Serve this easy two-ingredient low carb cocktail sauce with fresh shrimp for a zingy appetizer! Sugar free and keto friendly recipe.
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The average commercially-bought cocktail sauce can be surprisingly high in carbohydrates. You're just dipping shrimp into a spicy sauce at a party – how bad can it be? Well, if you load each shrimp up with sauce like I love to do, those hidden carbs are going to add up. I've checked out the carbs in cocktail sauce from store bought options and most weigh in at around 5g net carbs PER TABLESPOON. Ingredients typically include water, sugar (or high fructose corn syrup), tomato paste, vinegar, horseradish, salt, corn starch, onion, spices, soybean oil and more.
So my very simple two-ingredient recipes uses prepared horseradish (the version I use from my local grocery delivery company is made from horseradish roots, vinegar, salt and mustard oil, with 0g net carbs per serving of 1 teaspoon) and low carb tomato ketchup (I love both Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup (1g net carbs per tablespoon) and Walden Farms Ketchup (0g net carbs per tablespoon – but on this occasion I used the G Hughes Ketchup (1g net carb per tablespoon) which you can buy from Netrition or Amazon).
As I'm sure you can work out, if you find a zero carb horseradish and use a zero carb ketchup, well, then, the carb count is going to be, well, zero!
How to Make Low Carb Cocktail Sauce
To make the sauce, simply mix the two ingredients together.
For about 1lb of shrimp to serve four as an appetizer, I estimate you need around half a cup of ketchup. Start by adding one teaspoon of horseradish, do a taste test, and add more if needed. You shouldn't need any salt or pepper for this recipe.
And remember, even if you finished ALL the sauce on your own (mwahahaaaaa!) – that would either work out as zero net carbs or 8g net carbs, depending on which ketchup you use!
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Low Carb Cocktail Sauce
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- Mix the two ingredients together. Start by adding one teaspoon of horseradish, test for heat strength, and add more horseradish if needed.
- Store in the fridge until required. Perfect with shrimp!