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.

The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.

A quick recipe for cocktail sauce that will make you never buy bottled again. Ingredients
4.91 from 41 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 12 - about 2 cups
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish adjust to taste


  • Mix all ingredients together until well-combined.
  • Keep refrigerated.
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  1. This was the best cocktail sauce I have ever had. No more junk in a jar! I can’t wait until summer when I entertain. I live in Maryland, so you already know it has to be good. I’m looking forward to making this and serving it with my seafood feast! Thank you!

    1. This is they only cocktail sauce I will eat now. It’s sooo good! There isn’t really anything else to be said about it, it is the absolute BEST cocktail sauce. Thank you for all of your recipes, they never disappoint!

      1. Robyn, can you share what store and/or what brand? I can only seem to find “prepared” horseradish. And when I ask store associates, I get a blank stare.

      2. I have used several brands, Brooke. Ask for fresh ground horseradish. I usually find mine at Publix or Kroger. Sometimes I have to ask for it in the deli section. A couple of brands are Silver Spring and Seminole. Hope you can find it in your store.

  2. The first time I made this it was way too “ketchupy”. Definitely not enough horseradish. I had to quadruple the amount of horseradish, and then it was fantastic.

  3. NEVER will purchase a jar again and from now on, will do this home-made. We didn’t have ground horseradish in our kitchen, so we used Wasabe, to taste, in its place and added more lemon juice to taste . . . FANTASTIC! Thank you for a simple and successful recipe, Robyn! When I googled for the recipe, yours was the best search result!

  4. The store bought is still sitting in the fridge. My son wanted to make his own even though we had some expensive sauce in the fridge. This is so much better than any sauce we have ever had. Making it again on Saturday for ou guests.

  5. Really good easy recipe.  My father-in-law made his own cocktail sauce and this reminds me of it. I quartered the recipe because only my wife and I will eat it.  I upped the horseradish because I like my cocktail sauce a little zinger.

  6. Just found this. I run the food service program for a international company. My vendor shorted me my regular cocktail sauce. I am so glad they did.
    I will be using this recipe from now on.

  7. So good!  We loved it.  My husband likes it spicy so I added more horseradish.  It is now in our fridge at all times!! 

  8. Just made up a cup and ate a dozen shrimp. Man, I’m stuffed. My wife says it’s better than the stuff out of a jar.
    It’s real good.

  9. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it is fabulous. I have some tempura shrimp that I haven’t been loving, I finally decided it was the bottled cocktail sauce. I found your recipe and in 5 mins had the best tempura shrimp ever.
    The sauce has such a fresh flavor, the ingredients play so well on each other. I love lemon and horseradish in cocktail sauce, and this was the perfect amount of both. I will not buy bottled cocktail sauce again, ever

  10. I never made my own sauce (and I do cook) but I ran out of the bottled stuff during company visiting. I googled home made and found this one so I tried it. Not only did I like it better than the bottled stuff but my guests raved about it and asked where I purchased it. They did not believe I made it from scratch in about 5 minutes. Well, that’s it. Easy, quick and much tastier. No more bottled stuff for me!!! Thanks Robyn Stone !!!!

  11. This is my go to sauce. BF can’t handle spicy food but this was just perfect! (Of course I added an extra 1/2 tspn horseradish ) and he raves about how good this.

  12. I tried this recipe a few weeks ago because you had said “y’all” in your comment. Southern gal. Southern cooking. I’m back at it for Super Bowl Sunday. My wife requested it. And I always consider her requests, especially when they align with my own!

  13. Delicious recipe! I’ve made it several times and continue to get compliments. I used to use Crosse & Blackwell Cocktail Sauce religiously and have tried several recipes however none came close…This is superior! Thank you!

  14. WOW! You shared a fantastic recipe which I made and found to be so delicious. Truly awesome. I will never purchase bottled cocktail sauce again. What I made was so easy to make and was so good.
    Thank you.

  15. Awesome simple recipe! Love it. I used Penzey’s Ground Horseradish – works great! Just needed to use a little more horseradish for more kick. Tried another recipe using Tomato sauce and it was a disaster. Thanks, Robyn!!!

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