Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe

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

Cocktail Sauce with shrimp

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 has been the executive chef at many restaurants.  He creatively plans 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.  And it’s a great recipe to serve with shrimp at all other celebrations during the year too!

Here are a few more homemade sauce recipes you might like to try:

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Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Love this easy sauce to go with my shrimp!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 14 servings (3 1/2 cups)
Calories 65kcal
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail sauce, easy cocktail sauce


  • cups ketchup
  • cups chili sauce (like Heinz brand)
  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Stephanie @CopyKat.com wrote:

    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.

  • RecipeGirl’s Mom wrote:

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

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

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

  • Nancy Long wrote:

    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

  • Nancy Long wrote:

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

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon wrote:

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

  • Wendy | Around My Family Table wrote:

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

  • Deborah wrote:

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

  • patsy wrote:

    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!

  • Linda Grishman wrote:

    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

  • layla wrote:

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

  • Liz S. wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade wrote:

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

  • Julie wrote:

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

  • Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness wrote:

    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!