Shrimp Cocktail Sauce – A simple and delicious sauce that’s perfect to serve with fresh shrimp at your next party or gathering. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions on how to whip up this classic dipping sauce.

This Shrimp Cocktail Sauce recipe adds the perfect amount of flavor to your next shrimp cocktail spread. In under five minutes and using just five simple ingredients, we’re willing to bet that you’ll ditch the store bought stuff for the homemade version every time.

The Best Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

This classic shrimp cocktail sauce has the perfect balance of savory, fresh, and spicy flavors to make your next shrimp spread shine. We purposely used staple ingredients like ketchup, horseradish, and lemon juice so that this recipe is a snap to whip up. And yes, making your own homemade cocktail sauce is worth it. The proof will be in your first bite.

What You Will Need

  • ketchup – Salty, sweet, sour, and bitter, this cabinet staple has it all.
  • prepared horseradish – This is typically found in the condiment aisle at your local grocery store, or for the freshest option, blend up some vinegar and fresh horseradish root in your foot processor.
  • chili sauce – A combination of sweet, sour, and spicy.
  • lemon juice – Adds a hint of fresh citrus flavors.
  • worcestershire sauce – Adds umami flavor throughout.
  • hot sauce (optional) – For those who like some heat.

What Is Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce for shrimp is a simple dipping sauce for boiled or chilled shrimp, which is typically served as an appetizer on a bed of ice with cocktail sauce on the side. Because its simple to throw together and uses minimal ingredients, it’s the perfect addition to your next appetizer spread.

How To Make Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Start by gathering and measuring the ingredients.

Place all of the sauce ingredients into a small mixing bowl and mix to combine.

Serve your cocktail sauce alongside chilled shrimp and lemon wedges for the perfect shrimp cocktail appetizer dish.

Finally, taste and add any additional horseradish as desired.

Recipe FAQs

  • storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • freezer safe: Place cocktail sauce in a freezer safe container or a vacuum-sealed bag and freeze for up to 6 months. To thaw, place the frozen sauce in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, stir and separated ingredients back together, adding a bit of water if needed.

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Shrimp Cocktail Sauce – a simple, delicious + flavorful shrimp cocktail sauce recipe that is perfect for your next plate of shrimp cocktail!


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 23 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)


  1. Combine the Shrimp Cocktail Sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Taste and add any additional horseradish, as desired.
  4. Serve with shrimp cocktail and enjoy!


  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Freezer Safe: To freeze leftovers, place cocktail sauce in a freezer safe container and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.