Dipping a shrimp into a bowl of cocktail sauce on a white platter with shrimp.

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup (4 servings) 1x


This easy cocktail sauce is so much better than store-bought and prepared with staple ingredients.  You’ll never want bottled sauce again!



  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. Place in a container and cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


  • Feel free to adjust the ingredients to your personal taste!
  • Store for up to 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Do not re-use sauce that shrimp (or other foods) have been dipped into.  This is best served within 2 days of preparing.
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade cocktail sauce, shrimp cocktail sauce