Making your own cocktail sauce is so easy. It’ll save you time and money buying the sweet stuff in the store that never tastes as good as restaurant-style cocktail sauce. That spicy kick and sweet harmony are so heavenly with sautéed garlic shrimp!
As soon as I was old enough to drive, I used to frequent a local restaurant chain for their steak meal deal that came with a shrimp cocktail appetizer. Tried it once, and then avoided it. Until someone I know started dipping fries in it. It’s a spicy ketchup that I totally developed a craving for!
And then I started dipping my shrimp. Maybe I just needed to try it in a different way. Who knows. I love the heat of the horseradish.
I bought two different brands of store-bought cocktail sauce, and both were super sweet, like a ketchup with really small chunks of horseradish. Not impressed. So it couldn’t be that hard right?
It isn’t! Just ketchup, horseradish spread and a little lemon juice. That’s it.
Ground horseradish makes a hotter (and better) cocktail sauce if you like the spicy kick. I do. But there isn’t much use for it at my house, so I just keep the spread on hand.
Sautéed garlic shrimp makes such a fast and impressive appetizer for your cozy little get-togethers, and leaves a lot of time for catching up with your friends.
I don’t know about you but anything with shrimp just seems a little more upscale but it only takes a few minutes to cook.
Can you think of anything better to enjoy while you spend time with a few close friends? Well, maybe a little vino and some dessert, but both of those are easily accomplished when your appetizers take about 10 minutes! These garlic shrimp can even be dinner all by yourself – I won’t tell!