Low-Carb Living ~ No-Sugar Ketchup & Variations

Friday, July 27, 2012

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Ketchup -- well the truth of the matter is IT IS FULL OF SUGAR. I have for the most part opted to live without ketchup since my Low Carb journey began and for the most part, I didn't think I missed it. Well, now that #1 son is camping out in my basement and has decided he wants to try the low carb *thing* (he is doing very well at it), he whined asked for ketchup for his eggs (YUCK, lol). I knew Dana Carpender had a recipe in 500 Low-Carb Recipes so I figured I'd give that a whirl.
In Dana's recipe, you assemble the entire thing in the blender. I've made ketchup before and always cooked it. I decided that would be what I did in this recipe too. I sauteed  the onions in the tiniest bit of olive oil and then added the rest of the ingredients and heated until it boiled (put a lid on it as it will splat and get you). Then I used my immersion blender to the ketchup-ie consistency. Boy that stuff smelled GOOD when cooking. Made me want hot dogs - so we grilled some and I can honestly say I HAVE MISSED KETCHUP -- not any more. This recipe is terrific and I will make sure to keep it on hand. Since making this recipe, I have also used this as the base for Dana's Cocktail Sauce for shrimp, Dana's Steak Sauce, 1000 Island Dressing/Sauce for burgers and am now playing with making a BBQ sauce using it as the base -- don't quite have that one right yet but will keep you posted.

Dana's No-Sugar Ketchup

500 Low-Carb Recipes
(Printable Version)

2 - 6 ounce cans tomato paste
1-1/3 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup Splenda
4 tablespoons minced onion
4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon guar or xanthan*

Just throw everything in your blender and run, scraping down the sides from time to time, until the onion and garlic disappear. Store in a snap-top container in the fridge, and use just like any ketchup.

* this item is not essential but makes your ketchup a little thicker and helps keep the water from separating out if don’t use it quickly. I was able to find packets of xanthan by Hodgson Mills at my local Wal-Mart store.

Makes 3 cups, or 24 servings of two tablespoons, each with: 18 Calories; trace Fat ; 1g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber

Low-Carb Steak Sauce
500 Low-Carb Recipes
(Printable Version)

1/4 cup Dana's No-Sugar Ketchup (see above)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine well and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Yield: 5 servings of 1 Tbsp, each with 2.25g of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber and a trace of protein

Cocktail Sauce
500 Low-Carb Recipes
(Printable Version)

1/4 cup Dana's No-Sugar Ketchup (see above)
1 tsp prepared horseradish
2 or 3 drops Tabasco
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Just stir together and DIP!

Yield: 1/4 cup, with 10 grams of carbohydrate, a trace of fiber and a trace of protein in the whole batch.

Posting to Michael's Foodie Friday, Honey's Potpourri Friday and Sall's Farm Fresh Friday!


  1. Jen said...:

    Gail I'm going to try this and use Trivia....BTW I have a meatball recipe that uses ketchup as a base...has liquid smoke and brown sugar....I wonder if you could make homemade brown sugar using Trivia and molasses?

  1. Jen -- I LOVE Truvia. I know that Dana Carpender from 500 Low-Carb Recipes uses Blackstrap Molassas in some of her recipes. Lots of flavor and low glycemic impact. Only 4-5 carbs per teaspoon and the flavor would go a long way!

    Splenda does make a brown sugar sub but I have not used it. If you make your meatballs with the molassas, let me know how they turn out -- SOUNDS YUMMY :)


  1. Valerie said...:

    Bookmarking this page for sure! We recently went low-carb in our household and although I am not a ketchup eater, my hubby is! Might have to try this out!

  1. I'll bet it taste better than any bottled ketchup!

  1. Linda Stubbs said...:

    This looks like it would be fun to try! I will wait for more tomatoes! Hugs sweet friend, me

  1. Carol said...:

    I soooo love ketchup! And now, I realize why!
    Thanks for the recipe. I'm saving it!

  1. FABBY'S LIVING said...:

    What a great recipe for low carb ketcup!! I don't mind living without ketcup, but if I can have this one, GREAT!! Since January I've been eating as you say and I've lost 25 lbs. and still losing. I just posted my grand Victoria's birthday where you can see how I look...and now I think I'm even lighter! Thanks for your tips!

  1. Fabby -- 25lbs is HUGE -- you rock my friend. I am so proud of your accomplishment. Keep up the good work.


  1. Debbie said...:

    Oh goodness, I must try this one! I have every ingredient but that xanthan.

  1. kitty said...:

    These recipes are great, Gail! 5 carbs for the ketchup...wow!!!

  1. Wow, I'm printing this off and adding it to my to-do list! It's tomato season and this couldn't have come at a better time for me! Thanks so much for sharing at Farm Fresh Friday!
    Lisa Sall

  1. tracegrace said...:

    Thank you for this recipe, i will for sure use it!!!
    I've never heard of guar or xanthan ... hopefully they have it in Canadian Walmart's too.

  1. Adrienne said...:

    I came here from Tickleberry Farm - and I'm so glad I did! Thank you for sharing this recipe and the other sauces you've done from Dana Carpender's books. I'm struggling to stay on my low-carb plan and you've been such an inspiration! I'll be back again.

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