This delicious seafood sauce recipe is my go-to for any seafood boil. It's a super easy recipe to whip up and I always have the ingredients handy at any time!
I tend to keep a container of this in the refrigerator on a regular basis during crawfish season here in Louisiana.
Seafood is often boiled during that time, but this delightful dipping sauce is so good with virtually anything! Even just French fries or fried chicken, the kids love it!
They say it's one of the best parts of a seafood boil.
- Thousand Island Dressing
- Hot Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Lemon Juice
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Creole Seasoning
See recipe card below for ingredient amounts.
- Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a medium mixing bowl.
- Step 2: Mix well using a wire whisk and serve next to some lemon wedges.
Hint: Make sure to sprinkle the seasoning over the wet ingredients. If you put it in in a pile, then it can clump up and be hard to mix.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Horseradish - if you take away the mayonnaise and add horseradish you'll have more of a shrimp cocktail sauce.
- Spicy- the quantities in this recipe will not give you a very spicy sauce. It has a slight bite to it, which kids can handle. If you like more heat though feel free to add more hot sauce or even some red pepper flakes.
- Garlic Cloves - Add some minced garlic for another flavor dimension.
- Soy Sauce - You could use soy sauce in place of the Worcestershire sauce for the umami flavor (salty flavors).
- Old Bay Seasoning - try using this seasoning instead of the Creole type. You may need to add some Cayenne for more power.
- Olive Oil - If you like a thinner seafood sauce you could try adding some olive oil to thin it out.
- Black Pepper - for a little more spice.
- White Wine - some people like to add a teaspoon or two.
- Chili Powder - for added heat, not too much though if you like a milder sauce. Or use Chili Sauce.
- Lemon Pepper - for added flavor.
- Brown Sugar - A little sweet molasses type flavor.
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The only equipment you'll need for this recipe is a mixing bowl, a medium bowl will hold it, or if you want to get wild with your whisk use a large bowl - and naturally you'll need a whisk.
Add this easy seafood sauce to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. It will be good for up to 3 days.
Mayonnaise typically doesn't hold up to freezing, it affects the texture and becomes a bit weird and separated.
There are a few varieties. Some seafood sauces are more tomatoey - like a cocktail sauce. The seafood sauce recipe I have in this post is for a Cajun inspired dip that is paired with a seafood boil. It has a mayonnaise as the main base ingredient that is spiced up.
It's a prepackaged sauce that you can buy in some stores. It has rich, buttery flavor and is heavy on the spices. It pairs well with seafood.
I usually have two types in my home. I have Tabasco sauce which I LOVE on my eggs. Then I have Louisiana Hot Sauce which I love to use in pretty much everything else! Crystal is another good sauce from Louisiana.
If you don't have Creole Seasoning handy, you could use a regular seasoning blend (like Season All) and add some cayenne pepper. I actually like to make my own homemade version of Creole Seasoning - see the recipe here. It is made with simple ingredients I bet you have in your spice drawer.
I use it for any seafood boil recipes (e.g. crab legs) or fried seafood. Here's a list of my favorite seafood recipes that come to mind:
Awesome seafood dishes to pair with this sauce
- Fried Crab Claws
- Boiled Crawfish
- Fried Catfish Nuggets
- Oyster Po'Boy
- Cajun Fish Fry
- Fried Crawfish Poboy
- Redfish Tacos
Expert Tip: If you have a variety of guests who like their seafood sauce from being no heat to super spicy rather make it with no heat and offer hot sauce for those with a spicy palate to up the spice level of their seafood dip on their plate.
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- 2 Cups Mayonnaise
- ½ Cup Ketchup
- ½ Cup Thousand Island Dressing
- 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
- Juice of ½ Lemon
- 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
- Add all the ingredients to a medium mixing bowl.
- Mix well with a whisk and serve.
It's best to sprinkle the seasonings, it can clump up when it hits the wet ingredients.
Adjust the hot sauce quantity to suit your needs. For this seafood sauce recipe it is not really spicy, as we have kids, but feel free to add more if you like it hotter.
See below an easy way to peel crawfish!
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Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 380Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 30gCholesterol 22mgSodium 855mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 1g