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.

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 Make 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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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.


3.3 from 3 reviews
Easy Homemade Ketchup (sugar free)
Recipe type: Sauces
Cuisine: Sugar-Free
Serves: approx. 1½ cups
With this Easy Ketchup Recipe you can ditch the High-Fructose Corn Syrup, loads of sugar, and suspicious "natural flavors" of the store bought brands.
  • 7 oz (approx ¾ cup) tomato paste (I love this brand. Of course, you can use 6 oz cans and just reduce the other ingredients.)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetener of choice, or to taste. (For low carb, use 1 T vegetable glycerine and 1/64 tsp stevia or just ½ scoop of stevia extract. See stevia usage info here.)
  • ¾ teaspoons salt (I love this brand)
  • ¾ teaspoons granulated garlic (if using powder, use ⅜ tsp)
  • ¾ teaspoons granulated onion (if using powder, use ⅜ tsp)
  • 3/16 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ Tablespoon molasses (optional. I used blackstrap. For a low-glycemic option, use yacon syrup or a dash of stevia extract.)
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅔ cup water (filtered. See Is Your Water Safe?)
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir to blend completely.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.


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 :).


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?

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  1. How would you give this a bbq sauce flavor.? I am giving up sugar next month and I am not big on ketchup,however, I do like bbq sauce

  2. I am so glad to find a simple ketchup recipe since some seem to have a list a mile long of ingredients. For BBQ sauce my Mom would do a similar recipe to your ketchup recipe but just adding in a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce. Last summer I was using my homemade ketchup for grilling with the added Worcestershire Sauce but would change it up with some sauteed onion or crushed garlic cloves.

  3. I looked at the sugar content of the tomato paste you use, and it has 18 grams of sugar in the 7 oz jar. So, how is this sugar free? Am I missing something? Please clarify for me. I checked the Bionatural web-site and did not find a sugar free tomato paste.

  4. Can you make the measurements differently? I don’t know what 1/64 teaspoon is, or 1/16 teaspoon and its making it incredibly difficult. All I have is 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp and 1 tbsp measurements. Or just say ‘a pinch’ or ‘3/4 of 1/4 tsp’ something easier like that. I added too much stevia not knowing the exact measurements.

  5. There is sugar in Molasses…. I’m looking for sugar free recipes because I’m allergic to sugar cane.

  6. Marie McC says:

    Made this yesterday using Truvia as my sugar replacement. Love it!! Didn’t have any molasses or allspice on hand, but it was still great without them!

  7. Bubbles says:

    Hi Adrienne, looking forward to trying this recipe but I’d just like to know if I can use rice malt syrup instead of as a sweetner? Cheers.

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