This simple homemade Ketchup recipe is not only healthier than its store-bought competition, but it is also so much more addictively delicious as you can control the exact amount of sugar, salt and spices added to the sweet tomato blend.
I could write an ode to tomato ketchup – it’s the condiment that we all need in our lives, even if it doesn’t appear in most food photos (it’s just not super glamorous is it?). It’s a guilty pleasure that I like to add to so many dishes, though! And this simple homemade ketchup recipe is one of my favorite DIYs for allowing you to be 100% in control of the ingredients.
Store-bought ketchup is known for having quite a lot of sugar and salt in it and, for people that consume it a lot, I know that it can be a worry not to have control over the ingredients. What’s worse is that the sugar used within some budget store-bought bottles of ketchup is often not even ‘sugar’ and instead use high fructose corn syrup – yuck.
This recipe isn’t sugar-free, because I think that ketchup needs the sweetness to counteract the acidity of tomatoes and provide that signature ketchup taste. Without sugar, you’re basically making a slightly less reduced homemade tomato puree/tomato sauce, which – if that’s what you want – then I’m all for that.
Just be aware that if you do want to use a natural sweetener like maple syrup, this will affect the overall flavor of your homemade ketchup.
Overall, that’s one of my favorite things about being able to make homemade ketchup though; you can be in control of exactly how much sugar, salt, and spices you add to the mix. For either more healthy ketchup or one that’s slightly more decadent.
I even make mine COMPLETELY from scratch, using juicy organic fresh tomatoes (rather than using store-bought homemade tomato paste), because I find a sense of calm of being 100% in control of every single ingredient used in this homemade organic ketchup.
However, if you do want to cut a few steps from this DIY, then feel free to use some store-bought tomato paste. Either way, the ingredients list for this tomato ketchup DIY is short, sweet, and to the point. The answer to how to make ketchup at home is definitely a simple one.
Where To Use This Homemade Ketchup
Okay, this section feels slightly redundant because I know that we’re all experts in how to use ketchup on pretty much everything ever. I’m definitely not one to judge what you’re eating your ketchup with – just make some additional suggestions for you.
- One of my absolute favorite ways to eat this ketchup is with homemade crispy oven-baked fries. Sometimes classics are classic for a reason, and this is one of my absolute favorite ways to eat ketchup. I sometimes even chuck on some cheeky homemade mayonnaise too because – why not? And I sometimes even add it to these Rosemary Garlic Crispy Roasted Potatoes.
- These Rainbow Vegan Tacos or meat-free tacos: 4 ways recipes could definitely use a spoonful or two of some ketchup – yummy
- I totally wouldn’t judge you for having some homemade ketchup with this Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese – It’s not something I’ve ever tried, but one of my friends swears by ketchup with ANY pasta dish.
- And let’s not forget the other classic combo of delicious tomato ketchup with a burger. And this time I’m suggesting this fully-loaded Mushroom Bun Burger (easily veganized without having a fried egg!)
If you’re wanting some ideas for how to use this homemade ketchup recipe with vegetarian options:
- This Ricotta & Spinach ‘tarte soleil’ pie has wonderfully flaky pastry that goes so well dipped in some homemade ketchup
- I also think that ketchup is just a great combination with egg dishes, in general. So you might like some with these bite-sized breakfast tacos, or inside these Savoury Kale Waffle Cones.
- And these cauliflower crust mini pizzas are great with some condiments, so grab the tomato ketchup and mayo and enjoy!
Let me know in the comments below – what is your favorite way to eat ketchup?
How to Make Ketchup At Home
The short answer is – really simply. But I know that’s not going to cut it so here is the full method for making your own delicious homemade ketchup recipe. The entire recipe uses nine ingredients, not including salt and the majority of those are herbs/spices that are likely already in your kitchen.
The entire process takes around an hour and will yield 1.5 cups of homemade ketchup. The homemade ketchup can then be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for one month (although mine never lasts that long).
The Ketchup ingredients
- tomatoes – cherry or others (I used organic)
- apple cider vinegar – this adds a bit of sour flavor
- brown sugar – this brings sweetness (some people use maple syrup for a refined sugar-free version. However, I have to admit I prefer the taste with brown sugar)
- a clove bud and ground cinnamon
- onion and garlic powder
- celery seeds, chili powder (or cayenne pepper powder), and salt
How to make ketchup
Start by washing the tomatoes and removing their stems.
Add the tomatoes to a large bowl and blend them (I used Organic Cherry Stem Tomatoes) with a handheld immersion blender. You could also do this in a food processor.
Pass them through a sieve to remove the seeds and chunks of the skin. This yielded 3.5 cups of tomato juice for me.
Add the tomatoes into a large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil. Then simmer and reduce for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add all the other ingredients and stir well. The spices and flavors combine to give you that signature tomato ketchup flavor.
Note: If you are using ready-made tomato paste, you can start at this step, as it does not need to be reduced.
Keep over medium heat for another 8-10 minutes and cook, stirring occasionally.
When you achieve a consistency you like, remove from the heat.
Leave it to cool down then transfer to an airtight container or bottle and keep refrigerated. That’s literally all it takes to make delicious homemade ketchup – so you can see why I’m so enamored.
For me, this recipe yielded 1.5 cups of homemade ketchup.
Other Simple DIY Recipes You Might Like
It feels wrong to label myself the DIY queen – but I’ve certainly spent A LOT of time over the past couple of years making a massive array of DIYs. From DIY virgin coconut oil to this health-boosting wonder turmeric tincture, and even organic rose water. I even make non-food DIYS like this All-Natural Soothing Skin Balm for Dry Skin.
I have a few pages of DIYs available on the blog (including nut & seed butter, every possible use for a coconut ever -or so it feels-, and more) so feel free to head over to that section if you want to peruse more.
If you try this homemade ketchup recipe, then I’d super appreciate a recipe rating, and any comments or questions. Also, feel free to tag me in your re-creations @AlphaFoodie.
Simple Homemade Ketchup
- 6 cups tomatoes I used organic cherry vine tomatoes
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 whole clove bud
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp celery seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp chilli powder or cayenne powder
- Wash the tomatoes and remove their stems.
- Add the tomatoes to a large bowl and blend them with a handheld immersion blender. You could also do this in a food processor.
- Pass them through a sieve to remove the seeds and chunks of the skin. This yielded 3.5 cups of tomato juice for me.
- Add the tomatoes into a large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil to reduce them for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Add all the other ingredients and stir well. The spices and flavours combine to give you that signature tomato ketchup flavour.*
- Keep over medium heat for another 8-10 minutes and cook, stirring occasionally. When you achieve a consistency you like, remove from the heat.
- Leave it to cool down then transfer to an airtight container or bottle and keep refrigerated for up to a month.
- some people use maple syrup for a refined sugar-free version. However, I have to admit I prefer the taste with brown sugar as it does affect the flavor.
- * If you are using ready-made tomato paste, you can start at this step, as it does not need to be reduced. Just use 1.5 cups of tomato paste.