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Simply Spicy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Do not waste your money on those bottled or jarred cocktail sauces at the store. You never know what they will taste like. They can be bland, too spicy, too tangy, or too sweet. Making your own shrimp cocktail sauce makes better sense. You can control each facet of flavor that goes into it so it will please your entire family. It is easy to learn how to make shrimp cocktail sauce. With a few special ingredients, you will have one in minutes that you would be pleased to serve to anyone. Serve it to special guests, at formal occasions and holidays. Shrimp is available year round so it makes an excellent holiday dish to serve your friends and family.

You can find a lot of shrimp cocktail sauce recipes in books and online, but this one is really delicious. You have the tasty tomatoes that provide the bulk of the sauce. The chili sauce and horseradish give the sauce its kick and some depth. The sugar tempers the acidity of the tomatoes just enough, while the salt and pepper just bring the sauce its finishing notes. Once you taste this sauce, you will never want to buy bottled sauce again. You can keep some in your fridge to use whenever you want.

This sauce even brings out the best in ready to eat cooked shrimp, but for the best flavor, please use one of our recipes for making shrimp from scratch. Cooking your own raw shrimp really makes a huge flavor difference, especially if you can find wild shrimp at the market. This recipe will quickly become one that everyone will beg you to bring to potlucks and gatherings. You will never have to suffer with bland shrimp cocktail appetizers ever again. Try this recipe on a test run and see for yourself. It is so good you may find yourself making it several days in a row.

How to Make Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Summary: This wonderful cocktail sauce is rich and creamy. As well as the cream cheese and sour cream, it boasts garlic and Worcestershire sauce for a great tang.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dip Recipe
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
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  • 1 (14-½ ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup prepared chili sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons prepared horseradish (or more if you like it really spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 grinds fresh black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • hot sauce (optional)
  1. Place the tomatoes, chili sauce, horseradish, pepper, salt, and sugar in a food processor and blend until the sauce is smooth.
  2. Add hot sauce if you choose to use it, and blend a little longer.
  3. Place the sauce in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to serve.
For a wonderful appetizer for this recipe see our appetizer recipe section for our: Shrimp Cocktail Platter recipe.

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This simple and spicy shrimp cocktail sauce recipe will excite your palate. The horseradish really gives it a nice kick. Serve it with our Spicy Brined Shrimp and garnish it with parsley and a slice of lime. This dish goes with any party theme; serve it with Mexican food, tropical food, or traditional family favorites. It even tastes great all by itself. This delicious appetizer will please young and old, so make sure you make enough for everyone. The platter will be completely empty in the blink of an eye.

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