How to Make Cocktail Sauce

You might have made some fried shrimp, or even have made some simple boiled shrimp. You may wonder how to make cocktail sauce. It is very easy to prepare your own homemade sauce, you really don’t need to buy this from the store.

shrimp and cocktail sauce in a martini glass

One of my long-standing objectives with CopyKat Recipes is to replace recipes you would normally get out of the home. I really try to make as many things from scratch as I can. I love to make my own taco seasoning.

I recently bought some fantastic Texas Gulf Shrimp. I wanted some cocktail sauce to go with it. I wanted to make up a fresh batch of cocktail sauce.

Making homemade cocktail sauce is very easy to do. You only need a few simple ingredients. You will need some ketchup, Chili sauce, prepared horseradish, and some Worcestershire sauce. Some folks ask me what chili sauce is, it is a tomato-based sauce. You can find this in the grocery store right next to the cocktail sauce.

I like to use Chili Sauce in chili, it is great for 5-way chili or even cocktail sauce. It doesn’t add a lot of heat, but what it does add is some sweet, slightly spicy flavor. If you haven’t tried this I would definitely recommend you giving this recipe a try.

If you like you can make this more spicy by adding a bit of horseradish. This is a great way to get a bit more heat. So if you like it a bit hotter be sure to add a little more horseradish.

I hope you enjoy making this homemade cocktail sauce the next time you want to serve cocktail sauce. In the meantime, be sure to check out these other copycat pantry favorites, you can save money by making many common products at home.

shrimp cocktail

How to Make Cocktail Sauce

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail sauce, How to Make Cocktail Sauce
Servings: 10
Calories: 58kcal


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Allow the flavors to marry for about an hour before serving. This will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week.


Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Terry

    BIG BIG MISTAKE that Hoffman House Shrimp Cocktail Sauce is no longer available. It was #1 in the world just check the reviews !

  2. Sue

    I’ve used Hoffman House for 50 years and am so bummed that it is no longer made. I want to try this recipe and get it as close to HH as possible. BUT, what kind of horseradish should I use? Prepared red (hard to find), prepared white )not the sauce) or something else?

  3. Debbie L Arvio

    I love Hoffmann’s shrimp sauce. Is this anything like it?
    If not do you have a copy cat of it?
    Thank you,

      • Sally Inglett

        Me too, just realized that I can’t get it in stores. I was still able to find it earlier this year and had I known I would have just bought it all up.

  4. Dale Guthrie

    Is this recipe comparable to Ken’s Cocktail Sauce? It is the ONLY sauce my guests enjoy and is for some reason no longer available. My annual party is coming up & I an at a total loss as to wether to skip the shrimp or try making my own. Thanks

  5. Shawn Roberts

    I had a general idea on how to make cocktail sauce but you gave me the one ingredient I was missing the chilli sauce thanks a lot taste great.

  6. Tatyana

    I would like to try this cocktail sauce and I want to print out,
    but for some reason it would not let me do it.
    Does anyone knows why?

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