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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 -

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 🙂

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 10 min

Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe


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.


16 Responses to “Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe”

  1. postedDec 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!

  2. postedDec 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.

  3. postedDec 30, 2013 9:12 AM

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

  4. postedDec 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 🙂

  5. postedDec 30, 2013 11:42 AM

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

  6. postedDec 30, 2013 3:03 PM
    Linda Grishman

    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

  7. postedDec 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!

  8. postedDec 30, 2013 7:59 PM

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

  9. postedDec 30, 2013 7:59 PM

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

  10. postedDec 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!

  11. postedDec 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

  12. postedDec 31, 2013 10:06 AM
    Nancy Long

    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

  13. postedDec 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!

  14. postedJan 8, 2014 10:27 AM

    Ooo the husband adores cocktail sauce! Keeping this on tab 🙂

  15. postedJan 30, 2014 7:36 AM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

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

  16. postedOct 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.

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