Shrimp Cocktail Sauce



The juicy, plump shrimp in shrimp cocktail are nice but the dish is all about the sauce. Cocktail sauce is a tangy, subtly spicy combination consisting of ketchup, horseradish and a few other additions like lemon juice and hot sauce for added flavor and balance. The overall taste of cocktail sauce is a beautiful combination of tang, spice, and acidity with pungent kicks throughout. The ketchup acts as the perfect vinegary tomato base, the horseradish is there to offer its unique heat, Worcestershire sauce adds complexity and lemon is used to balance everything out. That flavor profile is why it pairs best with seafood. The briny taste of the ocean pairs flawlessly with the layers of the sauce to create one amazing bite. Overall, the sauce is delectable and preparing it requires little to no effort making it ideal for entertaining. We do not know who to credit for this sauce but The Dictionary of American Food and Drink states that shrimp cocktail (sauce included) is a variation of the oyster cocktail. The sauce was originally used to mute the strong flavor and texture of raw oysters and clams.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
America Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
5 minutes 0 minutes
Yields: 1 cup of sauce, good for 4-6 servings

!!!! Ingredients

  • 1 cup ketchup, use your favorite brand
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Hot sauce, to taste

How to Make !!!!?

!!!! Sauce – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Transfer the ketchup to a bowl.
2. Stir in the horseradish, Worcestershire, and lemon juice.
3. Add hot sauce to taste.
4. Serve.

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Ideas to Use – !!!

A good cocktail sauce recipe and shrimp are a match made in culinary heaven. Just cook the shrimp in a pot of salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes, transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process and serve with the sauce. Fried shrimp work just as well and offer good crunch. Adding wedges of lemon and onion to the salted water will give the shrimp more flavor and compliment the sauce so keep that in mind. The sauce also tastes good with clams and oysters (raw or fried). Alternatives uses for cocktail sauce include using it on meatloaf, burgers, serving it with crab or a standalone dip for vegetables. A few spoonfuls can even be stirred into cheese sauce and served over a plate of crab nachos!


!!! is fit for:

Low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free and pescatarian diets (some Worcestershire sauce includes anchovies).

This cocktail sauce recipe leaves room for creativity. Let’s face it. It is essentially spicy ketchup so it can handle a few more ingredients. Possible substitutions include swapping lemon with lime juice, adding citrus zest instead of juice, using soy sauce rather than Worcestershire and adding chili flakes instead of chili sauce. You can also includefresh chopped herbs, make your own ketchup, infuse the sauce with garlic and/or add a creamy element to achieve something between cocktail and Marie Rose sauce. A lot can be done so consider the flavors you like, prepare and dip big!

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