The Best Cocktail Sauce Recipe (No Horseradish Required)

This cocktail sauce recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, and it’s incredibly easy to make at home. Best of all, it doesn’t require any horseradish, so if you’re not a fan of the pungent root vegetable, this is the recipe for you. Give it a try the next time you’re hosting friends for cocktails or whipping up a shrimp dish for dinner. Trust me, they’ll be impressed!

1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

The perfect homemade cocktail sauce is both smooth and slightly spicy, with just the right amount of zing to complement the flavors of shrimp or crab. While many store-bought sauces rely on horseradish for heat, it can be easily omitted without sacrificing flavor.

So how do you make a homemade cocktail sauce without horseradish? Start by combining ketchup, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and hot sauce in a bowl. Then, add a splash of Tabasco or another favorite hot sauce. If the sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little bit of water. Finally, taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. within minutes, you’ll have a delicious homemade cocktail sauce that’s sure to be a hit at your next party.