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.
LIZ October 13, 2013 REVIEW:
OMG! Just looked this up when we realized we hadn't bought more cocktail sauce from the store...absolutely delicious!
Doc Sheet May 2, 2013 REVIEW:
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.
twes December 21, 2011 REVIEW:
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.
masterdugay January 9, 2011 REVIEW:
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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gsshark2000 June 6, 2010 REVIEW:
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.
bilturetta March 20, 2010 REVIEW:
loved it with tempura calamari!
DF October 10, 2009 REVIEW:
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.
Guest Foodie May 25, 2009 REVIEW:
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.
ntomany January 19, 2009 COMMENT: This is the perfect cocktail sauce recipe! Easy to make and tastes great!
coctailgirl August 29, 2008 COMMENT: 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
Faith August 15, 2008 REVIEW:
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.
Olive Oil July 3, 2008 REVIEW:
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.
Nbrowb February 17, 2007 REVIEW:
This cocktail sauce is great, and it's very simple.
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pianoman_9 August 14, 2006 REVIEW:
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!!
yvmes March 21, 2006 REVIEW:
A snap to make,
a delight to taste...
beth February 22, 2006 REVIEW:
this is an awesome cocktail sauce and easy to make! What a delight!