Looking for a healthy substitute for ketchup? Here are some great options for you to choose from as you make a meatloaf or want to serve some ketchup substitute for fries! If you like making your own sauces, check out my 1-minute mayonnaise or this extensive list of homemade savory sauces.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- this homemade ketchup is healthy and easy to make
- the ketchup substitute for cooking takes 5 minutes to make
- it is way cheaper to make your own ketchup than buy it in a store
- you control the sugar level of your homemade ketchup
- no plastic waste as you can store your ketchup substitute in a glass jar
What are the Main Ingredients in Ketchup?
Makes about 1 cup of Healthy Substitute for Ketchup
- 250 grams tomato paste
- ½ tbsp honey
- 1 ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- a pinch of ground cloves
- salt to taste
Watch How to Make a Healthy Substitute for Ketchup!
This recipe is perfect for cooking with a healthy ketchup substitute. If you would like to use your ketchup as a side condiment for fries, then read the instructions later in the post!
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1 - mix all the ingredients
In a medium-sized bowl mix all your ingredients, taste, and adjust sugar/salt levels to taste.
STEP 2 - strain and enjoy!
You can strain your ketchup to get a glossier look or just enjoy it as is! Store your healthy substitute for ketchup in a glass just in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Another Way to Make a Tasty Ketchup
If you want to use your ketchup raw with some french fries or as a sauce for a burger, then you will need to take just a few more steps in preparing your delicious condiment!
Ingredients for Homemade Ketchup Sauce for Chips
- 1 medium onion
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- Olive oil for frying (about 1 tbsp)
- 1 can of whole tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 tbsp honey (can use sugar as well) – might need more if you like your ketchup sweeter
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (for a spicier version)
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1 – fry the onions
Add the olive oil to a preheated saucepan and let your onions fry on low-medium heat for a few minutes until translucent and slightly brown.
Step 2 – add garlic and spices
Add minced garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and parsley, and fry for 1 minute.
Step 3 – add tomatoes
Add your tomato paste to the pot and fry for a couple of minutes, then pour in the canned tomatoes with the liquid. Add honey (or sugar), apple cider vinegar, and salt. At this stage, you can adjust the sugar levels. Stir the mixture and bring it to a simmer.
Step 4 – simmer for 20 minutes
Let your tomato mixture simmer on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes until you see that it reduced to the desired consistency. Mix occasionally to prevent burning. Add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste!
Step 5 (optional) - blending/straining
You can strain your ketchup or blend it for a smoother texture. Any blender will work, if you are using a standing blender then make sure you cover the top with the lid and blend little batches at a time because the ketchup is hot. The immersion blender works just as well and required fewer dishes! Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
- if you want your ketchup less thick then just add some water to get the desired consistency
- adjust the ketchup flavor by adding more sugar to it
- add some BBQ sauce for an extra flavor
- you can make fermented ketchup by adding a few tablespoons of brine from fermented veggies like pickles or sour kraut!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will Homemade Ketchup Last?
Homemade ketchup or a healthy substitute for ketchup will keep for 1 month in the fridge stored in a closed jar or container. You can freeze your homemade ketchup in an airtight container for up to 6 months!
How to Make a Healthy Substitute for Ketchup with Fresh Tomatoes?
Wondering how to make ketchup without tomato paste? You can use fresh tomatoes! It will take you about 1 ½ hours. There are plenty of great recipes out there you can try, for example, this homemade ketchup recipe.
Is Ketchup Healthy?
Well, if you make it yourself, then it definitely can be! Store-bought ketchup is full of sugar and additives, so if you make a homemade healthy substitute for ketchup then you can control what exactly goes into it. You can even use sweeteners like coconut sugar that make your sauce sugar-free.
Have you made this healthy ketchup substitute at home? I would love to know how you liked it! Please share your experience and questions in the comments below.
The Best Healthy Substitute for Ketchup
- 1 small mixing bowl
- 1 whisk
- 1 glass jar
- 250 grams (1 cup) tomato paste (can use tomato puree)
- ½ tablespoon honey (adjustable to taste)
- 1½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon paprika (smoked or not smoked)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 pinch of ground cloves
- salt to taste
- In a medium size bowl mix all your ingredients, taste and adjust sugar/salt levels to taste.
- You can strain your ketchup to get a glossier look or just enjoy it as is! Store your healthy substitute for ketchup in a glass just in the fridge for up to 1 month.