Three critical ingredients come together to make a really good cocktail sauce. Horseradish, pure chile powder and fresh lemon juice. Don’t use supermarket chili powder – it’s a mix of random ingredients. Splurge on a fresh jar of horseradish. It’s totally worth it. Try this – you’ll never use bottled cocktail sauce again. Serve it with¬†foolproof shrimp cocktail.

classic cocktail sauce
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: american
Serves: 1 cup
  • 1 cup good tomato ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp pure chili powder - e.g New Mexican Red or Ancho
  • ⅓ tsp salt
  • ⅓ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
  1. Combine all ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Fresh prepared horseradish makes all the difference in this cocktail sauce. It's worth buying a new jar if the one at hand has been in the refrigerator for a while.


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