Monday, August 30, 2010

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Several weeks ago my husband and I ventured to Costco for various items that we needed. As with our trips to this giant warehouse store, I always find things that were not on my mental list, but I must have. I tend to always pick up in the refrigerated section, lump crab meat that is already packaged. It is produced from Chicken of the Sea and is a 16 oz. vacuumed sealed package of jumbo lump pasteurized crab meat. It has a long shelf life and tastes like it was picked the day before. So incredibly sweet and no fishy taste.

Typically I always purchase the cocktail sauce from the grocery store and it tastes great. I thought I would challenge myself to create my very own cocktail sauce. After quite a bit of research, I found the ingredients and determined my allotments of measurements. I tasted it and then added a bit more of a few items. The outcome was virtually the exact tasting sauce that came from the jar. We watched “Real Housewives of D.C.” that was on TiVo, while enjoying this decadent treat.

Dungeness Crab with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail Sauce

½ C. Heinz Chili Sauce
1/3 C. Ketchup
1 T. Horseradish Sauce
2 t. Worcestershire Sauce
¼ t. Salt
1 T. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ t. Cayenne pepper

Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and stir together. Let sit for about 1 hour in the refrigerator prior to serving.

Use fresh or Jumbo Lump Pasteurized Crab Meat (16 oz.) from Chicken of the Sea.

Simply place as much crab meat as desired on each serving dish and spoon on top the homemade cocktail sauce. Garnish with chives. Enjoy.


  1. Congrats on making your own cocktail sauce, Lisa. I've never actually made it myself. I bet it was great with all that crab, yum!

    Beautiful photo! :-)

  2. olala! This looks great! Love Crab!

  3. YUM! I'll have to look for this the next time I'm in Costco. And the horseradish is key - but I've learned to add a little at a time because you never know how hot its going to be :)

  4. Thanks for sharing, I've had that crab in my hands before but wasn't sure if it was good! I will have to try your sauce, I'm hungry now!

  5. I know exactly how dangerous/wonderful Costco can be! I was just thinking about searching for a cocktail sauce recipe to make shrimp cocktail! We'll have to check Costco for crab tomorrow when we're there!

    Erin @ EKat's

  6. I LOVE crab but generally, it's so much work for such little meat! I'm so glad you were able to find some bagged that tastes fresh. I'll have to keep an eye out for this!

  7. I just adore crab...and cocktail sauce! I have always wanted to try my hand at making my I have a great recipe to look to. Thanks for sharing love!

  8. this looks like a great appetizer!! yumms. the sauce looks delicious to me!!

    Have a fabulous week!!
    jen @

  9. Crab is a favorite in my house, and this sounds great. The jumbo lump variety is irresistible.

  10. Costco gets me every's impossible to walk out without any impulse buys! I've got a can of crab in the fridge...I think it will be dinner tonight.


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