Cocktail Sauce

Cooking Your Catch Series: Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce is a tradition that goes back to the earliest tradition in our family.  All ingredients for this simple recipe are easily obtainable at your local grocery store.  The two main components are Ketchup and Horseradish; you can vary this recipe with both ingredients and brands. After cooking your catch, this simple seafood sauce recipe is quickly whipped up to the liking of your taste buds.  The spicier flavor can be obtained by merely adding more horseradish or hot sauce.  As with most recipes, the fresher, the better. The beauty of a cocktail sauce is the base is ketchup and horseradish.  Whatever you add beyond those two ingredients is to your liking and taste.  Kids might like more tomato base and less radish, while adults will probably like a little more heat and spice added with Tabasco or other components. I offer at least two varieties of this cocktail mixture when we have company and then leave a couple of hot sauces for diners to add to their liking.
  • Ketchup
  • Horseradish
  • Hot Sauce (Tabasco or other brands)
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Lemon or Lime
Don’t stress about portions, remember that many people just like ketchup and the rest is there for added flavor.  Our family loves spicy food with lots of kick, so we lay in loads of radish and plenty of hot sauce, your guest may like it differently. Add cocktail sauce to your many seafood recipes including oysters, fried fish, and broiled seafood.  An alternative to cocktail is tartar sauce that will be included later on Cooking Your Catch by Lagooner Fishing Guides.

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