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Shrimp cocktail

Famous Homemade Cocktail Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Here’s the very best homemade cocktail sauce that makes shrimp cocktail sparkle! Tangy, savory, and spicy, this recipe takes just 5 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup*
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot)


  1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients. Taste and adjust horseradish to your preference. Saves for up to 3 months refrigerated.


*Double if serving for a large party. 

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Homemade cocktail sauce, Cocktail sauce recipe