Homemade cocktail sauce is an easy dip for shrimp cocktail, fish sticks, chicken tenders and more! This easy to make recipe tastes much better than store bought versions. You’ll never go back to buying it premade again!
Shrimp cocktail is one of my favorite appetizers ever.
It’s easy, simple and elegant.
But best of all, it gets served with spicy, bold cocktail sauce.
And I absolutely adore dunking things into this horseradish laced dip.
Did you know you can make your own right at home?
And it will taste ten times better than any you could buy in the store since you can customize it to suit your tastes exactly.
To make this dip, you need only a few things:
- Chili sauce – I like Heinz, but you can use your preferred.
- Ketchup – Use a good quality one, like Heinz or your favorite brand.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Horseradish- Adjust the amount to suit your tastes but keep in mind it has a very strong flavor.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Garlic salt
How to Make
This is one of those recipes that’s so easy to make you’ll wonder why you ever bought the premade version!
To do it, just add all the ingredients in a small blender and whip until smooth.
You could use a hand whisk and small bowl to whip them together by hand.
Once the sauce is combined, spoon or pour the sauce into a sealable container.
Cover the container and place in the fridge.
When the sauce is chilled, serve alongside chilled, steamed shrimp or other dippers.
Serving with Shrimp Cocktail
Cocktail sauce pairs perfectly with shrimp cocktail.
Arrange the shrimp in a ring around a fancy dish or glass for a lovely holiday arrangement.
To add a little more freshness, serve your shrimp with cut lemon wedges.
And for maximum presentation make sure to add some greens like fresh parsley to your serving platter.
Other Serving Ideas
Cocktail sauce is not just for dipping chilled shrimp!
You can dip fried fish and chips or fried shrimp too.
It’s also really good with cracked crab claws.
If you have kids or really want to, you can serve with french fries, tater tots, chicken nuggets, and chicken tenders.
Store in a sealed glass jar after you freshly make it.
If you make a large batch, dish out what you think you’ll need before serving.
If the sauce touches food, it will grow bacteria if you store it again unless you use it within 24 hours.
Unused, stored sauce will stay fresh in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Once opened though, use the sauce within 24 hours.
Tips and Tricks
- Use a blender for fast, easy whipping.
- Don’t store used sauce that’s touched food, it can grow bacteria once it has come in contact with shrimp or other foods.
- Serve with your favorite dippable foods like fries, tots, chicken nuggets, or fried fish.
- Use steamed shrimp for a cocktail ring. It looks the best compared to other cooking methods.
Other Easy Homemade Sauces, Dips and Spreads
This homemade cocktail sauce will be one of your favorites to make to serve with shrimp and other dippables.
Make it for your next special occasion and enjoy!
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Easy Homemade Cocktail Sauce
- 1/3 cup chili sauce such as Heinz
- 1/4 cup ketchup good quality
- 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp horseradish more or less, to taste
- 2 1/4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- pinch garlic salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a small blender, and whip together until smooth. If you'd prefer, you can add them to a small mixing bowl and whisk together by hand.
- Chill the mixture, covered, in the refrigerator.
- Once chilled, serve it arranged with chilled, steamed shrimp for the best presentation.