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Basic Cocktail Sauce

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Rating: 5/5
15 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 12458
Basic Cocktail Sauce Recipe
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6 tablespoons tomato ketchup
2 tablespoons horseradish
4 tablespoons lemon juice
celery salt to taste
Tabasco sauce


Shake all ingredients until well mixed. Add celery salt and tabasco sauce to your taste. Chill and serve.

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31 calories, 0 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in fat.
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Jan 13, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. This recipe for basic cocktail sauce is the perfect accompaniment to seafood favorites like shrimp, calamari, crab, and so much more. The tabasco sauce is totally optional for those who prefer sauce with a kick to it. If preparing this for kids, or anyone who simply does not care for too much spice, feel free to leave it out and you will still have a flavorful sauce from the other ingredients.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
OMG! Just looked this up when we realized we hadn't bought more cocktail sauce from the store...absolutely delicious!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
MacGyver'ed cocktail sauce

Brought some tasty Dungeness crab to work for lunch and forgot cocktail sauce, so I took three packs of ketchup one pack of horseradish a little Tabasco and finally sprinkled some lemon Crystal light and mixed together turned out great, special thank you to the canteen lady for providing the packets.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
this was a great basic recipe for me. i had no Tabasco sauce but use some chili powder and vinegar instead. also added some garlic and steak sauce. i like my cocktail sauce spicy. worked great. was very impressed.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I have been making my own sauce for years. Nothing store bought any more. I do add more horseradish for extra zip. Family expects this everytime we entertain.

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Jun 6, 2010

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Just more proof that keeping it simple is the best way to go. This is a great sauce on its own, but can accommodate variations, too. This recipe tastes like the best quality sauces you would find in markets, but has better depth and finish, and compliments the food. Nicely.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
loved it with tempura calamari!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was so easy and good, I'll never buy cocktail sauce again! I added a dash of A-1 to give it a little richer flavor, and it turned out very fresh and tangy.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
So easy, and we had everything we needed on hand already. We had to add a little extra ketchup to thicken it...the lemon juice made it a little runny.

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This is the perfect cocktail sauce recipe! Easy to make and tastes great!

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This was a great sauce, especially in pinch! I had to make this for my mom because there wasn't any casoctail sauce at the store. However, I on;y used 2 tablespoons of of Lemon Juice and added 1 teaspoon of Lea and Perrins instead of tabasco sauce. It tasted great! :P

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I found it a little to sweet for my taste. I added some extra Tabasco and some Lea & Perrins and a itty bitty dash of garlich powder and I liked it much more. but it was super fast.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this last night to serve with fried mussels, it was a fabulous choice! You don't get faster or tastier than this recipe.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This cocktail sauce is great, and it's very simple.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
What a great cocktail sauce. easy and great taste. I doubled up on the horseradish. I like it to bring a bead of sweat to my eyebrow!!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
A snap to make,
a delight to taste...

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
this is an awesome cocktail sauce and easy to make! What a delight!

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