Homemade Ketchup Recipe (and Sugar-Free) - Dr. Axe

Homemade Ketchup Recipe (and Sugar-Free!)

Homemade ketchup recipe - Dr. Axe

Our most popular condiment, ketchup seems like an innocent addition to our burger or to accompany our sweet potato fries, right? Well, it’s pretty full of sugar and sodium. Per tablespoon, ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar and 190 milligrams of sodium. Four grams of sugar may not seem like much, it all of it comes from added sugar rather than the natural sugar found in tomatoes.

Instead, make your own! It’s surprisingly easy, tasty and nutrition-packed with this homemade ketchup recipe.

Healthy Ingredients

  • Sun-dried tomatoes: like tomatoes, they’re full of the powerful antioxidant lycopene
  • Apple cider vinegar: can keep blood sugar in check and even amp up weight loss
  • Raisins: when not overconsumed, raisins are a concentrated source of energy, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals
  • Sea salt: rich in trace minerals (it’s difficult these days to get enough trace minerals from the foods we eat due to the lack of nutrient-rich soil)

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

You’ll be shocked to find out how easy it is to make your own ketchup. First, soak the sun-dried tomatoes for at least two hours in order to soften them up. Drain them after time’s up.

(You can also make your own sun-dried tomatoes … in the oven! Grab a pint of cherry tomatoes. Preheat oven to 250°F. Slice the tomatoes in half and put them open side up on a baking sheet lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake for 3 hours. That’s it!)

Next, simply add the drained tomatoes, vinegar, raisins, onion powder and salt to a power blender or food processor. Blend on high, adding a little bit of water to help blending and increase the creaminess of the texture.


Serve immediately or refrigerate. It will keep for at least a week.

With Fresh Tomatoes

Want to use fresh tomatoes? Then you need to switch it up a bit. Get 2½ pounds of tomatoes and slice them up, then add them to a stock pot along with the rest of the ingredients. Cook at medium heat for 30 minutes, then add to a blender (or use an immersion blender). Then add back to the pot and cook the mixture down for another 30 minutes or so.

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Homemade ketchup recipe

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 5 min
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Our most popular condiment, ketchup contains far too much added sugar to be considered healthy. Instead, make your own! It’s surprisingly easy, tasty and nutrition-packed with this homemade ketchup recipe.


  • 1 cup soaked sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 2 hrs
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoon sea salt
  • water, as needed to facilitate blending


  1. Soak the sun-dried tomatoes for at least two hours, then drain.
  2. In a blender, add tomatoes, vinegar, raisins, onion powder and sea salt.
  3. Blend on high, adding water as needed to facilitate blending and increase creaminess.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


Serve immediately or refrigerate. It will keep for at least a week.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 26
  • Sugar: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 363mg
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 0.9g

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  1. Sandy on

    If a person battles with candida and pretty much stays away from sugary fruits like raisins could you substitute stevia or xylotol or something else for the sweetness part in making ketchup.

  2. Kim on

    I promise not to ask you how long it’s good for….. I see it is good for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Mark Clulow (Brit in China) on

    Darker than I expected – I wonder if adding a few fresh tomatoes might lighten the color?
    Quite a sharp taste, so I named it ‘electric ketchup’ – you can tell it’s packed with goodness and there’s no junk in there – wen’t REALLY well with the salmon patties – thanks Dr. Axe!

  4. Jonelle on

    Where can I find sulphite free sun dried tomatoes and also sulphite free raisins? Would you be able to suggest a few brand names that are sulphite free?

  5. Rita on

    Hi, what do you mean with sun dried tomato, is it the one organic jar with olive oil??
    And what do you mean to soak it for 2 hours?


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