Paleo Ketchup

This homemade paleo ketchup has the right balance of salty, sweet, tangy, and savoury flavours. It’s perfect for dipping French fries, on burgers, or drizzled on scrambled eggs.

This ketchup is easy to make and takes just a couple of minutes to prepare. You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

Main ingredients

Store bought ketchup typically contains a lot of sugar. This homemade ketchup recipe is sweetened with date paste and doesn’t contain any added sugar.

You can make date paste by soaking some dates in boiling water, then blending them up. See my recipe for date paste for exact amounts and instructions.

The main flavour of this ketchup comes from tomato paste. I used store bought canned tomato paste but you can make your own tomato paste at home if you prefer.

This ketchup gets its tangy, slightly sour flavour from some apple cider vinegar, but you can substitute any type of vinegar you prefer. White vinegar works, as does balsamic vinegar (but balsamic vinegar will change the colour of the ketchup, so stick with a paler vinegar if you prefer to keep the ketchup bright red).

This ketchup is spiced with garlic powder and onion powder. You can substitute fresh garlic and onion if you prefer.

I included some salt in this paleo ketchup recipe to give it plenty of flavour. You can reduce or omit the salt according to your preference or dietary requirements.

Optional additions

If you love spicy food, add some fresh chopped chili peppers or some dried chili flakes to this ketchup recipe.

Or add 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon and cumin to give this ketchup a unique flavour boost.

More paleo sauce recipes

For another nutritious condiment, try this bbq sauce recipe. It’s easy to make and has plenty of sweet and tangy flavour.

Or try this delicious lemon herb sauce. It’s full of fresh green herbs and is perfect on fish and other seafood.

A white plate with french fries and some ketchup.
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Paleo Ketchup

This paleo ketchup is perfect on burgers, fries, or scrambled eggs.
Course sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword refined sugar free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 18kcal


  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or substitute for whatever vinegar you like
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons date paste


  • Combine the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar (or substitute for whatever vinegar you like), garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and date paste in a bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Makes 12 servings of paleo ketchup.


  • You can store the ketchup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg