Homemade ketchup

Homemade ketchup

  • Author: Oh Happy Dane
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Chinese


What I really like about making ketchup myself is, that I can control how much sugar I want in it. A ketchup needs a hint of sweetness but not too much. However it needs to be at once savory and sweet.



  • 500 g ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small apple (peeled)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice seasoning (or ground allspice)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or more/less depending on how sweet you want it)
  • salt


  1. First you wash and cut the tomatoes, apples (peeled), onions and garlic in small pieces and add them into a saucepan.
  2. Now you simply just add the rest of the ingredients except the sugar.
  3. Then boil it all thoroughly (stir frequently!) until the apples are tender.
  4. Now you add the dark brown sugar and taste to see if you need to add more vinegar, sugar or salt.
  5. Cook for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Finally you blend the ketchup by using a hand blender and strain the mass through a sieve until just an approx. 2-3 tbsp thick pulp mass is left back.
  7. If you feel that the ketchup is too thin, you may thicken it slightly with 1 teaspoon corn starch mixed with 2 teaspoons of cold water, and then give it a quick boil.
  8. Now, pour the mixture into a scalded Jar and place it in the refrigerator.
  9. Enjoy cold – with everything!


My recipe for homemade ketchup is a little bit darker than the branded ones, because I use brown sugar. You can use regular sugar if you prefer that.

Enjoy cold – with everything!

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