There is nothing more delicious than the lightly sweet tang of a Homemade Cocktail Sauce to dip Boiled Shrimp into. Or, enjoy this quick and easy recipe with Fried Cod Fish Sticks for a low carb snack or meal.

Homemade Cocktail Sauce on a serving tray with shrimp in the background

Sauces make the food we eat have an added layer of flavor. Making your own Homemade Cocktail Sauce will allow you to do so without the expense of buying premade cocktail sauces (which is SO expensive!).

A perfect sauce for dipping

This Homemade Cocktail Sauce takes less than 5 minutes to mix together. I love the fact that it is easy to adjust to your tastes also. It is also the perfect dipping sauce for a shrimp cocktail!

Horseradish is an ingredient that can have a little bite to it, so I usually adjust this according to Grumpy’s tastes. I like a little more, where he likes a little less.

overhead view of homemade cocktail sauce

In any case, this Homemade Cocktail Sauce will come in handy for plenty of your dipping sauce needs. We don’t save it just for seafood. I also will dip chicken tenders in it!

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What you need to make a homemade Cocktail Sauce

Ketchup or tomato sauce: I prefer to use ketchup because it is thicker. I buy sugar-free ketchup. However, I plan to make my own homemade ketchup this year!

Prepared Horseradish: If you don’t already make your own horseradish, you can buy it.

Lemon Juice: I like to squeeze my own lemons, however, if fresh lemons aren’t readily available to you then bottled lemon juice works just as well.

Worcestershire Sauce: read the ingredients and be sure it is acceptable to you if you are following the keto diet. I don’t have a problem with a small amount of this.

Powdered Monkfruit (Optional): many kinds of ketchup have sugar in them and people are used to a sweeter sauce. If you don’t mind less sweet, then leave out the monkfruit. But, it does blend the flavors together nicely when you use it.

Make this recipe your own

Just like anything else, it is easy to adapt a recipe to fit your own tastes. Below are a few ideas you may consider.

  • Add another level of heat and flavor by sprinkling a few dashes of hot sauce or some red pepper flakes in the cocktail sauce.
  • Stir in a tablespoon of mayonnaise for a creamy cocktail sauce.
  • Use an equal amount of this Homemade Pasta Sauce recipe for the ketchup and eliminate the sweetener.
  • Add a touch of fresh minced ginger to the sauce.

Other Sauce Recipes you may like

Thousand Island Salad Dressing is Grumpy’s favorite salad dressing. We also like to eat this on burgers and will use it to dip cooked shrimp, french fries and chicken tenders in.

Homemade Tartar Sauce is our other go-to dipping sauce. Normally we will use this on Fried Codfish Sticks.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Homemade Pasta Sauce is our go-to spaghetti sauce for these Air Fryer Meatballs with ground venison. You can also use it in place of pizza sauce, in lasagna recipes, and more!

Homemade Basil Pesto is the best pesto to consume! Store-bought pestos may be tasty, but they are costly. You can make your own for a lot less. One of our favorite ways to enjoy this pesto is on this Heirloom Tomato Pizza.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookies

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce, this is a sweet but sugar-free recipe. It is excellent in these Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookies, but it also goes great alongside a serving of Grilled Fireman’s Chicken!

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Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Shelby Law Ruttan
A delicious zesty homemade cocktail sauce recipe perfect for dipping all your seafood favorites!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Plant Based Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 4 kcal



  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and monkfruit (if using).
  • Stir to combine well. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.



Serving: 1gCalories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 141mgSugar: 1g
Keyword Homemade Cocktail Sauce Recipe
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Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

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  1. […] This Boiled Shrimp is cooked with a vinegar, water, and Old Bay solution. The old bay seasoning is infused into the shrimp making it perfect to eat on its own or to serve with a homemade shrimp cocktail sauce. […]

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