Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Once you’ve tried homemade cocktail sauce, you’ll never buy the jarred variety again. Today’s 5 Minute Fix is a zippy cocktail sauce recipe that you can make in a matter of moments, and adjust to you liking!

Cocktail Sauce Recipe #cocktailsauce #homemade #diy

I can honestly say it’s been at least 14 years since I’ve purchased a jar of cocktail sauce.

After all, when the homemade version is so quick, cheap, and easy why would I spend the cash to buy a lesser quality product?

Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe #cocktailsauce #homemade #diy

By simply combining items you already (most likely) have in your fridge, you can make the most flavorful cocktail sauce recipe you’ve ever tried. And of course, you can adjust it to taste.

Start by mixing catsup, fresh lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a small bowl.

Then add prepared horseradish and hot sauce to taste. That’s it!

Simple Cocktail Sauce Recipe #cocktailsauce #homemade #diy

Try eating Cocktail Sauce

  • With steamed or roasted shrimp (of course)
  • On burgers or a roast beef sandwich
  • With cream cheese and tortilla chips
  • Mixed into tomato juice for an easy Bloody Mary base
  • As veggie dip
  • On a seafood pizza
  • In a cool pasta salad

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Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Yield: 3/4 cup

Prep Time:3 minutes

5 / 5 (5 Reviews)
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  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1 1/2 Tb. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tb. worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 Tb. prepared horseradish
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3-4 dashed of hot sauce *optional


  1. Mix the catsup, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1 Tb. of horseradish. Taste and add more if desired. Then stir in a few dashes of hot sauce if you like your cocktail sauce with extra kick.
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15 comments on “Cocktail Sauce Recipe

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  2. Samina | The Cupcake Confessionposted June 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Whoaaaa!!!! I’m loving this sauce!!!! I can literally use it for a million things!!!! In sandwiches and burgers, as a dipping sauce for almost anything!!!! WOW!!!! I sooooo need this in my life!

    Rating: 5
  3. JSposted June 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply

    THANK YOU FOR THIS!! I’ve been so fed up of searching around for cocktail sauce with no high fructose corn syrup in it. Now I will always make it! :)

    Rating: 5
  4. Jennaposted June 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Perfect summer condiment! I love the simple ingredient list and how fast you can whip this up! Yum

    Rating: 5
  5. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted June 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm Reply

    I can remember the first time I can cocktail sauce. It was with shrimp. I love the tang of it, of course. Great recipe to have on hand, when you want something spur of the moment. Plus homemade anything always tastes better.

    Rating: 5
  6. zerrinposted June 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Everything is better when homemade! I’m sure this amazing sauce goes perfect on pasta!

  7. shari w.posted June 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm Reply

    gee, I think I better try making my own too!! nice & easy recipe :)

  8. Sammi @Sammi Sunshineposted June 10, 2014 at 10:44 am Reply

    I did not know that making cocktail sauce was this easy! Dang, I am never buying storebought again.

    Rating: 5
  9. Amandaposted June 10, 2014 at 8:18 am Reply

    This is awesome, thanks so much girl! So simple! :)

  10. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted June 10, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply

    Whoa – who knew cocktail sauce was that simple? Not I. Totally going to be making your recipe from now on! :)

  11. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted June 10, 2014 at 6:47 am Reply

    When I was working in the hotel business I started making this from scratch and now I never buy bottled. And now I’m craving a giant bowl of shrimp cocktail.

    • Robinposted August 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm Reply

      Craving that bowl of shrimp cocktail too!

  12. Tieghanposted June 10, 2014 at 6:31 am Reply

    Love the simplicity of this. Sounds awesome!

  13. Julie @ Running in aSkirtposted June 10, 2014 at 6:20 am Reply

    This makes me want oysters!! haha!
    What a great, simple sauce.

  14. How to Philosophize with Cakeposted June 10, 2014 at 4:54 am Reply

    Looks great! I love making homemade cocktail sauce, it looks like we use a similar recipe! :)