A zesty cocktail sauce is so easy to make with just a few ingredients!

Of course this condiment is great for dipping cold shrimp but it’s also great for other types of seafood!

Cocktail Sauce with shrimp

No need to buy the store-bought variety when cocktail sauce is so easy to make at home with things that you already have in the fridge!

What is in Cocktail Sauce?

Cocktail sauce contains just a few ingredients. Simply stir them together (per the recipe below) and refrigerate.

  • ketchup (can substitute chili sauce if desired)
  • horseradish
  • Worcestershire
  • lemon juice

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More Uses

Cocktail sauce is great for shrimp cocktail and scallops but also tastes great as a zesty dip.

Use for fries, or even as a topping for scrambled eggs or really anything that needs an extra punch of flavor!

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Cocktail Sauce with shrimp
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Easy Cocktail Sauce

Homemade cocktail sauce is perfect for cold shrimp, roasted veggies, or even baked potatoes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Mix well and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.


Optional Additions:
  • a few dashes hot sauce
  • replace 2 tablespoons of ketchup with chili sauce
Keep up to 1 week in the fridge.
5 from 10 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 199 | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1636mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 821IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food, Sauce
Cuisine American
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  1. This was easy, forgiving and had a nice bite. I added hot sauce because we are a spice-loving family. I especially like how easy it was to make and the simple, straightforward ingredients.5 stars