Looking for the best yet healthy substitute for ketchup? Here are some great options for you to choose from as you make a meatloaf or want to serve some healthy ketchup substitute for fries! These recipes are quick and easy to make, ready for use in less than an hour.
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 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– ½ tsp 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 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 size 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 tbsp 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 tsp ground ginger
– 2 tsp dried parsley
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp cayenne pepper (for spicier version)
– salt and pepper to taste
Step by Step Instruction
Step 1 – fry the onions
Add the olive oil to a preheated saucepan and let your onions fry on a 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 minutes, then pour in the canned tomatoes with the liquid. Add honey (or sugar), apple cider vinegar, salt. At this stage you can adjust the sugar levels. Stir the mixture and bring 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 a 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 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. Immersion blender work just as well and required less dishes! Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Healthy Substitute for Ketchup: Tips and Tricks
– 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 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 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 homemade healthy substitute for ketchup then you can control what exactly goes into it. You can even use sweeteners like coconut sugar that makes your sauce completely sugar free.
What are the Secret Spices in Ketchup?
There are no secrets when it comes to ketchup. Some people just have different degree of dedication when it comes to making the best healthy ketchup substitute for home. You can find dozens if not hundreds of recipes online that call for different spices, different methods, and different cook times for homemade ketchup!
Some go so far that it becomes more expensive and time consuming to make your own ketchup at home than buy it in a store. You can find recipes that include onions, allspice, coriander, cumin, garlic, cloves, celery, ginger, cinnamon, mustard, and other spices.
How to Make Tomato Free Healthy Substitute for Ketchup?
You can totally make tomato free ketchup (although it seems that ketchup’s identity is found in tomatoes, it is not true). Here is a recipe that calls for carrots and beetroot instead of tomatoes for a tomato free homemade ketchup!
How to Make Mayonnaise at Home?
Check out this easy mayo recipe to learn how to make delicious mayonnaise at home in less than 5 minutes!
Ketchup vs Tomato Sauce
Ketchup has way more spices and a sour ingredient like vinegar where tomato sauce is much simpler on the side of spices, needs some sort of meat or vegetable stock, and is always served hot, while ketchup is served cold.
Although the two might sound like the same thing, they are in fact very different and are used for different purposes. While I can imagine eating a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce, it is a whole different story when it comes to ketchup!
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 tomato paste (can use tomato puree)
- ½ tbsp honey (adjustable to taste)
- 1½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp paprika (smoked or not smoked)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp 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.