Easy Homemade Ketchup (sugar free)

Did you know that most ketchup has high fructose corn syrup and hidden MSG in it? This Easy Homemade Ketchup Recipe is sugar free, has no corn syrup and can be made super fast. Great for those on special diets and costs way less than the health food store brands.

Since we’ve been on a candida diet, I’ve worked hard and remade some of our favorite foods into sugar-free alternatives.  We’ve ended up with some great recipes like my Homemade Chocolate Chips, Dairy-free Ice Cream, Homemade Jello, Gummy Candy, and Homemade Marshmallows.

Ketchup, typically being loaded with high fructose corn syrup, is one of those foods that needed a redo.

My family LOVES ketchup.

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Well, truth is, my boys and I love ketchup. Hubby is more of a mustard and hot sauce fan.

Over the years I’ve tried to make homemade ketchup a number of times, but I’ve always fallen short.

Either the recipe was “off” or it just took way too much time to replicate and keep on hand.

One of the recipes I tried was so loaded with oil that it has a thick solid layer on it after I stored it in the fridge.


Why I Need Easy Ketchup

And if you’ve ever perused homemade ketchup recipes on the internet, then you know what I mean by them taking “too much time.”

The majority of ketchup recipes have you blending tomatoes or tomato paste with a bunch of spices and then simmering for a looooong time (and sometimes you have to put the spices in a little spice bag and simmer that way. If I can avoid things like “little spice bags” and still get a good product, then I am all for it.  That’s just the life of a busy whole foodie mama, you know?  I love good food but  a “loads-of-time-on-my-hands-gourmand” I am not.)

Since I don’t often have a looooong time to wait when I am throwing dinner together, or worse yet, I remember at the last minute that we’re going to a potluck and my kids are going to be eating hotdogs (our own natural ones, of course), I need simple recipes like this.

I mean, my kids are really fine eating the hotdogs plain because they are already a treat, but if they can have ketchup and mustard on them they they are thrilled!

Why I Need Homemade Ketchup

I am not thrilled with the ingredients in store-bought ketchup. Even the organic varieties have loads of sugar in them and since we are all on a super-low-to-no-sugar diet, that doesn’t work for us.

Plus, store-bought ketchup often has “natural flavors” added.  That can be a catch-all for very benign food items like parsley extract, but it can also be code for “MSG-type” substances.  It’s kind of a pain to always be calling companies to ask what their flavors are so I prefer to make my own :).

With this super simple ketchup recipe you can literally toss all the ingredients together within a minute or two and have homemade sugar-free ketchup ready –almost as quick as you can say “ketchup” or “catsup” or–whatever.  (Did you know that both words are derived from the Chinese word “ke-tsiap” which is a “fish sauce?  Look at that–a recipe and a linguistic lesson in one post :)!)

On with the ketchup…

The inspiration for this recipe came from this recipe at Deep Roots at Home.

I was on my perpetual hunt for a good easy ketchup recipe when I finally found one that worked pretty well.

I changed it up a bit and now we can have ketchup any time we want!

Did you know that most ketchup has high fructose corn syrup and hidden MSG in it? This Easy Homemade Ketchup Recipe is sugar free, has no corn syrup and can be made super fast. Great for those on special diets and costs way less than the health food store brands.

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Homemade ketchup in a flash.

My kids are sooo happy that we have ketchup around more frequently now. My youngest dips EVERYTHING in it.  For awhile he was taking to dipping his carrot sticks in it and today he was dipping crackers in it too!

Who am I kidding?  I was dipping right along with him :).

We have a cookout later this week so you can bet we’ll be toting this ketchup with us.

My son thinks these Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets should be on the menu this week so we can dip the nuggets in ketchup :).

NOTE:  I use a variety of low to no-glycemic index sweeteners.  Use what works for you. I’ll update in a post soon, hopefully.  Any food-grade vegetable glycerine is fine if you wish to try it. Mountain Rose Herbs also has a good quality option.

Also, if you don’t have tomato paste but have tomato sauce, just use that and omit the water. It will be a little different but likely very close!

Other Processed Food Alternatives:

Powdered Sugar Substitute
Homemade Chocolate Chips
Homemade Marshmallows
Our Favorite Salad Dressing – Five Ways

 Are you a ketchup or mustard fan?  Or both?

Shared at Diet, Dessert, N Dogs, Skip to My Lou, The Better Mom, Real Food Forager, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Time Warp Wife, Intentionally Domestic, Growing Home, Not Just a Housewife, Nap Time Creations,  and The Prairie Homestead.


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  1. Deborah says:

    How do you measure 1/64th a teaspoon of stevia? Looks like a great recipe!!

  2. 2/3 water? how much is that? 2/3 cup I guess? Thanks for this, I’m going to try it today, but wanted to get the measurements right.

  3. What is the measurement for the water? Two thirds of a what?

  4. What are onion and garlic granules? Never heard of them!

  5. This sounds absolutely wonderful! Even more so, thanks to Twitter I found your blog… I love the way you write! You got a new follower =0)

  6. Can’t say I’ve ever seen garlic or onion “granules”. Can you elaborate on how they are difference from the powder or dried minced forms?

  7. Thanks. This is great. I was going to ask if you also had a good recipe for mayo, but then I thought to myself, you might already have one, and, yes,you do. I’ll have to try both and see what my family thinks. I was at Meijer’s just the other day looking for mayo that didn’t have soy in it, but to no avail.

  8. GiGi Eats Celebrities says:

    I eat tomato paste right out of the jar with a spoon lol!

  9. I’ve been wanting to try homemade ketchup for ages. I remember reading somewhere that it’s not a great idea to use canned foods if you can help it while on the ACD. . . what’s your take on that? (Of course I do use them, but just curious). I am guessing that if it’s organic and BPA-free, there is no reason to avoid it? It would take forever to cook down enough tomatoes for ketchup!! 😀

    • Hi Ricki! I am thinking I might have heard the same thing, but not sure where. Just doing a quick search on the internet it seems there might be question about added salt and other additives? Maybe that’s why. I love the tomatoes I linked to b/c even thought their canned goods are BPA free, their tomato paste comes in a jar so you can easily put the lid back on and stick it in your fridge or freezer without transferring it to another container – super convenient :)!

      Yes, the cooking down thing is a problem for me too. And if my tomato plants keep wilting I won’t have any anyhow. Well, some of them look fabulous. We’re trying to figure out the problem with the others.

  10. Sounds great – especially without all that sugar! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. This is sooo great and it uses all pantry ingredients!

  12. Yum yum! My husband has been asking for a healthy ketchup, so I will have to try this for him! I love your brand choice of tomato paste too. No more cans for me!

  13. Kaitlin C. says:

    I am such a ketchup addict! I use it as dip for almost all my fried viands and for my favorite french fries! Thanks for sharing this recipe for home made ketchup, now I can finally make it myself and some money since I no longer have to purchase it in the grocery. One item off my grocery list! Awesome!

    • Tricia says:

      I know, right???!! Plus all the plastic bottles I don’t have to recycle anymore. This is so much cheaper for us. I think we spend around $3 a bottle because we have to buy the sugar kind (and not the high-fructose-corn-syrup kinds. My hubby CANNOT have any high-fructose AT ALL).

  14. Mary Crabtree says:

    Thank you! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Talia B. says:

    How long do you think this would keep in the refrigerator?

  16. Sandra Mort says:

    Is there any reason you can’t just leave the sweetners out? I’m so tired of paying a fortune for unsweetened ketchup. I’d really love to can some once my romas are ripe (here’s for optimism, they haven’t started flowering yet) but all of the recipes I see for canned ketchup are LOADED with sweeteners. *GAG*

  17. Heather says:

    This looks really good! I am not a ketchup person, but my 3 year old has decided that he loves the stuff (my husband is a fan too!). I am on the hunt for a good recipe to replace the very expensive organic stuff I keep buying at the store.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve looked at several recipes to make my own Katchup over the years but always discarded them due to time constraints. Now I actually can make my own Katchup. Thank you

  19. That is easy! I’ll leave out the salt though! Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning!

  20. I have yet to make my own ketchup – BBQ yes…I need to get with the program. Thanks for linking at Trim Healthy Tuesday! Great FP.

    • I still need to tweak this one I think….it seemed to get stronger as it sat. It had never sat before…we always ate it:). But I’ll work on it when I can breathe :). Maybe when I can’t.

      Is your BBQ on your site? I have an easy peasy one on mine.

  21. This ketchup tastes fantastic! I used maple syrup as our sweetener of choice and it is perfect. I do have a question, though: why 7oz? Every can of tomato paste I’ve ever seen was 6oz! I just made it w/ the 6oz and skimped on all the other ingredients a little.

    • I just wrote another note in the post. Maybe I need to write more. I love the paste I linked to b/c it’s organic and in a jar so I don’t need to repackage. I should redo it for a 6 oz size to make it easier for readers – thanks!

  22. featuring this this week! I am due for a ketchup recipe stand-off!!

  23. Can you use honey for the sweetner?

  24. First time seeing vegetable glycerine in a recipe. I’m wondering about the function of glycerine in the recipe? Can it be substitute with olive oil or other kinds of oil? Thanks!

    • Vegetable glycerine is sweetener that doesn’t feed candida. You have to get food grade, however. You can sub another sweetener.

      • Lisa Hughes says:

        The link for the Now Foods Vegetable Glycerin in your recipe is NOT FOOD GRADE. Plus a lot of the recent reviews are horrible, must have changed the formulation. :(

      • I just clicked on the link to the sweetener you use, vegetable glycerine, and it comes up to a skin care product… is that right? lol And in the comments someone said it was labeled Not food grade…

  25. Thanks so much for this; I have been wanting to try making homemade ketchup for awhile. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. approx. how long will this keep in the fridge? Tastes awesome! thanks for post.

  27. Hi! My ketchup has turned solid… is that typical? I thought I put everything in. Can I reblend it with water?

  28. So excited to find your site..Its exactly what I have been searching for..Thanks for sharing your ideas and finds..so appreciate it.

  29. How long will it stay refrigerated?

  30. Just made it. used raw honey, omitted the molasses and cayenne pepper. used boiled water and it is great!!! love this recipe! really simple. going to put in small jars and freeze some. Thanks for sharing it !!

  31. Larry Hamrick says:

    Thought you said this was sugar free?

  32. Can this be canned? I usually make things in bulk :)

  33. If substituting xylitol for the sweetener do you know how much to use?

  34. So did you not know the dangers of sweeteners…!? Google allergies to saccharin and read all about it…!

  35. I’m intolerant to preservatives/saccharin…so I was rather hoping yr recipe would be completely natural, without artificial sweetener/stevia…!! Did you watch The truth about sugar on the i-player?; very enlightening/shocking…

    • Hi again. There are no preservatives or saccharin in pure stevia extract. Were you able to read the post I shared with you? I did a bunch of research on it. Thanks!

  36. Tricia says:

    hi! Trying this today! Boy is this super handy! We go through ketchup like nothing!!! I made lots of substitutes :). Plus my hubby has a really bad reaction to high-fructose so this is SUPERB!!! So far he’s LOVING IT!! He says it’s AWESOME! <3 <3 Thanks SO MUCH!! he says it's BETTER than ketchup!

  37. Thank you for sharing an amazing recipe and great info!

  38. Hi Adrienne! I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I made bar b q sauce using your ketchup recipe this summer and everyone loved it! So when I (finally!) purchased a Vitamix, I wanted to see if I could replace the tomato paste and water with whole fresh tomatoes, and IT WORKED!! Of course, you may want to cook it after, but since we were using it to baste ribs, I didn’t bother. The next day, I made taco sauce in my Vitamix then cooked it for 15 minutes, and it is perfect!! I just wanted to share…didn’t know if you ever tried it when fresh tomatoes are a-plenty :)

  39. How long does this last for? Have you ever tried freezing it? Came out great!

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