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Cocktail sauce, fresh and homemade

"Seafood Cocktail Sauce" will go great with any type of fish!
"Seafood Cocktail Sauce" will go great with any type of fish!

If you're a big fan of seafood, one thing that many fans of it enjoy is a shrimp cocktail. This is a popular appetizer in many restaurants and many seafood fans often go to fish restaurants just to have this popular item. What makes it so very good? Without question, it's the sauce that does it!

Have you considered making this fabulous sauce at home? The recipe I have for you is for "Seafood Cocktail Sauce" and this goes great with shrimp and any other type of seafood you happen to enjoy. This can be made ahead of time and served icy cold as a cocktail with steamed or boiled shrimp, as well as fried seafood, too.

Not a hard recipe to make by any means, you may find that you already have the needed ingredients already on hand to prepare this. You'll see in the recipe that it calls for horseradish. This is easy to find in the dairy section of the grocery. There are two types: a creamy version, much like a dressing and horseradish that's a finely minced and has no dressing with it. I like to use the minced version, though either one will work fine. While this sauce isn't terribly hot, you can use more if you like it hot. Keep in mind that horseradish has a serious "bite" to it, so use it with caution so that you don't end up with a sauce that's too spicy!

This sauce will keep under refrigeration for a long while. You could also increase the ingredients for a larger amount, in the event you're serving a larger number of people. You may find yourself making this so often, you won't be able to keep it at all!

One recipe that would go well with this sauce is "Quick and Easy Salmon Patties". Last year, I shared a recipe for this classic favorite and in case you don't already have the recipe, here's the link to get it:

Bring the flavor of a seafood restaurant home with this fabulous sauce to go with seafood!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish (more, if you like a hot sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon grated or minced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients. Cover and chill. Use a sauce with any seafood. Especially good with shrimp and oysters. Yield: about 1-1/4 cups.

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