Diving into a keto lifestyle is an adventure, especially when it comes to navigating the world of condiments. Ketchup, a beloved classic, often comes packed with sugars, making it a tricky fit for those counting carbs.
But imagine if you could indulge in the rich, tangy goodness of ketchup without any of the sugar? That’s exactly what this homemade sugar-free ketchup recipe offers.
Sugar-Free Keto Ketchup Recipe
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar-free sweetener (Monkfruit sweetener or other you prefer)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Prep Your Station: Gather all your ingredients and measure them out. This will make the cooking process smoother and quicker.
- Combine the Ingredients: In a medium-sized saucepan, add the tomato paste, white vinegar, sugar-free sweetener, water, kosher salt, dry mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
- Whisk It Up: Using a whisk, stir the ingredients together until they’re fully combined. The goal is to have a smooth mixture without any lumps.
- Simmer Time: Place the saucepan over low-medium heat. Wait for the mixture to reach a gentle simmer. This means you’ll see small bubbles forming and rising to the surface, but it’s not at a full boil.
- Thicken the Ketchup: Allow the mixture to cook for about 10 minutes. During this time, the ketchup will start to thicken. Stir occasionally to ensure the ketchup doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Check the Consistency: After 10 minutes, check the consistency of your ketchup. It should be thick but still pourable. If it’s too thick, you can thin it out with a little more water.
- Strain if Needed: If you notice any lumps or want a smoother texture, pour the ketchup through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Use a spoon to press the mixture through.
- Cool Down: Let the ketchup cool to room temperature. This will also allow the flavors to meld together nicely.
- Storage: Transfer the cooled ketchup to a clean jar or an airtight container. Seal it and place it in the refrigerator.
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Sugar-Free Keto Ketchup Recipe Variations
Heat Without the Carbs:
Craving some spice? Stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few drops of a carb-free hot sauce. This will give your ketchup a fiery kick without adding any extra carbs.
Smoky BBQ Flavor:
For a BBQ-style ketchup, mix in a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a dash of keto-friendly liquid smoke. This will give you that beloved BBQ taste while keeping it low-carb.
Fresh Herb Delight:
Enhance the flavor with fresh herbs. Stir in a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh basil, parsley, or cilantro after the ketchup has cooled. If using dried herbs, a teaspoon should suffice.
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for an extra tangy flavor. It’s a simple switch that can make a big difference in taste.
For a deeper flavor, replace half of the white vinegar with balsamic vinegar. Just ensure it’s a sugar-free variety to keep it keto-friendly.
Alternative Smoky Elements:
If smoked paprika isn’t available, a pinch of ground chipotle or a sprinkle of smoked sea salt can provide a similar smokiness.
Feel free to use your preferred keto-friendly sweetener. Whether it’s Monkfruit, stevia, xylitol, or a blend, choose what best suits your taste while keeping it low-carb.
These variations are designed to keep your ketchup keto-compliant while allowing you to play with flavors and find your favorite version. Enjoy crafting a condiment that’s uniquely yours!