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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.
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4 from 4 votes

classic cocktail sauce

Making classic cocktail sauce is super easy. And it's better than anything you can buy. Just like they serve at those fancy steak houses.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup good tomato ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish - get a new bottle. That old bottle in the back of the fridge will kill this recipe...
  • 1 tsp pure chili powder - e.g New Mexican Red or Ancho
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or more to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

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.