This basil and ginger shrimp cocktail sauce looks and tastes fancy but only takes 5 minutes to make.

Basil Ginger Cocktail Sauce with Shrimp

One of my favorite holiday appetizers at my grandmother’s house was shrimp with cocktail sauce.

I used to hang out with her in the kitchen when I was little and can vividly remember how she made things.

The ingredients she used as well as her hands are etched in my mind.

As I write this what comes to mind are her fingers coated in flour as she dipped each piece of chicken in flour as she made Fried Chicken.

It’s so interesting how some things stick in your mind and other things don’t.

The shrimp cocktail sauce she made always stuck with me because it had just 2 ingredients, chili sauce and horseradish.

About the Ingredients

In this recipe I used chili sauce, horseradish, fresh basil and ginger which adds a unique flavor that tastes delicious with shrimp.

The hardest part about making shrimp sauce is finding where the chili sauce and horseradish are in the grocery store.

Both the chili sauce and horseradish are generally located on the same aisle as the ketchup and mustard are.

Here are more recipes with shrimp you may like “Mango and Orange Honey Walnut Shrimp“, “Shrimp and Fried Rice” and “Grilled Shrimp with Browned Butter and Rice“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Basil Ginger Cocktail Sauce ingredients

Chili sauce, prepared horseradish, fresh ginger, fresh basil, and fresh lemon juice

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Add chili sauce in bowl

In a small bowl, add chili sauce.

Dice peeled ginger on cutting board

Peel and mince the ginger root.

Add diced ginger to chili sauce in bowl

To the bowl, add the ginger root…

Add chopped basil in bowl

and chopped basil.

Add horseradish in bowl

Next, add horseradish,

Add lemon juice in bowl

…and the juice from a quarter of a lemon.

Stir Shrimp Cocktail Sauce in bowl

Stir and serve as a dipping sauce for boiled shrimp as an appetizer, side dish or very light meal.

Basil Ginger Cocktail Sauce with Shrimp

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Basil Ginger Cocktail Sauce with Shrimp

Cocktail sauce is a great recipe to make ahead of time and lasts nicely in the refrigerator for a few days.

Basil Ginger Cocktail Sauce with Shrimp

Dig in and enjoy.

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Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Basil and Ginger Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

This basil and ginger shrimp cocktail sauce looks and tastes fancy but only takes 5 minutes to make.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon prepared grated horseradish or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 quarter of a lemon

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add the chili sauce, ginger, basil, horseradish, and juice from a quarter of a lemon. 
  • Stir and serve as a dipping sauce for boiled shrimp (shrimp cocktail). Cocktail sauce is a great recipe to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
  • Serve at room temperature or chilled.