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Healthy Tomato Ketchup Recipe

Last updated on September 5th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

You can make your own Healthy Tomato Ketchup Recipe in just 15 minutes and with a few store cupboard ingredients. Still all the flavour you know and love from ketchup, but lower in salt and sugar (refined sugar free), and much cheaper too! Even better is that you can make your own flavoured ketchup – spicy ketchup anyone?

Tomato Ketchup Recipe

I think we can all agree that we love sauce. Open up anyone’s fridge (I am not the only one that likes looking in other people’s fridge am I?) and even if there is no actual food in there, you can bet that the inside door is filled with sauces. Ketchup, mayo, mustards, chutneys – you name it.

Sauce might be one of my biggest downfalls and Dave always used to joke that by the time I had finished adding sauces to my meal, he was nearly finished eating. I have got a lot better now, but I would still happily add chilli sauce to everything. My love of sauce led me to start making them myself, so I could control exactly what went in to it.

Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup is usually the first sauce that people reach for to cover their burger or hotdog, or to dip their chips in to. It’s bursting with all that tomato goodness, nice and sweet and kids would happily bathe in the stuff. I know it’s convenient to just pick up a bottle off the shelf, but did you know that it is SO easy to make your own at home?! Also, making it yourself reduces the amount of plastic you are buying.

I bet that you probably already have most, if not all, of the ingredients to make this homemade ketchup and you can whip it up in just 15 minutes. Either serve it up in a nice jar, or put it in to an old bottle of ketchup so the kids will never know.

Healthy Tomato Ketchup

I don’t need to tell you that store bought sauces are full of weird ingredients. We used just a pinch of sea salt in this recipe (but you could leave it out completely, and it’s refined sugar free as we used honey – but you could swap that for maple syrup to keep this vegan. By making your own homemade ketchup, you can control exactly what goes in to it and don’t need to stress over your kids wanting it with every meal.

This tomato ketchup recipe has enough honey to give it a tough of sweetness, but it is not overly sweet. We have made this recipe at least 30 times now (our 2 year old LOVES it) and we think this recipe is pretty perfect (as do a lot of you from the feedback we have gotten), but feel free to adjust the sweetness if you want it more or less sweet.

Flavoured Ketchup

I have never really understood why flavoured ketchup isn’t a think. I mean, standard ketchup is pretty awesome, but it could be a base for something even more awesome. We usually add a different flavour to our homemade ketchup each time and love coming up with different flavoured ketchups.

We have done a garlic heavy version (with both garlic granules and fresh garlic), a chilli version with either a splash of chilli sauce or some chipotle paste, one with some Mexican seasoning mixed in and even a curried version with a sprinkle of curry powder.

Can You Use Fresh Tomatoes?

Yes, you could use chopped up fresh tomatoes, but this would make it a fresh sauce and it wouldn’t have as long a shelf life. You would only be able to keep it in the fridge for about 3 days. Using fresh tomatoes also gives it a bit more of a salsa taste, rather than a ketchup.

We made ours with passata, as that is what we had on hand, but you could use a couple of cans of plum tomatoes and mash them down whilst cooking. You would then need to blend it, and maybe even sieve it, to get the desired ketchup consistency.

Tomato Ketchup Without Sugar

Whilst we used honey instead of refined sugar, honey is still sugar. If you want to make this sauce without any sugar, then you can of course leave it out, but it will taste like something is missing. We have only used a little bit of honey and we find that a little goes a long way.

What To Serve Homemade Tomato Ketchup With

I mean, it has to be burgers doesn’t it? This homemade ketchup goes perfectly smothered on our Hidden Vegetable Beef Burgers or our Mexican Bean Burgers. If hotdogs are more your thing, then why not put some on our Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs. If you are looking for something to dip in this sauce, then it has to be our Garlic Potato Wedges.

How To Store Homemade Tomato Ketchup

How to store ketchup often causes arguments in households. Some insist it is kept in the fridge and others keep it in the fridge. With this homemade ketchup we recommend keeping it in the fridge in a sterilised bottle and it will keep there for about 2 weeks for maximum freshness, but we usually finish ours WAY before that.

How To Make This Tomato Ketchup Recipe – Step by Step:

One: Put all of the ingredients in to a pan and mix well. Gently simmer for 15 minutes. Two: Serve with homemade fries.

Other Sauce Recipes To Try:

Healthy BBQ Sauce Creamy Peppercorn Sauce Restaurant Style Salsa Perfect Peanut Sauce Healthy Ranch Dressing Homemade Caramel Sauce

Some extra tips for this Tomato Ketchup Recipe:

  1. You can make this ketchup vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup. You could also not sweeten it at all, but a little sweetness goes a long way in this recipe.

  2. This recipe will keep in a sterilised bottle in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

  3. Fancy a flavours ketchup? Try adding some curry powder, chilli powder or even some roasted garlic to the recipe.Do you want to be kept up to date on more delicious posts like this? Please subscribe to the blog mailing list (it takes 30 seconds). Click here to sign up.

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Healthy Tomato Ketchup

Ketchup is usually the first sauce that people reach for to cover their burger or hot dog, and we have a lower sugar and salt Healthy Tomato Ketchup for you that is really easy to make at home.

Prep Time2 mins

Cook Time15 mins

Total Time17 mins

Course: Sauce/Spread

Cuisine: British

Keyword: catsup recipe, healthy ketchup, homemade ketchup, ketchup recipe

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 19kcal

Author: Dannii

Ingredients

  1. 125 ml Passata

  2. 6 tbsp Tomato puree

  3. 60 ml Water

  4. 60 ml Apple cider vinegar (you can use white wine vinegar)

  5. 2 tbsp Honey

  6. 1 tsp Onion powder

  7. 0.5 tsp Garlic powder

  8. 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper

UK measures - US measures

Instructions

Put all the ingredients in a pan and mix well. On a medium heat, simmer for 15 minutes.

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Notes

  1. You can make this ketchup vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup. You could also not sweeten it at all, but a little sweetness goes a long way in this recipe.

  2. This recipe will keep in a sterilised bottle in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

  3. Fancy a flavours ketchup? Try adding some curry powder, chilli powder or even some roasted garlic to the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg

This post was originally published on 30th May 2016 and updated on 6th May 2019.

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