Homemade Healthy Ketchup

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If you’ve read the label on commercially made ketchup you know the recipe is filled with refined sugar and other frightening ingredients. Our homemade healthy ketchup provides all the tangy ketchup taste without any of the bad ingredients. You can even use no-calorie natural sugar substitutes to cut the calories even more. This delicious ketchup is one of the best we’ve ever tasted and you will love it on burgers, fries, sandwiches, and anything else that tastes great with your favorite tomato condiment.

In many cases, fruits and vegetables in their raw form is the healthiest way to consume the food. When it comes to tomatoes, you actually enjoy more health benefits when they are cooked. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, which many believe reduces a person’s risk for cancer. When tomatoes are cooked the lycopene is activated even more, so you enjoy greater benefits when you eat marinara sauce or ketchup. This gives you an opportunity to squeeze something healthy into your daily eating plan without going overboard with raw produce.

Looking for a few delicious dishes to enjoy with this healthy ketchup? Check out our lean turkey burgers. They are just as tasty as regular burgers, but much lower in saturated fat. You can also enjoy the ketchup on our tasty sweet potato chips.

Homemade Healthy Ketchup

A favorite condiment in almost every household, this ketchup takes it up a notch by providing a freshness you can't buy at the store.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 15kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 6 ounces tomato paste can or jar - recipe for Homemade "Canned" Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mild molasses honey is optional, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water


  • In a medium bowl, add all ingredients, and stir until combined; refrigerate in a glass jar with lid. Ketchup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 24mg | Sugar: 2g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1

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37 Comments on "Homemade Healthy Ketchup"

  1. Delta456  June 10, 2012

    Have you tried simply heinz ketchup? It's awesome.

    • Jessa977  June 11, 2012

      Yes! I've always been an avid Heinz Ketchup user, and when I found Simply Heinz and tried it, I was pleasantly surprised. It's fantastick.

    • Jessie  April 10, 2015

      i believe there is still high fructose corn syrup in it though 🙁

  2. 1948  June 11, 2012

    I have made ketchup before(not your recipe) but it didn't taste very good. I am excited to try this.

  3. Ziastate  June 11, 2012

    Does anyone know if this can be frozen?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 11, 2012

      Never have frozen it…let us know if you do and the results!

    • Kella  May 11, 2015

      My friend makes her own, and it freezes well. I don't like it bc of the v inegar. It gags me. Hers is not the same recipe, but it calls for 1/4c vinegar.

      • SkinnyMs  May 12, 2015

        Kella, You can certainly cut down the vinegar or use a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice in it's place (use half of the amount called for). A milder, sweeter vinegar would be a white balsamic.

  4. Colleen Hoffman  July 27, 2012

    is there a recipe for using home grown tomatoes?

  5. Nicole S.  August 30, 2012

    I altered this just a bit b/c of my son's food allergies. I used 1 tbs. dark unsulfered molasses instead of 2, did 1 tbs. of dried chives instead of the garlic and onions, and did about 1/8 c. white vinegar. It was delicious! This recipe is a winner! Best ketchup recipe I've found. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Skinny Ms.  September 1, 2012

      Nicole, That's fantastic! I love when someone finds our recipes easy to tweak and they're still delicious. 🙂

  6. Mama Bear  January 14, 2013

    in the ingredients, it says "unsalted" unsalted what??

  7. Tiffany Jones Toporek  March 25, 2013

    FYI I I used agave in place of molasses or honey and it turned out great.

  8. Kevin7197  April 10, 2013

    Quick question! Prepared mustard or mustard powder?

  9. Marvelyn  May 30, 2013

    I've been meaning to make ketchup. Thanks for the reminder. I would add a word of caution about tomato paste. I found a couple recently in my pantry that had all kinds of unexpected "stuff" in them. I threw them out. Watch the labels. It seems like it should be a simple ingredient list, but they can apparently get lengthy (and gross).

    • Skinny Ms.  May 30, 2013

      Marvelyn, Thanks! I definitely agree with that. Some tomato paste brands have all sorts of ingredients, including added sugar.

  10. Marvelyn  May 30, 2013

    I've been meaning to make ketchup. Thanks for the reminder. I would add a word of caution about tomato paste. I found a couple recently in my pantry that had all kinds of unexpected "stuff" in them. I threw them out. Watch the labels. It seems like it should be a simple ingredient list

  11. Karen  June 3, 2013

    The sugar per serving (11grams) is high for me, is there a substitute for the molasses or honey?

  12. texasmusicdiva  June 4, 2013

    If I use fresh tomatoes instead of the canned tomato paste how much tomatoes does that equate to? As in 2 or 3 lbs perhaps?

  13. April  July 14, 2013

    So excited to make this! When you say mustard, are you meaning ground or prepared?

  14. Luci McMullen  July 14, 2013

    I can't wait to try this. I have been on Advocare for 1 week and have lost 7 pounds. One thing that I have missed is catsup. I made sweet potato "fries" with my Nuwave oven. I used a tablespoon of whole grain mustard for a dip and it was delicious, but I missed catsup. I will make this tomorrow.

    For dieting, I sure recommend the Nuwave oven. I got mine from my neighbor and I love it. I use half a sweet potato, cut it into wedges, toss it with olive oil, add salt and pepper, then cook it for about 20 minutes in the Nuwave. They are sooooo good and on my diet.

    • Skinny Ms.  July 15, 2013

      Luci, Great! Keep us posted on the ketchup. What exactly is a Nuwave Oven?

  15. Lindsay  July 30, 2014

    This nutrition information is also perplexing. By my calculation (using CalorieCount.com) 1 serving of 8.5 would yield 40 kcals. What is your method of calculating nutrition facts?

    • SkinnyMs  August 1, 2014

      Lindsay, This has been corrected. The yield is actually higher. Thanks for noticing.

  16. Kay Phillips  December 15, 2014

    Balsamic vinegar has a VERY different flavor and color than white wine vinegar. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe…the first time I try a 'new' recipe, I follow the ingredient list exactly as written.

  17. SkinnyMs  January 6, 2015

    Louise, You're welcome:)!

  18. YourMLMrep  August 5, 2015

    Wow this was better than expected!

  19. Debi Hebner  February 12, 2020

    I was wondering why you didn’t cook this for a few minutes before putting it in the refrigerator. Especially with raw tomato paste. I would cook it for 10 or so minutes to make sure that everything is combined. But i can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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