Easiest Ever Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail Sauce Recipe Go Gingham

Ever run out of something and had to improvise only to learn what you made tastes better than store bought? That happened to us recently. Getting ready for an evening with friends, we needed cocktail sauce for our avocado and lobster appetizer dish. Out of cocktail sauce, we stirred up something tasty.

It couldn’t be easier and I promise you that once you make this yourself, you won’t go back to store bought.

Cocktail sauce ingredients Go Gingham

It literally takes less than 5 minutes but you’ll need to have Old Bay Seasoning on hand. If you don’t have any and love seafood, find it at the market. Anyone who’s ever picked crab on the east coast knows what I’m talking about here. (Yes, my husband loves Old Bay – and these other spices.)

Easiest Ever Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Sara Tetreault
Prep time:
Total time:
Tasty and easy this is ready in minutes!
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, organic
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon horse radish
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning and horse radish.
  3. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
Serving size: 1 Tablespoon
This makes a quick and easy sauce for seafood but french fries would be tasty in here, too!

The appetizer has avocado slices at the bottom of a small glass, then layered with lobster tail picked and shredded up. It’s a tasty way to have a few bites of lobster (or crab). It’s perfect for appetizers but also makes a fancy start to a special family dinner. Prepare the lobster (or crab) early in the day and spoon the cocktail sauce on just before serving. Super easy – but very fancy!

Have you ever made your own cocktail sauce? What’s your favorite sauce to make at home?

Go Gingham related links:

Tasty and tangy barbeque sauce – another family favorite!
Sour cream and chipotle sauce – the perfect addition to beans and rice
Beet salad recipe – More ways to cook with horse radish!