Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Here’s a recipe for a super- simple way to make your own Homemade Cocktail Sauce:

Cocktail Sauce

I mentioned in my last post that my nephew Jordan visited us for Christmas this year.  He brought his wife Stephanie and their adorable, perfect little girl Olivia, and we had a fabulous time.  Jordan is the executive chef at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch (a family-friendly vacation ranch).  He creatively plans all of their themed menus and does the majority of the cooking too.  The dude is a talented guy.  It’s so much fun to have a chef in our family because I can totally relate to him and we have so much in common.  While at our house, he made us a ton of awesome treats.  On the day after Christmas, we decided to have a Tapas Night.  Jordan whipped up some homemade cocktail sauce for us to dip our gigantic cooked shrimp into.

Shrimp Cocktail dipping

He started to prepare the cocktail sauce, and then he asked my husband where we kept the horseradish.  OOPS… no horseradish in our house.  Time to improvise.  He scoured my fridge and my pantry for a spicy alternative and decided to sub pepperoncini for the horseradish.  We were all delighted to discover that the pepperoncini worked out GREAT.  So in this recipe, you can either use pepperoncini OR horseradish.  I’d say that the horseradish makes the sauce a little bit spicier.

Cocktail Sauce - RecipeGirl.com

If you’re celebrating in any way on New Year’s Eve this year, grab some fresh shrimp (you can even buy it already cooked), and make your own cocktail sauce.  It’s the perfect, fancy way to ring in the New Year.

Wishing you the absolute best New Year’s ever… much happiness and good health in 2014 :)

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Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 10 min


1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 cups chili sauce (like Heinz)
1/4 cup prepared horseradish OR finely chopped pepperoncini
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce


Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve with cooked shrimp.

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16 Responses to “Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe”

  1. 1

    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — December 30, 2013 @ 5:18 AM

    I didn’t know home made cocktail sauce was so easy! Perfect for all that NYE shrimp eatin’ I have planned :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    Julie — December 30, 2013 @ 5:25 AM

    I’ve been making cocktail sauce since I was a child. It’s so easy. I could never imagine buying the bottled stuff.

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — December 30, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

    I love the last minute sub of pepperocini! Very creative. There’s nothing better than a good shrimp cocktail.

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    Liz S. — December 30, 2013 @ 9:26 AM

    Wonderful cocktail sauce recipe! Loooove shrimp cocktail.

    Wishing you a wonderful upcoming 2014, Lori! Can’t wait to read more Recipe Girl posts in the new year :)

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    layla — December 30, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

    what also works well is wasabi powder, if out of horseradish

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    Linda Grishman — December 30, 2013 @ 3:03 PM

    That’s exactly how I make it, except I leave out the Worcester Sauce, For me, the more horseradish, the better. Now I am salivating and luckily I have some frozen shrimp in the freezer. YUMMM

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    patsy — December 30, 2013 @ 5:44 PM

    Wow! I’ve never made this myself, but am thinking that it would be worth doing shrimp cocktail just to sample it! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    Deborah — December 30, 2013 @ 7:59 PM

    I love how easy this is. And now I’m craving shrimp cocktail!!

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    Wendy | Around My Family Table — December 30, 2013 @ 7:59 PM

    I have some big fans of shrimp cocktail in the house- this should be a hit!

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — December 31, 2013 @ 3:41 AM

    Love this and am adding it to my menu tonight. I love,love,love homemade cocktail sauce! Cheers to 2014!

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    Nancy Long — December 31, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

    this is how I’ve made mine for years now. Sometimes use lime juice in place of lemon – hubby scarfs it up

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    Nancy Long — December 31, 2013 @ 10:06 AM

    this is how I’ve made mine for years. sometimes use lime juice in place of lemon – hubby scarfs it up – the chili sauce makes it, also sometimes just use the chili sauce

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — December 31, 2013 @ 2:27 PM

    Love this recipe, Lori! It’s very similar to my Mom’s recipe we make each year. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 8, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

    Ooo the husband adores cocktail sauce! Keeping this on tab :)

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    RecipeGirl's Mom — January 30, 2014 @ 7:36 AM

    This was so yummy, Your photos are yummy too. Hurrah for our personal chef. I want to do it all over again!

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    Stephanie @CopyKat.com — October 19, 2014 @ 5:09 AM

    I love this cocktail sauce, so many folks just put a little horseradish in some ketchup and call it done. I like that you have other flavors doing on in there. I bet this tastes even better a day or two later.