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. 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!

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

  3. Can you use honey for the sweetner?

  4. 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…

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

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

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

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

  9. How long will it stay refrigerated?

  10. 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 !!

  11. Larry Hamrick says:

    Thought you said this was sugar free?

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

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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 :)

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

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