Since we became “empty nesters” several years ago, it’s amazing how fast all of our condiments expire. I’m always looking at dates on bottles and wondering why we haven’t eaten green olives, Ranch Dressing or cocktail sauce since 2014. Even the backup bottles and jars we’ve bought and stored in the cupboard are way out of code. I’ve slowly learned to make sauces to avoid this frustration. Cocktail sauce is one of these.
I found the recipe long ago and it’s very simple. Usually I just eyeball the ingredients as I dump them into a bowl and mix. But I did measure them the first few times, so my eyeballs now have experience with the recipe. And it also depends on if I’m just making enough for one meal for myself. Then I eyeball it smaller. Heh.
Let’s assume I’m making it for two. I pour about a cup of ketchup (I prefer Heinz) into a small container. I add 1/4 cup of chili sauce from a bottle, also Heinz. I do have a recipe for chili sauce but more often use the bottled kind.
Finally I pour in the lemon juice, Worcestershire and a teaspoon of ground horseradish. I prefer the ground kind you buy in the dairy department, not the creamy sauce that has so little flavor. It’s the horseradish that makes the cocktail sauce!
I stir well and my cocktail sauce is ready! I like to dip my cold, cooked shrimp into the sauce and eat it as part of a meal. I usually have some leftover and store it in the fridge in a small container to use when I eat the other half of the shrimp.
It’s a simple recipe and I can have cocktail sauce without having to figure out if it expired 3 years ago! It’s also handy during the holidays when I make our must-have artificial krab dip. I posted that recipe as bloody brains a few years ago for a Halloween party.
Cocktail Sauce for Shrimp
Make cocktail sauce yourself for a quick shrimp dip!
- 1 cup ketchup (I prefer the texture of Heinz)
- 1/4 cup chili sauce (again I prefer Heinz)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground horseradish
Mix well and refrigerate until used.