Seafood dipping sauce recipes – Picture this. You have a huge bowl of large steamed shrimp but why stick to the bottled shrimp cocktail sauce? Why not set out an assortment of dipping sauces to cover a variety of flavors?
We just celebrated two February birthdays featuring two favorite dishes: shrimp cocktails as an appetizer and rib roast as the main course.
The appetizer request inspired me to create a collection of seafood dipping sauce recipes starting with an Italian flavored dipping sauce.
And… it does not include any horseradish! You can make it as spicy as you want but use red pepper flakes instead.
You’ll find the tiny containers of dried herbs tucked away next to the assorted fresh herbs in the produce section of the supermarket.
Mind you, the zesty part of the Cross & Blackwell® sauce means that they added garlic, vinegar, and chili peppers to their regular seafood sauce.
Barely visible on the label is the fine print stating that they also added extra ground horseradish!
Let it be known that if you ever want to kick it up a seafood sauce by several notches, add creamed horseradish.
No idea why but it makes regular horseradish taste tame.
You could begin this sauce with a base of favorite regular cocktail sauce from Old Bay® the #1 best seller, Heinz®, McCormick®, Bookbinder’s® and even Cross & Blackwell’s®.
Kraft® makes a seafood cocktail sauce I have never tried because Heinz® is the regular bottled sauce we use and “tweak” to preferred taste.
I decided to use Simply Heinz® ketchup as the base for this sauce.
Why? Because it has only 4 grams of sugar in it and does not contain high fructose corn syrup.
It is officially party time so I need to get the seafood dipping sauce another taste test before I set it on the table.
We had a mountain of shrimp spread out on a 19 inch platter with no room to add the selection of dipping sauces! So we arranged the dipping sauces on separate trays.
By the way, if you come across any Il Mulino platters, grab them. They are SO handy!