Quick and Easy Homemade Ketchup

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Quick and Easy Homemade Ketchup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

If you are looking for a quick and easy, inexpensive ketchup to make at home with no additives or preservatives, this is the simplest option I have found. I am still working on this recipe and am honestly not thrilled with it yet, but it has received positive feedback from a handful of people. Specifically, from people that prefer a slightly sweeter ketchup.

I’m posting this at the request of a friend who really liked it. So, if quick and easy recipes are your style, try it and let me know what you think.

I would really love to know what you would change. I plan to work on this some more and I will post my final version when I am truly happy with it.

I’m not a big ketchup user, but when I do use ketchup, it is always Heinz. I’m not going to lie to you. This does not taste like Heinz. I have not yet come up with a simple method for ketchup made at home that can compare with everyone’s favorite ketchup.

However, this is an acceptable ketchup that worked well with fries. Yes, I’m calling it acceptable, because tomorrow, I’m going to post an exceptional homemade from scratch ketchup recipe.

It is neither quick nor simple, but it is worth it. I am so incredibly happy with the other ketchup, I almost didn’t post this one. But, I wanted to give an easier option as well. I would REALLY love for someone to tweak this in a way that makes it fabulous!

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Quick and Easy Homemade Ketchup

5 from 3 votes
Recipe adapted from and with thanks to The Lighthearted Cookbook by Anne Lindsay
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Ingredients 

  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Dash of worcestershire sauce optional – I really couldn’t tell a difference
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1/2 pinch allspice
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt according to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine all of these ingredients and whisk well. Chill overnight to blend the flavors.

Notes

Side note: I’ve made several variations of this sauce and I can tell no difference between when the mixture is warmed on the stove and whisked that way to combine, or when it is simmered a longer while or when it is simply combined cold and then placed in the refrigerator.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Sue says

    Came out great! I simmered with a piece of onion since I didn’t have any onion powder. And used a prepared garam masala with coriander, cumin, cinnamon and black pepper for most of the spice since I think ketchup should have coriander and I didn’t have any coriander. Simmered for 1/2 an hour, let cool for 1/2 an hour, served to my children and grandchildren with 4 lbs of cheeseburgers. It’s mostly gone now!5 stars

  2. Diane says

    I have made this recipe many times for my family and it is always a hit! Even my daughter, who does not like ketchup, loves this. I will never buy ketchup again. Thank you for posting!5 stars

  3. Laura says

    I think if you leave out the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice you will get a taste closer to Heinz. I put in less sugar and put it in a saucepan and thin it out with about 1/4 cup water, maybe a little more and simmer it for a few minutes until desired consistency is reached. My husband loved it. I ran out of ketchup so I made this and now I have to make it all the time. Lol