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Cocktail Sauce

Homemade Cocktail Sauce is a must have for shrimp! This recipe is so simple to make with pantry ingredients and so much tastier than store bought. 

Cocktail Sauce with shrimp and fresh lemon

Why You’ll Love this Cocktail Sauce

  • Cocktail Sauce for shrimp is so easy to make at home with just a few ingredients that are probably in your pantry.
  • The flavors in homemade cocktail sauce compliment seafood flavors and it only takes 5 minutes to make.
  • A great condiment to have on hand in your refrigerator.

I learned to make cocktail sauce working in my family’s catfish restaurant when I was growing up. We served fried shrimp and cocktail sauce was a must on the buffet. I am sharing my updated version that is simple to make at home. 

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Ingredients for Cocktail Sauce

  • Ketchup
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Lemon Juice
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Black Pepper

How to Make Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Bowl of ingredients for cocktail sauce - ketchup, horseradish, seasonings
  1. In a medium size bowl, add ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice plus garlic and pepper. 
  2. Stir together until well combined. 
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
Cocktail Sauce in a bowl

Double this recipe as needed. This recipe makes just a little over one cup and is perfect for about 2 pounds of shrimp. 

How long will cocktail sauce keep?

Store cocktail sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Stir before using. 

My family is all about the sauce! We even owned our own barbecue sauce business. What ever we are serving, you can count on having homemade sauce. 

Fresh lemons halves and a bowl of cocktail sauce

More Homemade Sauces to Serve with Shrimp

Bowl of cocktail sauce with spoon and sliced lemon

Shrimp Recipes to serve with Cocktail Sauce

  • Shrimp Cocktail is a classic appetizer to serve with cocktail sauce. Great for parties and holiday get togethers. Easy to make ahead of your gathering. 
  • Southern Fried Shrimp is a favorite to serve as an appetizer or main dish and so easy to make at home. 
  • Lemon Garlic Shrimp has tons of flavor and is so simple to make! Great with cocktail sauce for an additional kick of flavor. 
Close up of bowl of cocktail sauce

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Bowl of cocktail sauce with lemon slices
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4.57 from 23 votes

Cocktail Sauce

Homemade Cocktail Sauce is a must have for shrimp! This recipe is so simple to make with pantry ingredients. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: horseradish sauce, sauce for shrimp, shrimp cocktail sauce
Calories: 34kcal
Author: Milisa



  • Add ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice to a bowl.
  • Add garlic and pepper and stir until well blended.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.



Keep in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 6 months. Stir before serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 295mg | Sugar: 7g


  1. Made this morning. Adjusted to my taste by adding an extra tablespoon of horse radish and an extra tablespoon of lemon juice. Delicious!

  2. Second Christmas in a row I have made this – just finished and again a winner! The only thing I do different is cut the pepper in half but that is me…. I have tried the St Elmo copycat and this kicks it’s butt.

  3. This is the third Christmas I will be making this sauce. That should say enough however my family are horseradish addicts so I always add extra. I keep everything the same. This sauce is too easy to make and too good not to enjoy!

  4. I love this cocktail sauce recipe, and I love that it only has six ingredients. We had everything in the house, so it was super easy to make. The granulated garlic was the perfect amount!

  5. I loved how balanced this cocktail sauce was, the perfect ratio of horseradish in comparison to other ingredients. We absolutely loved it.

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