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Substitutes for Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce has a very distinctive taste, and is almost always served with fish dishes. But unfortunately, cocktail sauce is typically loaded with salt, making it extremely dangerous in the development of cardiovascular disease. The next time you serve fish in your home, skip the cocktail sauce and choose one of the healthier items described below.


Salsa is a great alternative to cocktail sauce. Unlike cocktail sauce, which is typically loaded with sodium and other additives guaranteed to make your blood pressure increase, salsa (when made properly) can actually be quite healthy for you. Salsa typically contains tons of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables which are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which have been found to be effective in the treatment and prevention of a variety of chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some cancers. When choosing a healthy salsa, look no further than your own kitchen. Salsa is an extremely easy item to make, and using your own recipe will guarantee that you can limit the amount of salt that is added. Combine crushed tomatoes (either fresh or canned) with your choice of peppers, onions, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. You'll be guaranteed a delicious salsa that makes a great alternative to cocktail sauce, and is much healthier for you, too!

Barbecue Sauce

Of the three items described in this guide, barbecue sauce is probably the one that most closely resembles (and tastes like) cocktail sauce. Its similar tangy flavor is closely related to that of cocktail sauce, however it is a bit on the thicker side. The great thing about using barbecue sauce as an alternative to cocktail sauce is that there are so many different styles of barbecue sauce currently being made. No matter if you like your sauce scorching hot or simply like a milder tang, you can find a product that suits your needs. While you can make your own barbecue sauce, it is a little more difficult than making homemade salsa. In this case, the easier method is to simply purchase a "healthy" type of barbecue sauce--this means one that is low in added salt and preservatives. Make sure to read the label closely to find the sauce that is best for you.

Pasta Sauce

Like salsa, pasta sauce makes a great alternative to cocktail sauce because it is loaded with tomatoes. While you can easily purchase canned pasta sauce at your local grocery store, you can also make it at home with little trouble. Like the other two items described above, this allows you greater control over what goes into your product, making it healthier and lower in added fat and calories. If you do choose pasta sauce that is pre-made, try to find one with little added sodium and preservatives. Often, pasta sauce contains high amounts of salt.

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