Carolina Cocktail Sauce

As much as I enjoy a traditional cocktail sauce with my (darned good) deep-fried shrimp, I’ll take a twist on the classic any ole time. This Carolina cocktail sauce is fantastic, the perfect dipping sauce for my shrimp. In many ways it’s like the ‘usual’ yummy cocktail sauce, but the addition of vinegar makes for a really subtle but delicious difference. This is really great stuff.
Carolina Cocktail Sauce

I didn’t used to care for horseradish in anything, let alone cocktail sauce. But somehow I’ve come to enjoy it more and more. So much so that I actually added a bit more to this Carolina cocktail sauce than the recipe calls for. If you love it too, add more. If not, it’s going to be great with a little less. Just don’t skimp on the vinegar. That’s what makes this sauce different and very, very good.

This cocktail sauce is perfect for dipping my crispy fried shrimp.

Carolina Cocktail Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 1/2 cups
Author Inspired by a recipe from The Cooking Channel


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons or more Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Whisk together the ketchup, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice and vinegar.
  • Add hot sauce to taste, stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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