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How to Make Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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Cocktail Sauce is so easy to make at home! This Homemade Cocktail Sauce literally takes 2 minutes and 5 ingredients that you already have in the fridge!

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Shrimp Cocktail with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

I can just about guarantee you, that if you love food, you have these ingredients in your refrigerator, as we speak!

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Why Make Your Own Cocktail Sauce?

You know how the door of your refrigerator has absolutely NO MORE room for another condiment? What with the ketchup, at least 2 kinds of mustard, pickles, soy sauce, mayonnaise, jellies, salad dressings, yada, yada, yada! If you make your own cocktail sauce as needed, you don’t have to add cocktail sauce to that list… and it tastes SOOOO MUCH Better!!!

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In less than 2 minutes you can have cocktail sauce! This is also great when you run out of the store bought stuff!

Ingredients in Homemade Cocktail Sauce

  • Good quality ketchup
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Lemon Juice, fresh or bottled
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Bottle Hot Sauce (like tabasco)
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How to Make this Cocktail Sauce Recipe

  1. Measure and add the ingredients for the sauce to a small bowl. Mix. Refrigerate for about one hour.
  2. Mince garlic.
  3. Toss cleaned shrimp, olive oil, garlic and pepper together.
  4. Add a bit of oil or butter to pan. Cook shrimp on first side until that side is pink.
  5. Flip. Continue cooking until shrimp are pink and slightly opaque. Do not cook shrimp until they are fully white or they will be overdone.
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How Long Will Homemade Cocktail Sauce Last in the Refrigerator?

This Cocktail Sauce Recipe will last a minimum of 2 weeks if stored in the refrigerator. Due to the lemon juice and the tomatoes in the ketchup, the cocktail sauce has a fairly low pH, so the acidity in the sauce will preserve it for quite some time.

Here is a quick Youtube video to show you how to make How to Make Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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How to Make Homemade Cocktail Sauce

You can have this cocktail sauce ready in 5 minutes with ingredients you already have in your refrigerator!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 tablepoons
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $1


Cocktail Sauce

Garlic Shrimp Shrimp Cocktail

  • 1 lb shrimp extra large or jumbo
  • 3 large clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil


Cocktail Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together. Chill at least 1 hour.

Garlic Shrimp Shrimp Cocktail

  • Peel and clean shrimp.
  • Crush garlic and mince finely.
  • Heat pan over medium high heat.
  • Toss shrimp with olive oil and garlic.
  • Add to pan and saute a couple minutes per side until pink.
  • Remove from heat. Serve either hot or cold, with cocktail sauce.
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This cocktail sauce will last at least 2 weeks, stored in a air tight container, in the refrigerator.
Great way to use up your condiments and to save a ton of money!
You can adjust the lemon and the horseradish to your palette. Add more, or less, as you like. 
Goes well with any fish and seafood!


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Originally Published 5/16/2016

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, only 5 ingredients, that is awesome! This also looks like it has great taste and is versatile with so many things being able to be dipped in it. Thanks for another great recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    You’re right! I do have all of these ingredients in my fridge! I’m sure this recipe for cocktail sauce is way better than the jarred version. Thanks for sharing!
    And your shrimp cocktail presentation is lovely!

  3. Nothing beats Homemade and this cocktail sauce sounds super delicious and easy! Definitely trying it soon!

    1. I know right? I have not talked to one person who did not everything in their fridge too! 🙂 Thanks for watching the video and for stopping by, Emily!

  4. 5 stars
    How fun! I just love making homemade sauces and condiments! I bet this test so much better just after it’s made rather than after sitting in a jar for a while!

  5. 5 stars
    Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

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