Easy Cocktail Sauce Recipe With Chili Sauce

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There’s nothing quite like a platter of fresh seafood and a vibrant, flavorful cocktail sauce to complete the picture. While store-bought varieties can get the job done, there’s something undeniably special about a homemade sauce. This recipe delivers a classic cocktail sauce base with a touch of heat from chili sauce, creating a delicious dip that complements shrimp, crab legs, oysters, and more.


Spicy Cocktail Sauce
Spicy Cocktail Sauce

1 cup ketchup

  • ½ cup prepared horseradish (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce (adjust for desired spice level)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish (optional, for extra bite)
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce (optional, for extra heat)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed (optional)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Pinch of smoked paprika (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, prepared horseradish, lemon juice, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and any additional spices you choose to use.
    2. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings to your preference. You may need to add more horseradish, lemon juice, or chili sauce depending on your desired level of tang, heat, and sweetness.
    3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
    4. Serve chilled with seafood of your choice.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, about 2 tablespoons):

    Calories: 30

  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 1g

  • Conclusion:

    This homemade cocktail sauce is a breeze to whip up and delivers big on flavor. With its perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy, it’s sure to become a crowd-pleaser at your next gathering. Feel free to experiment with the spice level by adding more or less chili sauce and hot sauce. For a smoky twist, add a dash of smoked paprika.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I substitute bottled lemon juice for fresh lemon juice?

    In a pinch, you can use bottled lemon juice, but fresh lemon juice will deliver a brighter, more vibrant flavor.

    2. How long will this cocktail sauce stay fresh?

    Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, your homemade cocktail sauce will stay fresh for up to a week.

    3. Can I freeze this cocktail sauce?

    Yes, you can freeze leftover cocktail sauce for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

    4. What if I don’t have prepared horseradish?

    You can use fresh horseradish root, grated finely. Start with a teaspoon and add more to taste, keeping in mind that fresh horseradish is much stronger than prepared horseradish.

    5. What other types of seafood can I use with this cocktail sauce?

    This cocktail sauce is delicious with a variety of seafood, including scallops, calamari, and even cooked fish sticks for the kids!