The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever is simple, yet so delicious! Ready in a few minutes, this easy cocktail sauce recipe has only four ingredients!

The Best Cocktail Sauce - Ever

I’m pretty picky about my Cocktail Sauce. The bottled stuff just doesn’t make the cut with me. That’s the reason I developed my own years ago. And it’s absolutely the best I’ve ever tasted – and the reason I call it the Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.

This sauce comes together very simply, in just a few minutes with only four ingredients! My family loves this sauce and I’m asked how to make it every time I serve it to friends too. I think you will love it as well!

The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever

Cocktail Sauce

When you are making a special dinner that includes seafood or an appetizer like Boiled Shrimp, this homemade cocktail sauce is essential! It’s so easy to whip together right before serving the meal, or to make ahead and keep in the fridge. The fresh, zesty taste of it makes the seafood so much more special!

I especially enjoy serving this with seafood as part of special dinners like family birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and get togethers with friends. Seafood like shrimp or Scallops with this cocktail sauce taste amazing alongside a favorite meal of beef tenderloin with horsey sauce, or Skillet Ribeyes. Of course I am sure to include sides like Baked Potatoes and House Salad and a favorite dessert like Key Lime Pie or Southern Caramel Cake.

How to Make the Best Cocktail Sauce:

To make this, you’ll need:

  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Lemon Juice
  • Horseradish

Then you simply mix these ingredients together until they are well combined. Serve with your favorite seafood.

Note: If you like your cocktail sauce with a bit more or less “bite”, you can adjust the horseradish for your preference.

Make Ahead

If you make ahead or make extra, place in an airtight container and refrigerate. It should stay fresh up to a week.

Anyway, back to the sauce. When you make a special meal with a favorite seafood, it deserves this delicious sauce. Especially since it only takes a few minutes of time and it’s absolutely the best!

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

Here’s my recipe for the Best Cocktail Sauce Ever. We love it and I hope you do too!

The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.

The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever is simple, yet so delicious! Ready in a few minutes, this easy cocktail sauce recipe has only four ingredients!
4.91 from 44 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 12 – about 2 cups
Course Sauce
Calories: 46kcal
Cuisine American
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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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Now, grab a plate of shrimp and dig in.


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116 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

  3. This is amazing. It’s way too much though, so I half the recipe. And If I’m only making it for myself, I half it twice!! Thanks for posting this though 🙂

  4. This is way too mild. Needs much more horseradish, some chili garlic sauce AND some Tabasco to round it out. (I also used Sloppy Joe sauce instead of ketchup for less carbs and a richer flavor.) It was easy to make though.

    1. Karla, I made this recipe so that everyone in my family could eat it. I know some like a spicier sauce so I noted to adjust the horseradish to taste.

  5. The ingredients are all good and make a tasty sauce. If you like any spice at all, increase the horseradish by about 5x.

    1. Thanks, Zac. I try not to make my recipes really spicy for those who can’t tolerate a lot of spicy food. That’s why I add adjust to taste with the horseradish in the recipe. Some in my family always add a little more, too.

  6. Thanks so much for having this sauce. I was trying to pull it out of my brain but wasn’t having much luck. This is the same seafood sauce that an old boyfriend taught me about 40 years ago. He used to work at a Seafood Restaurant in Florida. All of their guests came to this restaurant for the cocktail sauce he told me. I love this sauce! I can make it as hot as I want with the horseradish.

    1. Thanks, Jessica. I love that each person can adjust the heat as he/she likes with this sauce, too.

  7. Robyn can this sauce be canned? What would be needed to make it appropriate for canning. More lemon?

    1. I’ve never tried canning this sauce, Ann, so I can’t tell from experience how it would work.

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