seafood essentials: classic cocktail sauce

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

There are a lot of “designer” cocktail sauces out there… I have posted one or two myself. If you look at the ingredient list you will find things like sugars, corn syrup, corn starch, molasses, and other unpronounceable ingredients called “stabilizers” that keep it fresh while it sits on the store shelf, day-after-day, week-after-week, month-after-month. Dip a shrimp into this classic sauce and experience the crisp taste of fresh horseradish merging with the tang of fresh lemon juice, as they blend perfectly with your shrimp or other seafood. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For seafood essentials: classic cocktail sauce

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • 1/2 c
    ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    prepared horseradish
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    salt, kosher variety, or to taste

How To Make seafood essentials: classic cocktail sauce

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    You will need a mixing bowl to make it and a non-reactive jar to store it in.
  • 3
    Storage Of Homemade Condiments, Spices, and Sauces Because homemade spices and condiments do not contain any preservatives, it is important to store them properly. Non-reactive (glass) containers with tight-fitting lids are a must. If I am making a dry spice, I love to use old spice bottles that I have run through the dishwasher. If I am doing homemade sauces, I love using Weck jars. They are all glass, come in all sizes and shapes, and have excellent leakproof lids. If you shop online, you can go to Amazon, and type in “Weck Jars” and you will find a ton of them. Dry spices should be kept in a cool space, away from sunlight (spice cabinet), and sauces, in most cases, should be stored in the fridge. If properly stored, this sauce should last 6 - 8 weeks.
  • 4
    Ketchup Regular ketchups have a lot of sugar in them, so I would recommend one without it. If you would like to try your hand at making your own, check this one out: Okay, this may seem like a lot of time to spend on making ketchup; however, the time spent is well worth the flavor you get on the other side. Plus, since you’re making it from scratch, you can vary the ingredients to suit the occasion. https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/other-sauce-spread/versatile-homemade-ketchup.html?r=3
  • 5
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 6
    Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  • 7
    Whisk until combined
  • 8
    Place into a proper storage container and refrigerate until needed.
  • 9
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • So Yummy
    10
    This sauce is not just for shrimp, you can use it on other seafood with excellent results. Enjoy.
  • Stud Muffin
    11
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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