Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Nothing for me quite beats the joy of a homemade tomato ketchup, whether loaded on a hamburgers, fish finger sandwich or on fish and chips!

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

I honestly think I grew up on tomato ketchup, not homemade tomato ketchup at all but I would smear that stuff on everything and if ketchup was not on offer then the chances of me turning my nose up at dinner were exceptionally high.

Fortunately my taste buds have altered and matured along with me and now my need for the red stuff is not so high but I still love it and homemade tomato ketchup is now the only way to go for me.

Being able to tweak flavour profiles so it sits just right for me is amazing and it is not so sweet and sharp either meaning you actually do get the flavour of tomatoes in homemade tomato ketchup rather than lordie knows what flavour in the shop bought stuff.

Fish And Chips with Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Now despite my tastes changing there are a number of things that must be smeared in ketchup, fish and chips being the first and foremost but everything from burgers to steak and chips (don’t judge) but my absolute favourite.

My guilty food secret if you like, but I aint go no shame and feel no guilt is a fish finger sandwich with loads of tomato ketchup, the bread must be white and squidgy, plenty of butter, whole fish fingers and as much ketchup as you can shake a stick at!

Forget all the gourmet versions that seem to be filling pub menus in the the UK on bloody grilled soda bread with tartare sauce served on a poncy slate. Fish finger sandwiches are about childhood memories for me and they should sing of my childhood so there :p

Anyway I digress, Homemade tomato ketchup is awesome, really simple to make and uses my tomato passata recipe (video below) as a base and I don’t just slather it on fish finger butties, it is also a great back bone for a sweet and sour sauce as in my take away style sweet and sour chicken and of course as a BBQ Glaze on my BBQ ribs!

Homemade Tomato Ketchup
Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Yield: Loads
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Nothing for me quite beats the joy of a homemade tomato ketchup, whether loaded on a hamburgers, fish finger sandwich or on fish and chips!


  • 1 Litre Tomato Passata
  • 100 ml Cider Vinegar
  • 100 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 50 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Basil, Finely chopped
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme


  1. This recipe really could not be more simple...
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the sugar into a large pan and stir.
  3. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat and when simmering add in the sugar and serve until dissolved.
  4. Now reduce to the desired consistency, we all like our ketchups of a different thickness so I will leave it to you how you like yours!
  5. Finally I like to pass my ketchup through a fine mesh sieve or chinois but this is optional.
  6. The bottle and use as you wish, simples!


This will save refrigerated for at least a month but if you want to scale up the recipe simply can in steralised jars and it will save for at least a year!

Calorific value refers to the entire recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1314mg Carbohydrates: 139g Fiber: 13g Sugar: 117g Protein: 10g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

18 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Brian, if I could only describe how delicious this looks! I’m such a ketchup fanatic; really, I put it on almost everything. I gotta make this!

    • I used to, I have now weened myself off a bit but would break into a cold sweat if there were none in the pantry ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. This sounds like absolute perfection. Hopefully I can convince the roommates to give up store bought ketchup for this!

    • The joy of homemade ketchup is you can tinker with the flavours and make it just the way your roommates (or you) want it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Give it a go it is so simple, I have scaled this recipe right down… I usually make up a huge batch and cook over an open fire in the garden when I am tidying up before winter ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh that spice blend sounds perfect. I am obsessed with making everything taste like celery right now, so the celery salt is my faaaave!

  4. This is a fantastic recipe Brian. I love homemade everything and tomato ketchup is definitely on that list. But I’ve never used celery salt in it. Do you find it better than just regular salt?

    • Naturally celery salt has that celery hint in the flavour so it is just another flavour profile in the spicing ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lol at the bloody grilled poncy posh fish finger butties Bri, lol indeed! When I met Hungry Hubby, we had one major food problem – he would only have red sauce, I would only have brown. He converted me over the years to really liking ketchup but it wasn’t until we tried Wilkins & Son Ketchup that I really started to love it – I can’t stand the Heinz version now and will stick with HP if that’s all that is on offer. I have never tried to make my own but oh my would you be scoring me major brownie points if I could make a ketchup that The Hungry One likes! I am saving this one and will be reporting back ๐Ÿ˜€

    • It is a really simple thing to make and you know the flavours he likes so tweak it to his liking… I love making this stuff and whilst I don’t consume ketchup to the level I used to as a kid I reckon I would get cold sweats if I didn’t have some in the pantry ๐Ÿ˜‰

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