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Cocktail Sauce

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What is it?

Most famously served with shrimp for shrimp cocktail, classic cocktail sauce is a mix of ketchup and prepared horseradish. Often given a squeeze of lemon and a hit of hot pepper sauce, it is a brightly flavored condiment for all kinds of seafood. Chiles, spices, onion, garlic, and lemon zest, and other flavorings may also be added depending on the recipe. You can buy prepared cocktail sauce (it’s often sold near the fish counter), but it’s easy to make yourself.

How to choose:

If buying bottled cocktail sauce, look for fresh and natural ingredients.

How to prep:

To make your own cocktail sauce, add 2 Tbs. prepared horseradish and a squeeze of lemon to 1 cup of ketchup. Season with black pepper and a few drops hot pepper sauce. Taste and adjust the amounts to suit your taste.

How to store:

Keep cocktail sauce refrigerated. It will last for a week or so covered.


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