I love shrimp cocktail! I made it at an heirloom party the other week and people went a little nuts for it! It is so classic and simple. Barefoot Contessa has a really good recipe where she grills her shrimp, this is awesome, but feel free to use already cooked shrimp from a reliable source. You probably want to use a shrimp that is 26/30 shrimp which means there is about 26-30 a pound. Whether you grill it or use the ones already cooked, this cocktail sauce will be great. A good reason to make your own cocktail sauce is because some of the store bought ones are down right gross and filled with narly ingredients! 🙂 Feel free to adjust all the ratios in this recipe.
2 cups good quality organic ketchup ( I like Trader Joes)
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (lots of recipe call for worcestershire sauce, but sadly this has high fructose corn syrup so I do not use it, but feel free to use it if you like)
juice of one lemon
2-4 tablespoons chile oil (use your own spicy discretion)
2-4 tablespoons grated horseradish (use your own spicy discretion once again)
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley if desired