add the lemon and Worcestershire sauce. No doubt that will take it over the top! You know I’m pinning it!

    • 18

      Kim Honeycutt says

      I just wanted to tell you I made this and it is AWESOME!!
      I pinned it to my “Tried It & Liked It” board. Thank You!

  7. 20

    Sassy says

    Just made first time ever. it and I give it a 5 out of 5 star. The cocktail sauce was a delight to have and it was WAY better then the jared commercial stuff. I used natural and organic ingredients and WOWIE was this the way to go. While making it I had decided to cut the recipe in half then without realizing until done I only cut the 2 cups of ketchup in half and the rest of it I used the full recipe. O MY GOSH if you like a little Zing to your Zang then DO THIS! No kidding you I thought I ruined the recipe at this point but my husband and I loved it even more. Can’t thank you enough for this recipe. ( : YUMMY!

    • 21


      So glad you enjoyed it and I love that you upped the kick in it! I know I’d love it that way, too as I’m always adding a bit more spice than everyone else! :)

  8. 22

    dick kline says

    I am from Lancaster county ,pa and this is the exact receipe that ived used for 55 years, good for you its great,quick and eazy.

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    carl says

    I have made this many times and it is good. You can change it up a little by using Hintz chili sauce instead of ketchup.

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    Sweetsugarbelle says

    Just like my Nanny used to make! I can never eat the bottled stuff. I actually take my own when we eat out!


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