No longer available since the start of the Pandemic — A low-sodium seafood cocktail sauce at Trader Joe’s

Note: This product has been dropped by Trader Joe’s during the Pandemic. This post was written long before Covid hit us. #ShameonTraderJoes

Shrimp is one great food I can still eat. The days of telling people with heart problems to avoid shell fish seem to be past, at least among the nutritionists I’ve seen.

But normally shrimp gets dipped in cocktail sauce to add some flavor. Cocktail sauce is, you guessed it, high in sodium, however.

Trader Joe's sells a seafood cocktail sauce that's low in sodium.
Trader Joe’s sells a seafood cocktail sauce that’s low in sodium.

A tablespoon of traditional Trader Joe’s Shrimp Cocktail Sauce has 155 mgs of sodium, for example. Others I’ve seen are much higher, too high for me to eat them.

So I was happy to find another Trader Joe’s product, called its Seafood Cocktail Sauce. The seafood sauce, which includes horseradish, has only 10 mgs of sodium per teaspoon. At three teaspoons to the tablespoon, that means it has 30 mgs per tablespoon, 125 less than other shrimp cocktail sauce.

Trader Joe's seafood Cocktail Sauce has only 10 mgs of sodium per teaspoon.
Trader Joe’s seafood Cocktail Sauce has only 10 mgs of sodium per teaspoon.

The product definitely tastes different than other cocktail sauces I’ve had over the years. The lack of salt seems to have been compensated for with more of a hot pepper flavoring. So don’t expect the taste you were accustomed too with the salty versions.

But it is nice to have something to put on shrimp to add a little flavor, so this is a product I’d buy again.


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  1. Fast forward to 2021….better check that label again, John.

    T.J.’s Seafood Cocktail is now ‘440mg’ per 1/4 cup.

    That along with their organic mayo, salsa autentica and who knows,what else ….has WAY too much sodium ! Back to the store 😦 to return !!!!

    or, can you say ‘Trader Stroke’.

    1. Yes the low-sodium version hasn’t been available since the pandemic started. When I inquired about it, I was told TJs is searching for a new vendor who can make the low-sodium version. I’m not hopeful.

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