Homemade Ketchup In Just 5 Minutes!

Homemade ketchup in just 3 steps – Easy, rich in flavour and definitely healthier than the store-bought version. Plus it’s naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free.

**This post was originally published in August 2016 and updated with more info**

Probably the most famous sauce in the world, ketchup is super versatile and can be used in a lot of different recipes.

Obviously, the best way to enjoy it is with french fries together with some good homemade mayonnaise.

An all-time-favorite among kids and grown-ups, ketchup is a staple for so many dishes, just think about chunky hot chips, hot dogs or burgers.

They just wouldn’t taste the same without a good dose of ketchup.

But have you ever tried making your own homemade ketchup?

Homemade Ketchup vs Store-bought

Store-bought ketchup contains some ingredients that I tend to avoid,  such as high-fructose corn syrup and a list of preservative.

Homemade ketchup, on the other hand, is cheaper, contains only a bunch of natural ingredients and spices, it takes very little effort to make, tastes so much better and it’s definitely a better choice for you.

Some pretty good reasons to choose to make your own ketchup over buying it!

Two ways to make homemade ketchup

There are a lot of variations on the original ketchup recipe, which involve the use of various spices or different kinds of vinegar.


I try to keep it as simple as possible, using only few ingredients and just the basic spices.


Once you master the basics, it’s easy to get carried away and try new ingredient combinations or add some fresh herbs as I did in this spicy basil ketchup.


Over the years I’ve tried both the slow-cooked version, which remains a little bit thicker and grainy, and the quick no-cooking version, where all you need to do is throw the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.


Although the latter is quick and effortlessly easy, the slow-cooked homemade ketchup uses canned tomatoes instead of paste and delivers much more flavour.


If you have a little more time on hand, give the slow-cook version a try and you won’t be disappointed!

Homemade Ketchup (slow-cooking version)

Yeld: Makes about 3 cups

Total time: about 1 hour


2lb (800gr) Plum canned Tomatoes, blended until creamy

1 Onion, medium and finely chopped

2 tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil

3 oz (80gr) brown sugar

1 tsp Salt

4 fl oz (120ml) white vinegar

1 tbsp Tomato paste

1 tsp Cinnamon powder

1 tsp Black Pepper powder

grated nutmeg and chilli…

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