Ketchup Substitute In Recipes (Super Easy)

Healthy substitute for ketchup

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?

Healthy Substitute for Ketchup Ingredients

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 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.

healthy ketchup substitute process

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.

Healthy Substitute for Ketchup.

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 a spicier version)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

Expert Tips

– 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.

What’s Next?

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.

Healthy Substitute for Ketchup.

The Best Healthy Substitute for Ketchup

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Learn how to make this easy ketchup substitute for cooking!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 64 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 glass jar

Ingredients
  

  • 250 grams (1 cup) tomato paste (can use tomato puree)
  • ½ tbsp honey (adjustable to taste)
  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Video

Notes

– 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 14.7gProtein: 2.9gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 62mgPotassium: 653mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 10gCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg
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