Shrimp Cocktail Recipe with the Best Sauce Recipe.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe with the Best Sauce Recipe

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe with the Best Sauce Recipe.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe with the Best Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe with the Best Sauce

Laura MarianoLaura Mariano
Impress your guests with this homemade shrimp cocktail recipe. Learn how to make the best oven-baked shrimp and spicy cocktail sauce in just 15 minutes. This is much better than the store bought shrimp ring.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people as an appetizer
Calories 143 kcal


Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoons of prepared horseradish, or add to taste
  • 1/2 cup light chili sauce, we love Heinz
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Grilled Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges, to serve (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds raw shrimp, 16-20 ct., peeled and tail removed


  • Defrost the shrimp according to the instructions on the package, then rinse them under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place the shrimp on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir the mixture, then arrange the shrimp in a single layer.
  • Bake at 450°F for 8-10 minutes or until shrimp are pink and cooked through. If they remain on the hot baking sheet, they can overcook.
  • Combine all cocktail sauce ingredients, adding horseradish and hot sauce to taste (add more if you like cocktail sauce with a spicy flavour, and less if you prefer a lighter sauce). Cover the sauce and shrimp and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight. Her feet are cold.


If you are using prawns smaller than 18-25 numbers, roast for 6-7 minutes
Keyword shrimp cocktail
Laura Mariano

Written by Laura Mariano

Laura Mariano is a food blogger who founded Recipes By to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Spain, Laura was inspired by exquisite dishes prepared using simple ingredients. Laura Mariano is particularly known for making anyone can cook.


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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this quick and easy recipe. Absolutely delicious. The sauce is outstanding.
    As suggested by one of the comments I used some of the sauce to put over cream cheese. It went great with crackers.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve only ever seen prepared horseradish sauce in a bottle on the condiment aisle of my grocery store. What brand horseradish sauce do you use found in the refrigerator section?

  3. 5 stars
    I really love all of your recipes and I trust that they will come out great. I made the shrimp and cocktail sauce exactly the way your recipe says for Christmas day appetizer for 20 people and it was a hit!! Thank you so much.

  4. 5 stars
    Always boiled my shrimp for cocktail. After trying this…never again!! Shrimp retained their shrimp taste and were not gummy. Thank you for this delicious recipe. They were a hit last night on New Year’s Eve with the family.

  5. 5 stars
    The shrimp was delicious…couldn’t stop eating them. Wasn’t a big fan of the cocktail sauce but I usually don’t like that kinda stuff anyway. I just made my go-to sauce with ketchup, mayo and tobasco. In hindsight I should have just added mayo to your sauce and made it creamier. Will try that next time. Thank you for all your recipes….luv them!

  6. 5 stars
    This cocktail sauce is amazing! I used to just use just horseradish and catsup but no more!! It was a hit and my sister got to take what was left of the sauce (we ran out of shrimp) home and you’d think she just got the best gift of the evening by her reaction. I’m new to this site and so happy I found it. My twin sister lead me here and you are her go to for all things food!
    Thank you

  7. 5 stars
    I really do not like being taken to ‘PUBLIC’ when I click on a recipe in your emails, Natasha. I want to be taken to YOUR WEBSITE, where the recipe is. ‘PUBLIC’ is just another completely USELESS ‘social media’ website that I do NOT want to be directed to. Please STOP sending us to there! I, for one, want to go to YOUR WEBSITE, and that is it!

  8. 5 stars
    Holy cow! This is the easiest, tastiest shrimp cocktail I have ever made! I can’t wait to serve it as a Thanksgiving appetizer tomorrow…if we don’t devour it before then!

  9. 5 stars
    This sauce was amazing! I wish I would have made more shrimp since I had some sauce leftover and nothing left to dip! The roasted shrimp was also great, but that sauce oh I’m excited to make it again!

  10. 5 stars
    I accidentally left my freezer door open a crack and the only casualties were the shrimp. Tried this and it is by far the best cocktail sauce I’ve ever tasted and I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas where cocktail sauce is plentiful. Thanks for this. Linda

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