Easy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Last Updated on July 13, 2023 by Ellen Christian

I know that most people probably buy cocktail sauce in a jar from the grocery store but with this easy shrimp cocktail sauce recipe you will be able to make your own instead.  

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Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe

I like offering finger food and appetizers when we entertain but in the summer I don’t want to heat up the oven to cook them.  

That rules out a lot of the traditional appetizers that we offer when we have friends over.  Thankfully, shrimp with cocktail sauce works even on the hottest day of the year. 

Why is it called shrimp cocktail? Originally, it was served in a cocktail glass during prohibition time.

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What’s in cocktail sauce?

If you look at a bottle of cocktail sauce on the grocery store shelf, chances are you are going to see high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient.

You will probably also see soybean oil.  Both of these things mean that chances are pretty good that your cocktail sauce will be loaded with GMOs.

What’s shrimp cocktail sauce made from?

It’s generally ketchup, a mild chili sauce, and fresh lemon juice. You can also add a splash of your favorite Worcestershire sauce if you like.

Start with organic, GMO-free ingredients to ensure your cocktail sauce is healthy and delicious. It’s easy to make homemade shrimp cocktail sauce with this recipe.

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What else can I do with cocktail sauce?

  • Add some to your omelette or frittata
  • Top your burger
  • Add it to shrimp fried rice
  • Mix it into meatloaf
  • Splash it on deviled eggs

How long will this stay good?

Please use this within 48 hours. Keep it refrigerated in a plastic container with a tightly fitting lid.

Yield: 4

Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Shrimp cocktail sauce recipe #PEPCIDTastemakers

I know that most people probably buy cocktail sauce in a jar from the grocery store but with this easy shrimp cocktail sauce recipe you will be able to make your own instead.  

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup
  • 2 tbsp horseradish
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of hot sauce sauce
  • squeeze of fresh lemon, organic


  1. Combine all ingredients and chill until cold.
  2. Serve with shrimp.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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62 thoughts on “Easy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe”

  1. Just pinned your awesome recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon! Miz Helen
  2. Homemade?! I am so going to have to try this. I love those little "popcorn" shrimp you can get and then load up with cocktail sauce. Yum!
  3. We rarely make shrimp since I was always the only one who ate it.  But now that it's summer, we might have to grill some when we have company.  I'm excited to try this recipe.
  4. I love making my own cocktail sauce! I live in Florida so fresh seafood needs fresh cocktail sauce! I use the same recipe that you do!!
  5. I LOVE shrimp but I'm not much on cocktail sauce with it. Although anything homemade is definitely the way to go in my opinion!
  6. My hubby could have used some Pepcid the other night. Something he ate with a lot of tomato sauce in it gave him heartburn. 
  7. I love making my own sauces, they often taste better and I know exactly what is in them. My husband loves shrimp, he would probably enjoy it!
  8. I always buy Tums but I would love to try Pepcid...Right after I try this recipe! I LOVE Shrimp and cocktail sauce.
  9. Shrimp cocktail is one of my favorite appetizers. I never knew how to make it myself, but I would definitely prefer to make it fresh, than to get the stuff in the bottle. It looks delicious!
  10. I don't eat shrimp but I will share with my parents. They love shrimp and would definitely try this recipe. 
  11. I never thought to make cocktail sauce myself at home instead of buying it already made. I'll have to give this a try. We love eating shrimp and trying new sauces. My husband using that antacid.
  12. This looks delicious. My mom has always made her own cocktail sauce. I might have to give her this recipe and let her have a go!
  13. Great recipe. I love cocktail sauce, and I love homemade recipes. This is perfect for me. I'll be trying this the next time I cook shrimp.
  14. I love Pepcid. The combination of an acid reducer and an antacid is a real winner. It's especially great for me, because I love spicy food. 
  15. YUM, great job on the recipe.  Thankfully there are products out there that can let us enjoy our favorite foods without too much punishment.
  16. We aren't seafood eaters in our house, but I will share this with my parents who do eat it because I am sure they would enjoy this.

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