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.
Oct 13, 2013
OMG! Just looked this up when we realized we hadn't bought more cocktail sauce from the store...absolutely delicious!
May 2, 2013
Doc Sheet 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.
Dec 21, 2011
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.
Jan 9, 2011
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.
Jun 6, 2010
gsshark2000 Member since: 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.
Mar 20, 2010
loved it with tempura calamari!
Oct 10, 2009
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.
May 25, 2009
Guest Foodie 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.
Jan 19, 2009
ntomany COMMENT: This is the perfect cocktail sauce recipe! Easy to make and tastes great!
Aug 29, 2008
coctailgirl 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
Aug 15, 2008
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.