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Bowl of seafood sauce with poached shrimp.

Seafood Comeback Sauce

Delicious all-purpose seafood sauce or as a sauce for lots of other foods.
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword comeback sauce, seafood comeback sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 216kcal
Author Joe


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp prepared horseradish like Silver Spring brand
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 2 tsp minced shallot
  • 2 tsp minced capers
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest (zest 1/2 of lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Mix all ingredients in a quart sized bowl and cover and refrigerate for 1 hour for flavors to meld.
  • To make things easier...place the shallot, capers, garlic, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce into a small food processor, like the Kitchen Aid one that I use, (affiliate link above the recipe card). Pulse 5 or 6 times to mince the vegetables. Mix with the remaining ingredients.


  1. Use less horseradish if you are sensitive to spicy foods. Taste and adjust.
  2. Substitute 1/4 cup of Heinz Chili sauce for 1/4 cup of the ketchup if desired.
  3. Recipe adapted from Food and Wine magazine.


Calories: 216kcal