Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe

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how to make shrimp cocktail sauce recipe

Shrimp cocktail dipping sauce is a spicy red sauce that’s most commonly served alongside cooked chilled cocktail shrimp.  People love to dip shrimps in the shrimp cocktail sauce – spicy shrimp dip and the shrimp itself go so well together!

In addition to being paired with shrimp, shrimp cocktail sauce is also excellent with fish.  It’s not just for dipping – you can serve shrimp cocktail sauce on top or on the side of fish.  I often serve it with simple white fish or salmon fishcakes, and those fish dishes taste great with this shrimp sauce.

Shrimp cocktail sauce doesn’t have shrimp as the sauce ingredient :)  In fact, shrimp cocktail sauce recipe has just two ingredients – ketchup and horseradish!  You can buy bottled shrimp cocktail sauce in the same isle where they sell ketchup and mustard, or you can make your own homemade shrimp dip in less than a minute by mixing ketchup and horseradish!

For this shrimp cocktail sauce, you can use either purple or white horseradish.  Regardless of what kind of horseradish you use, the taste will be the same.  The only difference is the color – the shrimp dip with the purple horseradish will have purple tint, while the shrimp sauce with the white horseradish will look more like regular ketchup.

Shrimp Cocktail Dipping Sauce Recipe

Preparation time: 1 minute

Shrimp Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp horseradish

Instructions How To Make Shrimp Sauce

  • Mix ketchup and horseradish in a bowl.
  • If you’d like to make the shrimp sauce more spicy, add more horseradish.

That’s all there is to making shrimp cocktail dipping sauce – that’s the easiest recipe ever!  Now, thaw shrimp (cooked, large, tail on shrimp is the best for this) and you have an instant party hit!

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