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Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

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I have four bottles of cocktail sauce that I purchased at a cheap price. I bought so many because I thought my daughter could use them. I was wrong, she doesn't want them. My husband and I use them when we have shrimp, but that is not that often. I can't return them, I threw away the receipt. Does anyone have any ideas how they can be used? Thank you.

By Mike from NE PA / USA


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By ChloeA [10]09/19/2010

It's a delicious add-in to tuna salad, or as a sauce for any kind of fish.

By Christine [2]09/15/2010

It is delicious with sausages; makes a nice change from HP or Ketchup.

By Anonymous [848]09/15/2010

It's tasty as a stand alone dip for veggies like celery and jicama too. :-)

By Colleen Stuchal [4]09/15/2010

Mix one bottle with 32 oz of grape jelly, heat slowly over low heat until melted, throw in some cocktail wienies or small meatballs and heat through, great appetizer or party snack.

By Candi09/15/2010

Place an 8 ounce block of cream cheese on a plate top with cocktail sauce and then place a small can of crab meat on top Serve with your favorite crackers. Always a hit.

By dede smith [17]09/14/2010

I use a can of shrimp, the kind you find next to canned tuna at the grocery store, and add it to a thing of cream cheese. Make it into a ball and spread the cocktail sauce over it. Dip with Ritz crackers, yumminess!

By Stephanie09/13/2010

Cocktail sauce is basically ketchup with more spice to it. you can use it for fries or hamburgers, or any kind of fish besides shrimp. My hubby likes it with tilapia!

By patricia [1]09/13/2010

Add to nacho chips and cheese, warm in microwave or oven.
Add to meatloaf recipes.
Add to cream cheese and make dip.
Make sweet n sour sauce by adding orange marmalade or sweet juices and bake on pork or beef.


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I send in tips quite frequently and now I am on the other end and am asking for your help.

I have in my possession 2 bottles of shrimp cocktail sauce, but it will not be used for shrimp nor any other type of seafood. Might any one out there have a suggestion as to how I may use the sauce rather than throw it out? Thanking you in advance for any info you can offer me.


RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

You could put it on burgers in place of ketchup if you eat meat. Or use it to dip french fries in. I love it it with french fries. You can also use it as a dip for veggies. (06/11/2004)

By Dan

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

I've made a sauce for sweet and sour meatballs by melting together a bottle of chili sauce and one of grape jelly. Sounds weird, tastes great! I'll bet this would work, too., P.S. I like cocktail sauce on fish sticks. You could give it to food bank. (06/11/2004)

By Linda

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

You can use cocktail sauce to make a great dip for veggies and/or chips. Just add it to cream cheese which has been brought to room temperature. You may choose to add some finely chopped onion or finely chopped dried beef, or both to make a heartier dip or spread.

If all else fails, give it to a fish-loving friend, or trade it to her or him for catsup or something you do like. Don't throw it away. Best regards, (06/14/2004)

By Julia

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce is often basically just a mix of ketchup (or tomato sauce and sweetener) and horseradish. I often add a bit of horseradish to sloppy joes, taco meat, chili, BBQ meats, and bean casseroles. I think I've added cocktail sauce to all of them at some time or another.

Cocktail sauce can also be used in homemade salad dressings that call for ketchup. It will just have a bit more zip than usual.

Mix cocktail sauce with shredded cheese, finely chopped onion, green pepper, and a bit of mayo and use as a filling for celery sticks, in dried beef roll-ups, as a spread on tea sandwiches, and in tortilla wraps that you slice into pinwheels for appetizers. (06/14/2004)

By Coleen

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Give it to a foodbank to use in a basket to feed the needy during the holidays. (06/14/2004)

By Joanne

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

If you like Bloody Mary, or Virgin Mary cocktails, I add a little cocktail sauce to mine to give it a little zing. (06/14/2004)

By Jackie S.

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Mix it into your meat mixture for meatballs or meatloaf. I use up the last little bit in a bottle of almost any condiment for this purpose! (06/21/2004)

By Becki in IN

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

It's also a great dipping sauce for chicken nuggets (or, in my case, the no-meat kind!). (01/04/2005)

By JustMe

RE: Alternative Uses for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Use it as a sauce for the little wieners at parties. Mix with one jar of grape jelly. Let the hot dogs simmer. (05/28/2007)

By MandyLou

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