Basil Ginger Shrimp Sauce (Cocktail Sauce)

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One of my fave 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 just before adding them to the electric skillet.

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

How is it that I can remember ingredients my grandmother used in recipes all those years ago but I can’t remember a password that I set a week ago to save my life.

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

The hardest part about making shrimp sauce with these 2 main ingredients is finding where they are in the grocery store.

I think chili sauce was one of the top ten grocery items people would ask me directions for when I worked in the grocery store.

In this recipe the fresh basil and ginger add a wonderful flavor that tastes delicious with the shrimp.

So let’s check out the ingredients.

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

Here’s how to make it:


In a small bowl, add the chili sauce.


Mince the peeled ginger.


Add the ginger to the bowl.


Chop the basil into small pieces and add to the bowl.


Next, add the horseradish,


….and the juice from a quarter of a lemon to the bowl.


Stir and serve as a dipping sauce for boiled shrimp….makes a delicious appetizer.


Cocktail sauce is a great recipe to make ahead of time and lasts nicely in fridge.



Here are some more delish appetizer recipes:

Won ton cheese bites
Chili bacon nachos
Pico de gallo

Basil Ginger Shrimp Sauce (Cocktail Sauce)

Yield: Serves 2


½ cup chili sauce
½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon prepared grated horseradish (or to taste)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
1 quarter of a lemon


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 lasts nicely in the refrigerator.

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2 Responses to “Basil Ginger Shrimp Sauce (Cocktail Sauce)”

  1. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 3, 2013 @ 10:35 pm (#

    Me and some shrimp with this sauce = one happening party! Thanks!


    • Nancy — August 3rd, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

      Hi Pamela, thank you for stopping by!


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