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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!

4.92 from 46 votes

The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever.

Sauces 5 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 12 – about 2 cups
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
The Best Cocktail Sauce Ever is simple, yet so delicious! Ready in a few minutes, this easy cocktail sauce recipe has only four ingredients!


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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Recipe Review


  1. This recipe is easy and delicious! A real time saver, I made it twice already. I added extra Horseradish just for extra kick, and because I love Horseradish.

    1. I love to add more horseradish to mine sometimes, too. The great thing about this recipe is that everyone can make it as spicy as they want.

  2. Awesome easy recipe. Store bought has no flavor,unless you like high HFCS and little horseradish to none. Thank you!!!