keto Ketchup
Dressings & Sauces, Low Carb

Homemade Keto Ketchup Recipe

Imagine sinking your teeth into a juicy, perfectly grilled burger. The anticipation builds as you reach for that classic condiment, ketchup. But wait! You’re following a keto lifestyle, and traditional ketchup is loaded with sugar and carbs. Fear not, my friend, because I’ve got a game-changing recipe for you. Get ready to savor the sweet, tangy goodness of this homemade keto ketchup.

It’s a flavor-packed concoction that will make you forget all about the sugary stuff. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to whip up, requiring just a handful of ingredients. So, put away that store-bought bottle and get ready to elevate your burger game with this mouthwatering, guilt-free ketchup that’s perfect for your low-carb cravings.

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Keto Ketchup?

  • Tastes like regular ketchup, without the added sugar
  • Quick and easy 2-minute prep time
  • Smooth texture, no graininess
  • Made with simple, everyday ingredients
  • Low carb, gluten-free, diabetic-friendly, and keto-friendly
  • Ideal for batch cooking

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Keto Ketchup Recipe Ingredients

Tomato Paste: If you don’t have tomato paste, you can substitute it with an equal amount of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes, but note that the consistency and flavor may vary slightly.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar adds tanginess to the ketchup. You can also use an equal amount of white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar as substitutes.

White Vinegar: White vinegar contributes acidity to balance the flavors. If you don’t have white vinegar, you can use distilled vinegar or rice vinegar instead.

Brown Sugar Substitute: I have used keto brown sugar in this recipe. Some other popular options are erythritol, stevia, or monk fruit sweeteners.

Onion Powder: Onion powder adds a savory note and enhances the overall flavor profile.  You can substitute it with an equal amount of finely minced fresh onion or granulated onion.

Garlic Powder: If you don’t have garlic powder, you can use an equal amount of finely minced fresh garlic or garlic paste.

Salt: You can adjust the amount of salt based on your preference. However, be cautious if you’re following a low-sodium diet and consider using a salt substitute or reducing the amount.

Water: Water is added to adjust the consistency and help thin out the ketchup. If desired, you can use chicken or vegetable broth for added flavor instead of water.

Keto Ketchup Recipe Instructions

  1. Take a small saucepan and add the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar substitute, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and water. Mix the ingredients and ensures they are evenly combined.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and warm up the mixture. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.
  3. Once it starts to simmer and small bubbles forms on the surface, reduce the heat to low and stir continuously for 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  4. After the 5 minutes of simmering, remove a small amount of the ketchup with a spoon and taste it. Based on your personal preference, you can adjust the sweetness or saltiness.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the taste, remove the saucepan from the heat source. Let the ketchup cool down completely in the saucepan. Cooling allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly. Once cooled, the ketchup is ready to be used or stored in an airtight container.

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What To Serve with Keto Ketchup?

Keto Burgers: Enjoy a juicy, grilled burger patty topped with cheese, lettuce, pickles and our popular keto bun recipe. Dip each delicious bite into the keto ketchup for an extra burst of flavor.

Low-Carb Chicken Tenders: Whip up some crispy, breaded chicken tenders using almond flour or crushed pork rinds. Pair them with keto ketchup for a satisfying and guilt-free dipping experience.

Zucchini Fries: Slice zucchini into long strips, coat them with a mixture of almond flour and spices, then bake until golden and crispy. These zucchini fries are perfect for dunking into the keto ketchup.

Keto Meatballs: Whether they’re made from ground beef, turkey, or a combination of meats, meatballs are a versatile and flavorful option. Serve them as an appetizer or alongside a bed of zoodles (zucchini noodles), and dip them generously into the keto ketchup.

Low-Carb Veggie Snacks: Use the keto ketchup as a dip for various low-carb veggies like cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, celery sticks, or cauliflower florets. It’s a healthy and refreshing option for a quick snack.

These are just a few ideas, but feel free to get creative and explore other dishes that you enjoy. The keto ketchup can add a delightful touch of flavor to a wide range of low-carb meals and snacks.

How to Store Keto Ketchup?

To store this keto ketchup, allow it to cool completely after preparing it. Once cooled, transfer the ketchup to an airtight container, such as a glass jar or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Make sure the container is clean and dry before adding the ketchup to prevent any potential contamination.

Seal the container tightly to keep out air and moisture. Store the ketchup in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness and extend its shelf life. Properly stored, this homemade keto ketchup can typically be refrigerated for up to two weeks. Before each use, give the container a good stir to ensure the ingredients are well combined. Enjoy the convenience of having your own sugar-free ketchup on hand whenever you need it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this keto ketchup suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions?

Yes, this keto ketchup recipe is low in carbs, gluten-free, and suitable for those following a ketogenic or low-carb lifestyle. It is also diabetic-friendly as it contains no added sugars. However, it’s always advisable to check the specific ingredients and any dietary requirements you may have to ensure it aligns with your needs.

Can I make the ketchup spicier?

Absolutely! If you enjoy a bit of heat, you can add spices like cayenne pepper, chili powder, or even a dash of hot sauce to the ketchup. Adjust the amount according to your spice tolerance, and remember to taste and adjust as you go.

Can I freeze the keto ketchup?

While it’s possible to freeze the keto ketchup, it’s worth noting that the texture and consistency may change slightly upon thawing. Freezing can cause some separation, but you can easily give it a good stir to reincorporate the ingredients. Consider freezing it in smaller portions, so you can thaw only what you need at a time.

How long will the keto ketchup stay fresh in the freezer?

When stored properly in an airtight container in the freezer, the keto ketchup can typically stay fresh for up to two months. However, always use your judgment and inspect the ketchup for any signs of spoilage before consuming.

Can I use this keto ketchup in cooking or recipes that require ketchup?

Absolutely! This keto ketchup can be used in cooking just like regular ketchup. It can be added to meatloaf, meatballs, marinades, or used as a base for barbecue sauces. Feel free to get creative and use it as a flavorful ingredient in your favorite keto-friendly recipes.

Homemade Keto Ketchup Recipe

This is a flavorful and satisfying keto ketchup recipe that offers a delightful balance of sweetness and tanginess, all while being completely sugar-free. Crafted with a low-carb approach and using only a select few ingredients, it's a perfect choice for those following a keto-friendly diet.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Dip
Servings 20
Calories 8 kcal


  • Sauce pan


  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup keto brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup water


  • In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and warm the mixture.
  • Once it starts to simmer, reduce the heat to low and stir continuously for 5 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the sweetness or saltiness according to your preference.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool completely.


The ketchup's flavors will continue to develop over time. If possible, prepare it a day ahead to allow the flavors to fully develop before serving.
If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little more water during the simmering process. Conversely, if you desire a thicker ketchup, simmer for a few more minutes to reduce the liquid.


Calories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.04gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 184mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg
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